Toxicity & The Yuppie Apocalypse
"Toxic speech does not trigger me. It does not coerce me. It doesn’t flummox or taunt me into reactionary behavior. Stoicism, remember? I’m not immune, I’m just in a bit more control. There’s that intelligence again."
I'm not immune either and have to admit I still get triggered, but I suck it up and ride the reaction out...and most of all shut up. So, yes, that is what we can use our intelligence for - a bit more control. Bit by bit, whatever it takes. I grew up on a farm in the 40s and 50s the son of Ivy League parents. I was more Fauntleroy than 'Rebokist', but got myself punched and kicked by future Trump voters for years until I lost it and did my level best to kill them with anything that came to hand - sticks stones and the odd rusty bolt or bit of glass. They ran. After years of sniveling, I fought back and after that they let me alone. I learned violence was part of the equation. About 70 years have passed since then and I'm still learning. Thanks for the perspective.
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