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My dearest readers, friends and members of the literature community.
The reason that I am posting this piece is to deal with the issue of unsavoury behaviour. At times our anger gets the best of us. We are only human and it is natural to feel upset when someone calls your work (that you may have spent some time on) a lousy piece of crap.
That said we are STILL required to act with politeness and decorum. This might be viewed as cowardice, as being passive or ignorant, but it is ideal. The reason for this is twofold.
1) On the basis of a MORAL ground:
It is never right to cuss back at someone who cusses at you. It only lowers you to their level and it shows poor control on your part. We are born as humans, but it doesn’t mean we can’t hold ourselves to higher standards.
Furthermore, you must remember the concept of, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. Or for those of us in the western world, ‘what goes around comes around’. If you react in a negative manner, people will react negatively to you. You will get as good as you’ve given and sometimes the backlash might be even worse than you expected. Hence, where it can be avoided, one must avoid conflict. This does not mean that you are fangless and weak, no, it is the opposite. Sharpen your fangs and wait, do not bite with them needlessly. Using them without purpose only dulls them and when they are needed they will serve you poorly.
We are artists and we, more than most professions, live in a world of subjective opinion. Some will agree, some don’t; if you cannot learn to accept a differing opinion (at the very least with a polite nod telling them symbolically to bugger off) then you will have a very poor career indeed. We will always have haters, but even rappers go so far as to say, ‘You hear them haters talk, but there’s nothin’ you can tell ‘em.’ Hence, one should not react badly in any situation.
Yes, it is difficult to control yourself. For those of us with anger issues it can be even worse, but just take a moment to kill some zombies, take a minute to just pick up the microphone and do the best scream you’ve ever done and when you come back you feel much better.
Hatred begets hatred, vengeance brings vengeance.
2) On the basis of SELF-INTEREST:
Morally biting at others is wrong, but I offer the advice of remaining passive in a professional sense as well.
For example, though you might not be famous or have glory now. Who’s to say what may happen in future. You might not believe it but someday you may be noticed. In fact you might not even be noticed for writing, but for whatever you do in future…someone may not like you for it. That person will dig into history and if you do not nip bad behaviour in the bud, then clearly you will suffer for it.
If you have behaved as a jerk the entire time, then can you really deny it as something that has passed? No, it will be a habit by then and you will suffer for it.
If however you chose to learn from your ways and to control that anger that boils over the top, then you will be well positioned to defend yourself. Your one slip can be forgiven and you will be much better off in future.
After all, some hot shot journalist looking for dirt might just give you heavy criticism. He or she is going to be waiting for that moment when you slip up. I wonder then whether or not you will have learned to reign in your anger, or would you simply dish out the same punishment to the journalist as you would have done to all others.
I therefore urge everyone, who might consider themselves an artist to consider what it means when you tell someone their drawings suck or retaliate by cussing them out.
Punishment can come swiftly and the more you do it, the worse it becomes.
Now then, to tell you what prompted this:
I noticed an individual behaving in an unsavoury and horrid manner to several haters. Yes the haters were at fault, but I felt that an artist should hold themselves to a higher standard. For the reasons stated above, I believed that what that artist did was very wrong.
Hence, I organised what I called an execution…though it was really just this piece (I like to use humour you know .3.), in order to teach that individual that we can overcome our rage demons and that we will be better for it.
Due to some unfortunate influences by the denizens of the interwebs there was much trauma and scarring and plenty of unintended consequences. For these, I am sorry, it was not meant to occur. However, my friends and I were only busy preparing what was to be a fun piece to be shared and understood as a thing of knowledge.
I was asked if I would do things differently with regards to this matter. My answer is no, my course of action would not shift, I am stoic in that, however I might have called it a show or a festival instead of an execution.
Let this be a reminder that the words we hold as writers and artists carry plenty of weight amongst those who look up to us and even those that despise us…well they will take the time to utilize our words as justification for ill works. All the more reason that we must hold our tongue and our pen, both of which act as our blades.
Those who freely swing their blades at others should always be prepared to have blades swung back at them, and of course…sometimes a single attack can be fatal.