Insults bother us because we're upset that someone failed to show us the honor and approval we demand.
But look objectively at our planet in relationship to the entire universe, and you will realize how ludicrous it is to be upset over such matters. Seen from outer space, our planet is merely a speck of dust, and we individual inhabitants are microscopic. This perspective helps decrease the distress of insults.
(Gesher Ha'Chaim, vol.3, p.39; Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.295)
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