**This is not a lesson on those creepy little doll things.**
Trolls win a battle every once in a while…in 3D, on the internet, and in my head. Lately, the trolls have been winning a lot. For those not up to date on Internet slang, or who don’t remember The Three Billy Goats Gruff story, trolls are evil wicked creatures that torment you. They pick on what they presume to be weak. They want to destroy you, hurt you, ruin you. They gain pleasure from watching you struggle. They say mean things that are simply untrue. Trolls are bullies.
In 3D, some trolls broke into my car. They stole some important things and caused a lot of turmoil over the course of several days. They broke my routine, my security, my bank account (thank goodness for renter’s insurance!), and a decent amount of my faith in humanity. The trolls won. I struggled mightily.
On the internet, someone put a really mean comment on one of my social media pages. It had to do with the fact that I am autistic and it has really bothered me. I couldn’t delete the comment no matter what I did, even after blocking the person, reporting the comment, and what I thought was deleting the original comment. The troll won. I believed them and I ended up taking the post down.
The 3D trolls and the trolls on the internet can take a toll on your head too. The trolls in your head come to life when they see you struggling with other trolls. They start talking and provoking negative emotional responses. They get you off your game and distract you from your goal. They want you to believe what they say…that you shouldn’t do (blank), can’t do (blank). They want you to fall for their tricks and believe them when they tell you to do horrible things to yourself. They think that their anonymity results in some power over you. They want you to be terrified of them and of the possibility that it could happen again. When you fall, when you struggle, when you believe them…that’s when the trolls think they win.
But there’s three more things about trolls that we need to remember:
- Trolls aren’t very smart.
- They’re greedy. They don’t know when to stop. They try to capitalize on every last morsel and that ends up being their own undoing.
- At the end of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, the troll gets pushed off the bridge.
The trolls may win a round here and there, but they’ll never win the battle.