I’ve tried this before, but I’ll do it again.
PREFACE: This statement is not on behalf of the ][ Collective, the CAI, my wife, teammates, or anyone else I know. This is all me, and I’m writing it because it’s the right thing to do.
There have been a lot of “beefs” lately in this community-that’s-not-really-a-community. For people that are just trying to *help other human beings* to be at each others’ throats, over what basically amounts to a lot of he-said-she-said is ludicrous. I admit to being part of this to some extent, both as part of the ][ and on my own. I’ve seen friends and teammates come and go, both within and outside of the Initiative, usually over petty squabbles. And I’m tired of it. I’m tired of the energy I’ve put into it and the energy it sucks away, even when things seem momentarily calm. This already keeps me busy enough without having to hear about or deal with infighting.
I am offering up a truce. You know who you are. If you’re reading this and have previously felt that I or my teammates have caused you grief, whether directly or indirectly, in person or online, I apologize. I admit that, for all my talk of de-escalation in potential conflict, I don’t always do the right thing. I am a real-life Human above all else, and I have made heated, sometimes emotional or downright abrasive statements that could often be avoided through a simple chat or phone call. And that doesn’t set a very good example for any of us. There is a very real tendency to demonize those we don’t agree with around here. A relatively new but wise man who calls himself Impact, and has frankly done a fantastic job as a keeper of the peace, recently posted this: You can disagree without hating You can criticize without attacking You can debate without insulting I’m not asking for new buddies or supporters here. I don’t expect anyone to let go of a long-running grudge overnight, or even at all. I’m only asking that we can make an unspoken agreement to support each others’ RLSH activities and not bash other people or groups, so long as no one is actively breaking the law or hurting anyone.
If you are someone who feels you’ve been treated unfairly by me, let’s not deal with it here; just shoot me a pm. We can work this out. Is that really too much to ask? If it is, then please ignore this message. You can’t say I’ve never tried, but this is the last attempt I’ll make.