The river of hate.

Why does your voice lose strength when you speak? Is it a medical problem?

Your books are not good. You are a wannabe.

You are not a real writer. You post a lot. You must be very self-destructive.

I try to stay strong, even though I face a lot of toxic criticism, and it gets to my head sometimes. I have received messages and comments such as these, and so many other versions of hate, of negative feedback, of strangers on the internet telling me that I am not a good writer, that my voice is unclear, that my posts are not useful, and so forth.

It beats me how cruel a person can be to post hate on a work that has so much passion. There is a shield of anonymity.

Is it me, or them? The internet gives every user an equal footing to voice their opinion. With the shield of anonymity protecting them, such people feel they have the right to say anything they want to, without worrying about the consequences of their words.

I have come to realize that the only way to deal with mindless hate is to ignore it and move on. I used to think there was something wrong with me. I used to spend hours trying to figure out why the video I made was terrible and how I could make it better after receiving a comment telling me it was trash.

A quote attributed to the Buddha sums it up perfectly.