In the old days, when I was a kid, a popular saying was, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
What befuddles me is how so many people get so bent out of shape reading, or listening to, something from someone they don’t even know. There are billions of conversations happening every day on this planet that we could care less about because we aren’t exposed to them. There are millions of issues; only we can decide which ones to worry about. Wouldn’t it be easier if we just concentrated on the ones that effect us directly, and we could actually have an effect on? Getting wound up about something we can’t fix, or is none of our “beeswax”, seems such a waste of emotional energy.