Today is not so much funny as it is stupid irony. The fact that someone will go online just to attack other people for no real reason and hurt other people, or cause them to quit writing in their journal is what I would call "stupid irony". I hate it! It is just plain senseless and cruel.
I was not going to address anything about this, however some of the writers of journals that I read have been attacked and I feel the need to address the issue of Internet trolls and let our friends know that we all realize what is written at "that" journal is pure B.S. and that we support our friends. We are here for you.
In actuality this whole nastiness reminds me of those mean and ugly bullies in the schoolyard. The only reason they pick on people is because it gives them a momentary false feeling of superiority. How sick and childish is that? I almost feel pity for them when I realize what an enormous inferiority complex they must have. Yes, pity. Imagine how unhappy this poor person must be in their own life to randomly start attacking people that they don't even know.
Have I seen the "journal"? Yes, I went there once and it seemed more like thoughtless, cruel, and jealous blathering than anything else. I thought for a mere second of leaving a comment, but it occurred to me that is exactly what this person is looking for. They just want attention any way they can get it.
Having people come and read their twisted attacks on other people and leaving comments only fuels their fire. I would bet they even get a rush when they read the comments and plan their next verbal assault. So while I am disgusted with the little game they are playing, I will not give them the pleasure of leaving a comment about them or anything they write about in their journal.
Instead I want to share with you what I learned about Internet trolls. There are several definitions and pages on the Internet about them. Disgusting little creatures that they are.
Here is one definition of an Internet Troll: 2. n. An individual who chronically trolls in sense 1; regularly posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks to a newsgroup, discussion list, or in email for no other purpose than to annoy someone or disrupt a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by the fact that they have no real interest in learning about the topic at hand - they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly creatures they are named after, they exhibit no redeeming characteristics, and as such, they are recognized as a lower form of life on the net, as in, “Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll.” Compare kook. That comes from this page, Troll.
Another interesting read on Internet Trolls is this page at Wikipedia.
Please, if you have seen the journal or left a comment, do me a favor and DON'T go back. I realize it is a bit like driving past a 15 car pile up and not looking...but at least if you feel the need to go and read, DON'T leave a comment. You are only feeding a nasty little troll, and the more you feed it, the longer it will hang around.
So my daily OM for today seemed to be a bit appropriate and I wanted to share it with you.
February 17, 2006
Sound Of Stillness
Noise As A Distraction
Our lives are typically filled with noise. There are the noises from the outside world that we cannot control, and there are the noises we allow into our lives. These noises, from seemingly innocuous sources like the television and radio, can actually help us avoid dealing with uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. However, using noise as a distraction hurts more than it helps because you are numbing yourself to what may be internally bubbling up to the surface for you to look at and heal. Distracting yourself with talk-radio, television, or other background noises can also prevent you from finding closure to issues that haunt you.
Noise as a distraction can affect us in many ways. It can help you stay numb to emotions that you don't want to feel, allow you to avoid dealing with problems, distract you from having to think, and make it easier for you to forget reality. Drowning out the thoughts and emotions you find uncomfortable or overwhelming can complicate your issues because it allows them to fester. By tuning out noise and relishing silence, you create the space to experience and express what you are hiding. It is only then that self-exploration can begin in earnest and you can stare down frightening issues. In silence, it becomes easier to let your strongest feelings come forth, deal with them, and find new ways of resolving your problems.
When you go within without the veil of noise to shield you from yourself, you'll be able to figure out what you need to heal. Embracing silence and introspection allows you to work through your thoughts and emotions and transmute them. Free of the need for noise, you can accept your pain, anger, and frustration as they come up and turn them into opportunities to evolve.
I want to close today by offering my support and friendship to those who have been so viciously attacked for no apparent reason. Don't let jealousy, inferiority, bullies or nasty little trolls stop you from writing in your journals.