... and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hatebut we'll just shake it off
It's funny how we often perceive the world to be vastly different from what it was when we were children or when our parents or grandparents were young. Yet, in many of the ways that count, nothing much has changed.
This truth is illustrated in Danish writer and thinker Søren Kierkegaard's personal diary, where he talks of the psychology that drives phenomena that we typically associate with the now, contemporary world: bullying and trolling. The thing is, he wrote about it in 1847.
An excerpt:There is a form of envy of which I frequently have seen examples, in which an individual tries to obtain something by bullying [...] essentially it shows that he regards me as something great, maybe even greater than I am: but if he can’t be admitted as a participant in my greatness, at least he will laugh at me.
(to read the full passage, please see the article)
There is a worthy lesson to be taken away from Kierkegaard's words, and remember, next time you're confronted with an online bully or troll:Showing that they don’t care about me, or caring that I should know they don’t care about me, still denotes dependence… They show me respect precisely by showing me that they don’t respect me. #bullying #trolling #psychology #humancondition