Originally Posted by awediot
So self defense, or defending from an attack on a loved one or "sanctuary", is the line... Does that include verbal attacks, or laws and policy's that can crush self-worth and esteem without actually laying a hand on the person, but hurt just as bad?
Verbal attacks I can deal with. Either by walking away or by attacking back verbally. Political is an on going struggle. I work to change what I can or get behind a group that does the same.
I controll my own self-worth and self-esteem. To quote an old Saturday Night Live skit... "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like me." Let me add to that, if people don't like me... tough sh......t.
What it really comes down to in life is that you choose your friends & your associates. If someone is hurting you emotionally, don't associate with them or limit your contact with them.
There times you are stuck with people -- work or family. You can still be courteous to them but you need to limit their effect on your emotions.