I could not have said it better myself – don’t take de bait. [NE1]
There are people “out there” who act with malice aforethought . . . spewing rubbish with the specific intent to act as irritants.
They want to rub us the wrong way.
They want to “goad us” and “get our goat.”
They want us to take “de bait.”
If we venture forth into the internet arena, we are apt to bump into a few of these caustic folks as they toss out ridiculous comments with the intent to incite and inflame our passions and prejudices.
When we meet up with them, we have a choice. We can concede to their designs, desires, and demands by getting all hot and bothered under the collar by the abrasive nature of their comments.
Or . . . we can listen to Skipper:
“SMILE and WAVE, boys. Just SMILE and WAVE.”
When someone wants to irritate and provoke us ~…
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