Being able to function in the face of people making negative comments about you on the Internet is one of the basic survival skills of the 21st century.
> People need to start learning to cope with the real world and not expecting 'the system' to protect us from ourselves.
This perspective directly contradicts many HN'ers political leanings.
While this is true, it does not justify overly negative comments. I'm reminded of hecklers who yell at stand-up comedians that they should be able to deal with heckling if they're on stage; they might be correct, but they're still being a jackass.