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If you stand up for what is right, then little people will throw various slurs at you from time to time. Such things come not because of your own weaknesses, but theirs. I often fail to remember this.

When I meet people who are deeply loved, who are secure in their life, and who are happy in their purpose in life, they have nothing to spread but truth and love. They want to bring people up to their level. I find them joining sports teams, joining faith teams, joining service teams, joining social teams. I find them creating a better world.

When I find angry people who throw slurs and abuse, I see them writing nasty things on the internet. I think this is because they want to bring people down to their level. It is tough to ignore and forgive the gutter merchants, but I need to remember that they are doing this because of their own problems and battles in life. Those battles are often unseen to me – but just because I don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.

If they were happy and secure and productive and working towards positive purpose in life, they would be building you up. They would support you in telling the truth. I hope that in due course, even the gutter merchants of the internet find their own love and purpose and grace in life. I would do well to remember this more than I do.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.