Please Take Your Anger Elsewhere


A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
― Winston S. Churchill

*trigger warning – online abuse

Dear person who keeps sending me abusive emails and Facebook messages, and who keeps adding snarky replies or subtle links to conspiracy theorists and conspiracy videos on my posts.

I’m not going to try and argue with you.

Or reason with you.

Instead, I’m just going to block you. Delete you. Ignore you.

It’s sad for me to do this. Once we knew each other quite well socially. I knew you as an alternative medicine practitioner. You were good at your job, and you helped me in my pursuit of wellness despite illness. I had respect for your work, and your knowledge. We moved in many of the same circles. I also appreciated that you were often left-of-centre in your perspective.

But something changed.

During the pandemic you moved further and further away from the person I knew. You began to spout American conspiracy theories and rhetoric, although we are both Australian. It became very ‘us-versus-them’.

Somehow that has morphed into you believing that because, as an immunocompromised person, I still choose to wear a facemask in risk situations, that I must also be part of a paedophile ring, that my current illness is the result of consuming adrenochrome harvested from the blood of young children trafficked and kept in underground tunnels by Hollywood elites and Democrats (?????????), and that I am somehow part of a global conspiracy of darkness. That my current meditations for others are done on behalf of the Devil.

My goodness, how you have been attacking me. And then suddenly you’re pleasant, helpful, reasonable as you try to win me to your cause. Then abusive again when I don’t come onboard with you. Then threatening. Nasty. That’s the classic dance of abuse, my friend. A dance that can’t escalate if I refuse to take part.

One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is this: nothing I say or do will change the mind of a fanatic.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, and you are entitled to yours. It’s healthy to have debate and disagreement. But not like this.

Here’s the thing. Once upon a time I would have tried to placate you, or reason with you, or to engage in discussion. I would have done anything to not anger you, trigger you or upset you. I would have kept the peace – even if that was at my expense. But not now. Now I claim sovereignty in my life. I get to decide who comes through my door, who hangs out in my space, and how people treat me.

I don’t need your abuse. I don’t need your QAnon conspiracy theories. I don’t need your anger or your hate. I don’t need your threats.

And honestly, you were starting to scare me.

I feel sad to have blocked you. But my boundaries make me feel safer. Calmer. Less anxious.

Your behaviour isn’t okay. It’s harassment. It’s bullying.

I screenshot everything. At the behest of a colleague I reported your behaviour and posts to the social media platforms and the police. Because if you’re doing this to me you’re doing this to others too.

I wish you well. I’m worried about you. I hope you are okay. The person I knew behind all of this current behaviour was always someone who was kind, caring, curious about the world, and motivated to help people heal. I hope one day I get to meet that person again.

And me? I deserve to have a life untroubled by anger, abuse and vitriol. I choose to make my home and my online spaces safe and loving places for myself, my loved ones, my community. You’re not welcome here anymore.

With regret, and strong love for myself, Nicole



Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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13 thoughts on “Please Take Your Anger Elsewhere

  1. It is a strange phenomenen how people are changing and being influenced to believe ‘its us against the World’. The saddest thing is all that anger is not going to change what they think is wrong with the World, but saturating them (and their lives) in negativity. Being angry “at the world” and anyone who doesn’t agree with them, is doing so much more harm but they just can’t see this (and certainly won’t hear it). Bowing out is the kindess response. Well done Nicole.

  2. Thank you for writing this. It’s been a help. Have experienced similar (though not on this scale, just a few people sliding down this path). You’re right; they don’t want to explore or examine what they’ve already chosen to believe, and I’ve never minded them having whatever beliefs they want. It just gets a bit much when they insist I should believe what they believe, or I’m suffering silently, patiently through one of their incessant passionate tirades about whatever-it-is they believe in, their anger and contempt for others who share their beliefs, their inability to recognise that their conversations are one-sided performances, because no one can disagree or question, or have input, out of fear it will fuel the fire. Their company becomes exhausting, tedious, even frightening. Maybe there’s an element of psychosis, over which they’ve lost control of their behaviour, their thoughts; I don’t know. It’s sad. For them and for others.

    Hearing you describe the situation in such a rational, reasoned way, as it progresses through it’s stages, and your own thought processes over time in dealing with these things, makes it easier to recognise what’s been happening in my own situations, and confirms a lot of things for me about what’s okay, what isn’t, and how to deal with things.

    I’m sorry you had to experience such awful crazy accusations and abuse.

  3. This is so sad that people feel the need to be so angry, judgmental and awful to people. I am glad you have made these strong boundaries .

  4. No one should have to deal with such people but we do, blocking and ignoring them is the right thing to do, you cannot change such people’s attitudes they think what they think even if everyone else see things differently.

  5. Unfortunately, some people just want the argument. I’ve done some blocking recently after leaving a favourable comment to a fellow nurse. I got threats hate and anger back at me. I apologised as I meant no ill intent and received more of the same and saying karma would come for me. I again apologised, confused, asking if they had misread my comment to received further outrage. My final comment before blocking was let’s all try to be kind 💕

  6. I’m sorry you have had such abuse, Nicole – you certainly do not deserve it. Good for you, for protecting yourself. Keep taking good care of yourself.

  7. Thinking of you, most certainly undeserving of such vitriol. Your letter says so much on dealing with these people and their conspiracy theories. Warm hugs.

  8. Beautifully expressed Nicole – with compassion & kindness. I respect your decision fully – and admire how you have responded (both to yourself & to the other person). I feel sad for them – their days must be full of criticism – judgement- anger. Their responsibility completely – but what a life 🧐

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