Sydney's saying is that if we're very sensitive about what
other people think of what we say and do, then we've made
the choice to be sensitive--we've made the choice not to
build up our resistance to other people's ridicule and
laughter. If we fear ridicule, then we can't act as
we believe we should, and we may do things that we
it's up to us to inure ourselves against ridicule.
The stakes are pretty high if we don't, for then we'll be
letting other people's possible reactions determine
the actions that we take. We'll be turning ourselves
into marionettes and handing the strings to anyone whose
ridicule we fear.
of the people who later in life have been regarded as the
most intelligent, most creative, or most innovative have
dared to step outside the normal boundaries of their
chosen fields and risk the ridicule, teasing, or even
insults of other people. To them, their own vision
was more important than what others might say about what
they were doing. They trusted themselves and their
own reason, and they were able to reach their dreams and
goals and visions no matter how many obstacles they
faced. They simply didn't let other people get and
keep them down.
can develop an immunity to some poisons by continually
giving themselves small doses of that poison. They
inure themselves against the poison so that it no longer
can affect them. The ridicule of others is poison to
our spirits, and it's important that we develop an
immunity to it so that we may live our lives free of the
fear of losing our potential because of what someone else may
say to us or about us.