Silence is the best way to deal with fools.

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Mark Twain said it best when he wrote, “Silence is the best reply to fools.” This quote was written in an era where people had more face-to-face contact with each other, and reading someone’s body language was easier than it is today thanks to phones and social media. Today, we have to rely on our ability to understand tone when communicating via email, phone, or text messages because we can’t watch our colleagues’ or co-workers’ body language during a back-and-forth discussion.

Reasons Why People are Foolish

People are foolish for a myriad of reasons, but I think it’s important to note that some people just aren’t going to be convinced no matter what you say or do. That’s not something that you should lose sleep over, however, because if they’re looking for a fight they’ll find it in plenty of other places if they don’t get it from you. The key to life is learning how to recognize the senseless arguments and taking a moment before you reply with silence. There’s no need to let someone else bully you into wasting your time when they’re really just looking for an argument that only exists in their head. In this day and age, social media has given everyone a platform to argue about anything and everything. Silence can be seen as a weakness by some people, so you have to learn how to use it correctly in order to win these battles where there is no real victory.

Don’t get into an argument!

The average person spends a little over three hours on social media every day and that’s not including non-social media sites like email, blogs, or forums. That means we’re constantly looking for something to read that can incite our emotions. Sometimes, though, it’s good to take a break from the internet and just enjoy silence for a while. Silence can be healing for the mind and soul when we are constantly surrounded by noise! Take some time out of your day to meditate in peace. If you need some company, get a pet or borrow one from a friend!

Avoid them, if you can

If you can’t avoid someone, silence will give them less ammunition to use against you. When in doubt, humour may be your best bet. You don’t have to attack their argument or put them down; just laugh it off and move on, so that they don’t get the satisfaction of having dragged you into a battle of wits where they always win because they didn’t actually say anything witty! Aristotle famously said The one who speaks the truth seems ridiculous. He was not wrong: Silence is often seen as anger and honesty as offensive or hurtful. And when confronted by an insult that needs no reply, we take refuge in laughter.

Just Ignore Them

When you are dealing with a fool, do not try to engage them in conversation, do not look at them, and most importantly: do not acknowledge their presence. Ignoring the behaviour will cause it to go away. If someone else notices the behaviour and confronts it, then that person has made it their problem – they created it by acknowledging what was happening. See, this is what I’m talking about! The only thing left for you to do is smile and say I know as if everything is going just fine.

Live your own life

Growing up, I never had any friends who were similar to me. I always felt like an outsider, talking to a friend or their parents one day and then having absolutely no idea what they wanted from me or needed from me on another day because they ignored me. It’s not like these people were unkind when we interacted, but as soon as I walked away from them, it was as if I didn’t exist for them anymore. Sometimes, I would overhear conversations that they would have about me and it made me feel awful.

It got to the point where I couldn’t trust anyone- my friends turned into acquaintances and my acquaintances turned into strangers. In college, someone told me that you can’t be friends with everyone so I decided that friendship wasn’t worth all of this trouble.

Look at it from their perspective

Many people don’t know what to say when they’re confronted by someone in an argument, especially if they know they’re going to lose. They prefer not responding or responding with silence, as a last resort that can save face and maintain some dignity. The person on the other side will only interpret this as being more of a challenge than it really is, egging them on further until their persistence eventually gets the better of them and breaks through their resistance. It’s best to just let them go. If you have something worth saying, take your time and make sure you have a good opening line so that you can be persuasive without coming off as confrontational.

Let go of envy

Envy can cause jealousy, which can lead to resentment, disappointment, and unmet expectations. Resentment is corrosive to self-esteem and will erode any sense of contentment you feel in your day-to-day life. When envy comes knocking at your door it’s important not to let it take up residence inside of you, poisoning what could otherwise be a happy life that you love and adore living. Allow yourself to experience success for as long as it lasts but then quickly return back to who you are. Once envy has crept its way into your psyche, every new achievement will be tainted by this one feeling. There’s no need for that!

The wisdom to know the difference

We’re all guilty of allowing ourselves to be provoked by fools occasionally, but it’s important to realize that we have a choice in how we respond and what we say. In fact, there are a few benefits for remaining silent instead of replying back when someone thinks they have an opportunity for revenge or just wants attention 1) It shows them that you don’t care about what they think

2) It doesn’t give them any satisfaction from getting you to reply

3) It may make them think twice before provoking you again

4) Sometimes silence is louder than words. As Winston Churchill once said, Sometimes the best thing you can do with an angry man is let him alone.

Don’t waste your energy on them!

No need to get into an argument or waste your energy trying to convince a fool they are wrong because they will never be convinced. If you give them an inch, they will take a mile and tell you how everything is their fault when it clearly isn’t their fault. The next time someone says something stupid, just silence them and walk away so you can focus on more important things in life than dealing with that kind of nonsense! Before we make fun of another person’s misfortune, we should think about what type of pain could drive a person to do what they did. We all make mistakes but there is no excuse for purposefully being cruel and hurting people who are already hurting. We all want friends but only nice people attract true friends while people who hurt others usually end up lonely and unloved by anyone.

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