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Whose Team Are You On?

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Social Resistance

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
African Proverb 1

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” ~ Hillel the Elder

There you are. Immersing. Shadowing. Japanese books everywhere. Japanese sounds in your ear. And you’re starting to get a bit of negative attention. A bit of IRL trolling.

They’re against you. They’re making fun of you. They’re looking at you weird. They’re telling jokes, maybe laughing to themselves. Laughing at you. Laughing about you. Great. I get it. Whatever. But answer me just one question:

  • Whose side are YOU on?
  • What team are YOU playing for?
  • Do you like you?

They count as one question 😀 . Trolls aren’t the problem. The answer to that question is the problem 2.

No matter how long life is or isn’t, it’s too short to go around trying to make people like you. Most people will never even know that you existed. Those that do know won’t remember. Those that remember will seldom think of you.


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  1. For the record, I’m Just sayin’: I was born in Africa. Grew up there. This one NEVER came up. Just sayin’ 😛
  2. Trolls get bored and leave. Like rain, they stop. There’s no flooding and no damage…unless you have a drainage problem. Don’t take this rain metaphor too far, I haven’t thought it through all the way 😀 .

  11 comments for “Whose Team Are You On?

  1. April 16, 2013 at 04:25

    Yeah, it happens. Last week some dude went in my bathroom and saw some Japanese manga translated into French next to the toilet. He said it was “double weird.” I smiled and then roundhouse kicked him so hard in the stomach that his appendix exploded and his wife started throwing up all over my living room. I put on my Ray Bans and was all “now THAT’s double weird.”

    • 李便神
      April 17, 2013 at 09:28


  2. Carl
    April 16, 2013 at 11:12

    Another article about just doing the language thing and not caring what other people say. Good

  3. ライトニング
    April 16, 2013 at 14:40

    In 5 years when I’m living my new life in Japan, will the trolls be there? Nope, they’ll most likely still be living their boring lives.

  4. April 16, 2013 at 23:02

    ^ I read that as “living with my new wife in Japan” and it made me LOL IRL.

    Seriously, though, good advice. I’m still working on Spanish here.

  5. Aspiring
    April 18, 2013 at 11:37

    Great post.

    I definitely agree that biased opinions can make anyone look like annoying “troll”–
    it’s just a state of mind.

    • Aspiring
      April 18, 2013 at 11:38

      like an**

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