Have you ever had a person who you’ve tried not to annihilate but he or she just will not stop attacking you? There comes a point when people reach their breaking point with those who refuse to stop attacking them. At some point, the person who is being attacked would like to think that his or her attackers would discontinue personal attacks. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that one’s attackers will not stop. Even the nicest person has a breaking point. The breaking point is a point when those who have been attacked repeatedly are finally fed up with being assaulted in some way(s).
For those who are being attacked by others, I recommend that you try not to do things that will land you in jail or prison. I do, however, understand if a person has caused you to think about doing something that could possibly put in you in jail or prison. You shouldn’t allow a person to continue to assault you in any way. Don’t even let someone repeatedly verbally assault you. Whenever you discover someone is talking about you behind your back you need to address that person. You shouldn’t think that what someone is saying about you isn’t going to have an impact on you, especially if the person is attempting to build a false narrative about you that could potentially damage your reputation. Your reputation is one of the most valuable assets you have—protect it!
Although people will try to tell you to “overlook what others say about you” and “be the better person,” I’ve found these well-intentioned comments to be potentially harmful. Act responsibly in defending yourself against attacks, but do what’s necessary to end these attacks and expose the credibility of the person attacking you. For your attackers who are simply running their mouths, writing about you, and/or using social media to send indirect messages about you, don’t forget you have the ability to use those same tactics. One powerful way to stop a coward who attacks you behind your back and/or through indirect social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and etc.) messages is to expose him or her! Publicly promulgate things about the person that will shut him or her up forever.
While what I’ve said may not be exactly how the bible would inform you to handle your attackers, I will recommend that you give them as many warnings as necessary before you truly expose them. The bible does teach us to warn before destruction.
Psalm 37:15: “Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.” Let this article serve as a warning to those who recklessly attack people that you’re going to inevitably face destruction if you don’t stop doing the things you’re doing. It’s not about the person being afraid of you or not being mentally, emotionally, and/or physically strong enough to deal with what you say about him or her; it’s more about the person simply being exhausted with what you’re saying, especially when he or she knows that you can be annihilated using one or more of the same tactics you’re employing.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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