In fact, I’ve come to realize that most sane people can see through a smear campaign… the people who refuse to see it for what it is would find a reason to hate me regardless. Let’s face it — if they found any part of the campaign convincing, they clearly didn’t need much convincing in the first place. Keep all of that in mind if you ever find yourself at the wrong end of something like this.
Of course, that won’t undo the damage to your personal life… But it (hopefully) won’t be the end of the world for you. Eventually things will move forward, and you’ll still have your friends to help you pick up the pieces. Hell, sometimes you even make new ones you wouldn’t have expected.