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The Power of Audacity

Posted by Denver Insomniac on January 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Usually when you see someone on the Internet being trolled or bullied badly, they are by themselves. No support, no back up, just fighting back as one person. Most of the time, there is never a valid reason for the argument or trolling, it’s just there. That is what Trolls do and how they chase people off. I often find myself asking the same question: “Why?”- A simple thing to inquire but a very confounding thing to answer. Obviously, Trolls and bullies have no reason to answer this, it is their purpose on the Internet to stir up confusion and anger. When the question is composed to normal people travelling the cyber highway, the question develops more depth and becomes more confounding… Why don’t we help people out when we see them being trolled or bullied? You know you have seen someone being trolled or bullied at least once and decided to pass on getting involved. I’m sure everyone has done this at least once. I can recall a few times I did it before becoming involved in the Keepers movement. Ultimately, it is like the story of the Good Samaritan, how many people will pass that person hurt on the side of the road before someone decides to stand up and do something about it?

Unlike the Good Samaritan, this is the Internet. There are obvious differences between the two. I guess that is what confuses me the most… Most Message Boards and Forums have fairly simple Trolls and bullies, with the support of 2 or 3 people, they are very easy to thump. Why don’t we do this more often?

I believe one solution to cyber bullying and Trolls is standing together and fighting back, so much good can be achieved with combined effort. You know how they say, “One person can make a difference”, imagine what several could do concerning this issue. All it really takes is the audacity to stand up, all together and help someone out or back each other up. You’d be surprised how successful such a simple thing could be. It is ultimately what the Keepers hope good people on Topix realize and start doing.


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Reply Virginia
12:56 PM on January 24, 2011 
Awesome, PI. This is so true. All of the complaining about bullying on Topix neglects the fact, that all it takes, are enough people fighting back. Problem solved. What I love about Topix, is that the fighting spirit is there, so many times I see people jumping to the defense of their friends there, even new friends they have just met. Topix brings out the best, and the worst, in human nature, its a website of extremes. But in this environment, one of real pressure, human character can be built, as they say, diamonds are formed under pressure, all it takes is the courage to act, and the love for our fellow human beings.
Reply The Tank
5:57 PM on January 24, 2011 
We should post this on Facebook, Virginia.
Reply Virginia
10:02 PM on January 25, 2011 
I did, in a couple of places, and on my profile I wrote a bit about Politically and the incredible strength of his character.
Reply Virginia
11:24 PM on January 25, 2011 
Here is a great, relevant quote:

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles. - Karl Von Clausewitz
Reply Virginia
11:25 PM on January 25, 2011 
Another one:

The first quality that is needed is audacity. - Winston Churchill
Reply Virginia
1:02 AM on January 27, 2011 
Another one:

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. - Thucydides
Reply jo-original
10:58 PM on January 29, 2011 
Very helpful thx.
Reply Virginia
2:07 PM on February 2, 2011 
here is another great quote:

"He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions." - J. F. Clarke