|Posted by Virginia on January 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM||comments (4)|
I have endured, considerable cyber-bullying on Topix. I have survived and grown stronger from the ordeal, and I wanted to share a few tips on how I did this to help others.
The trick is Mind Control. Its all about mind control.
I have used the writings of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations*, which is practically a "how-to" in this area. It works:
"Nothing that goes on in anyone else's mind can harm you. Nor can the shifts and changes in the world around you.
- Then where is harm to be found?
- In your capacity to see it. Stop doing that and everything will be fine.
Let the part of you that makes that judgement keep quiet even if the body it's attached to is stabbed or burnt, or stinking with pus, or consumed by cancer.** Or to put it another way: It needs to realize that what happens to everyone - bad and good alike - is neither good nor bad. That what happens in every life - lived naturally or not - is neither natural nor unnatural."
* Gregory Hay's translation, by far the best
**or attacked by cyber-bullies
|Posted by Virginia on December 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM||comments (3)|
This is an interesting and relevant article:
|Posted by Virginia on December 14, 2010 at 9:38 PM||comments (1)|
These have so many applications for Troll Busters:
Rouse [the enemy], and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.
We can form a single united body, while the enemy must split up intofractions. Hence there will be a whole pitted against separate parts of a whole, which means that we shall be many to the enemy’s few.
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy’s purpose.
Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.
[T]he skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy.
O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands.
The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points; and his forces being thus distributed in many directions, the numbers we shall have to face at any given point will be proportionately few.
The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.
Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a questionof subdivision; concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions.
Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy: — this is the art of retaining self-possession.
Spies are a most important element in war, because on them depends an army’s ability to move.
Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity.
Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.
At the critical moment, the leader of an army acts like one who has climbed up a height and then kicks away the ladder behind him. He carries his men deep into hostile territory before he shows his hand.
|Posted by Virginia on December 8, 2010 at 7:12 PM||comments (11)|
The discussion has come up about having the long-needed Topix Hall of Fame.
The Topix Hall of Fame would be dedicated to the many outstanding creative Topix talents that have posted on their forums. These talents are an asset to Topix, one not well-enough realized, as well as to those who have enjoyed their writing and posts.
I have written that Topix is the outer-limits of Free Speech and this is true. This has yielded a fertile ground for imaginative, courageous talents who have blessed us and Topix with their talent.
Here is a list of commentator's I feel are deserving of this honor, others are welcome to add names I am not familiar with.
The criteria should be:
• A decent amount of time on Topix
• A distictinctive creative style
• Writing ability
• Blog-dueling/debate capability
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