Friday, December 25, 2009

The curses of the foolish are of no consequence to you

Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th President, said:
“I never read malicious, hostile letters that are sent to me. I never open the envelopes and never bother responding to them. If I were to become busy in dealing with such matters, I would have no time left to do things for my people.”

The commander of the American Navy during World War II was a brilliant leader and tactician, and he earned a considerable amount of fame as a result. However, he had to deal with those under his command, inferiors who harbored jealousy towards him and subordinates who constantly attacked him behind his back with curses and criticism. And as is usually the case in such instances, he was well aware of what they said about him. He commented on this, saying, “I now have an immunity from criticism. I have become old and am now cognizant of the fact that words cannot destroy greatness, nor can they bring down a sturdy fence.”

A poet said:
“What do the poets want from me (through attacking me verbally)
And I have past in age the limit of forty.”

You should give a general pardon to your enemies. This way, you will be free from feelings of revenge, and free from hatred and rancor.

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