Symbolic Sticks and Stones

This is what Bi-Polar actor Stephen Fry said when he received a rude comment and decided to leave Twitter: “Well maybe I’ll see how I feel in a few days. Very low and depressed at the moment and any drop of meanness makes it so much worse. Sorry.”

When famous people are affected by other people’s comments, it can be exponentially worse than people with less social networking because there are more people to potentially bring them down. Although sometimes all it takes is one comment when one is vulnerable. If someone only has one friend in the World, and they feel offended by them; it can be even worse as so much rides on that one opinion.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” This old spell is a common mind-over-mind mantra, and there are others. “I’m rubber, you’re glue; words bounce off of me and stick to you.” These can be used as a Ward against Words. Its only when we allow our perceived sentiments of other people’s opinions to bother us, that our feelings become symbolic sticks and stones. Symbolic sticks and stones may not directly break our bones, but can break our Will and Spirit to Live.


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