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Imagine being in a small town and someone’s house is on fire. What do people talk about? What do people do?

Figuratively speaking, the earth is smouldering all over. The oil lobby call it the dismissive name of global warming or climate change. That should be what everyone is talking about, what everyone is working on. You should hear about it several times a hour on the radio and TV.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

Online Insults

When someone goes out of their way to insult you online, what are they hoping to achieve? It could just be to cause you the mental pain of rejection. You can deny them this by completely ignoring the post. They don’t even know for sure you read it. If you respond in a defensive or angry way, they get their emotional payoff. They may be trying to reduce you in the eyes of others. In that case you might treat them literally and point by point calmly demolish their putdowns. If all is well, they come off as silly, rash and shrill. However, if you succeed, they will be furious at the humiliation and will quite possibly dedicate their lives to trashing you. It is tempting to smash an irritating fly, but rarely the optimal strategy. The best strategy is praise for desirable posts. That seems to diffuse animosity.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

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