Here's how I see it: the only reason someone would go out of their way to put you down is because they are jealous. Otherwise, what's the point? Even if you think poorly of someone or something, who really goes out of their way to make that person feel badly about it and knock their self esteem down a couple pegs? Someone who's intentionally trying to hurt said person. Otherwise, wouldn't it be a waste of time and effort? And who in this day and age has spare time to waste?
And why would someone want to hurt someone else intentionally? Well, either they are just a mean, spiteful curmudgeon, or they have something to gain by doing so. I tend to think people fall more into the category of "having something to gain" than just getting pleasure from hurting others (unless they are psychotic, which is another matter altogether).
What might these people have to gain? An ego boost. Their self esteem has somehow been threatened by the person they are putting down. Therefore, their "fragile" ego can only be inflated in their own mind by trying to make other people feel bad. Childish, but human nature, nonetheless. Therefore, I believe that people are cruel to one another to form some sort of status as "better than" someone else.
But guess what? It's dumb. Jealousy is a lose-lose game, in my mind. No one wins. Do you feel better in the long term by putting someone else down? My guess? Nope, not really. Does the person receiving the brunt of it? Most definitely not. So quit while you're ahead cause it's getting you nowhere real fast.
The Bottom line: No one is better than anyone else. People may be better at doing various things but as an overall human being, we are equal. Got it? All of us (and dogs too). So quit wasting everyone's time you jealous Julies. You'll be happier in the end if you just drop it like it's hot. And we all will be too.
So that's all I have to say about that.