Twitter can be an entertaining medium, and it’s vital for people who need to share their own work.
It’s also a place that could make you believe society is frayed beyond repair. Sometimes, that style of no-holds-barred argument, exemplified by the current president, carries over into real life.
We have alternatives. Beating the bullies at their own game isn’t always possible, but as Mom taught you when you had trouble at school, you don’t have to let them get to you.
Here on Medium, Sarah Treleaven reaches back to Western traditions:
In ancient Greece and Rome, the Stoics, a group of philosophers who preached the value of emotional resilience — and whose teachings have plenty of modern-day devotees — urged adherents to let insults go. “Many have taken small injuries much more seriously to heart than they need,” wrote the Stoic philosopher Seneca. “The best revenge,” advised fellow Stoic and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, “is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”
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But it’s not just Western philosophy. A Zen approach has been touted for more than a decade:
If we approach social media focused exclusively on what we can gain or what we think we should get, we set up a division in our relationships, one that often ends up preventing us from receiving the very thing we seek. When we give what we want to receive, it changes the dynamic such that, ironically, we are more likely to get what we seek.
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Zen in motion can be seen from an unlikely source — Alexi Lalas, the Hall of Fame soccer player who now plays the role of provocateur on Fox’s soccer broadcasts.
Another way to look at this approach is from another Eastern tradition — judo. Sure, judo can be rather violent — before her MMA and pro wrestling careers — Ronda Rousey made her reputation as a judoka who put opponents’ arms in peril — but an underlying tenet is to take someone’s aggression and turn it around with subtle redirection. Meet the people who are teaching along those lines:
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So after all that, please be kind in the comments.