Well, you're certainly correct in saying it's not within my rights to try and force you to change your mind: so I won't.
I just wrote here because I read your comments on the story you wrote for Larx (we've been chatting every now and then), and I read you felt sad because of the lack of attention from most people; then you posted a journal entry about asking people if they were interested in a certain server you wanted to start, and then you had to give up on that idea because only three people replied: it was already too late when I saw it today morning. So, really, I thought it would make you happy to receive some appreciation for what you write even if it comes from a person you don't like—and anyway, I linked it to Larx as well and told him to write a comment, which you'll probably like much more than mine.
I don't want to justify myself for my actions because I already recognized my mistakes and apologized for them, so I know I didn't act in the best possible way: however, it's kind of rude to put the word "friends" in quotes and imply they're not really my friends because they put up with me. Different people have different ways of dealing with their down moments: some close themselves into a shell and cry, others throw a tantrum, some threaten to harm themselves and others just go into apathy. I guess I belong to the second category, but my two best friends belong to two other categories, and dealing with this isn't easy for sure: but it happens rarely, and even then, we're always there for each other.
Now, I'm not saying this to shame you and imply you weren't really my friend because you couldn't put up with that side of my personality. In fact, you did the right thing in being harsh to me—just like I have to whenever that best friend of mine threatens to harm himself when he gets depressed, because it'd be terrible if he did and I have to try my best to change this part of his personality, even at the cost of being harsh. And if I met a person who absolutely couldn't stop harming themselves, then this would make me scared and uncomfortable and I'd go away without this meaning we hadn't really been friends all along until then.
Instead, this just means that... we don't necessarily have to be friends. All in all, you're one of the smartest people I know and I miss talking to you. But I understand this is one-sided only, because you're a top student who's surrounded by people whom you can talk about science, novels or giantesses to... but when it comes to me, I don't really have a person who can do all of that besides you.
Anyway, sorry for the long comment. Like I said, even if you don't want to see it as a comment from a friend, you can still see it as a comment from a dA watcher of yours who actually cares about what you post!
Aw, this is so inspirational! I agree with everything you said: talent can be overshadowed by hard work, if the one who works hard doesn't slack off and does indeed work hard. I'll be sharing this with all friends of mine with confidence issues! By the way, they're the same friends you thought I had offended—but, you didn't know that I'm still friends with all of them, because they knew I simply needed some venting and things were already okay just thirty minutes after you left. I just never got the opportunity to tell you this, but... well, here's how things are. So, if you want to reconsider things, I'm always happy to talk to you again!