There are many tools in a writer’s arsenal. Rhetoric is the preferred method because it relies on the idea that one has an idea to sell, and thus to persuade by rational means. This is one end of the spectrum of that which is available to someone who chooses to communicate through written language. It appeals to reason; reason must be found in the individual being appealed to for it to be effective.
Another method, one might consider in the middle of the spectrum, is an appeal to emotion. This appeal to emotion may be an attempt to exploit the fears of someone, but also may be an attempt to reach someone who is not in a reasonable state of mind by appealing to their better angels, as is often said, but is more akin to diverting a raging torrent toward a safer passage, one that does not leave destruction in its wake and helps carry that person away from undesirable action. This method is not the preferred technique, nor is it a negative one necessarily. It is in fact, something that you cannot avoid when reason is not on the table. One could use this method to appeal to reason and put it back on the table, but it is just as likely that the individual could be manipulated away from reason and to appeal to the lower impulses, the destructive impulses, the fears, the desperation, in order to further one’s cause. For this reason it is neutral as it has potentiality to carry one toward reason, or away.
The other end of the spectrum is intimidation. Instead of an appeal to reason, it is the use of verbal force to elicit a response in someone that you desire, by whatever means one finds available. For instance, if one finds oneself in a situation that could become physically violent, verbal intimidation may stop that violence. For this reason alone, it is on the end of the spectrum that is acceptable behavior since it does have a use that can be put towards respecting the dignity and safety of other human beings, but it has to be a last resort since fear does not last long, and it can easily escalate a situation just as it can tone it down. There lies at the extreme end, something that is absolutely unacceptable, and that is pure intimidation to impose your will on someone else. This is, and never should be, acceptable.
When you do not have something to offer, you tend toward the other side of the spectrum, and that is manipulation, and by various methods. There is nothing nefarious about this alone, since talking someone who is angry out of committing a murder by intimidating them with the consequences is in itself, an attempt to use reason when reason cannot be used, in order to convince someone that reason must not be forgotten.
However, just as it can be constructive, it can be destructive if one chooses to simply use intimidation, a verbal destruction of another human being to reduce them to feeling like they are nothing, have nothing, and are therefore helpless. The line between this form of verbal violence and the escalation into physical violence is a very fine line, one that is often crossed too easily and for this reason it is a deplorable technique and speaks volumes about the person who would use it. There is no sense of amicability, empathy, understanding, but solely the desire to manipulate another human being to be subject to your agenda.
Much speech is, ultimately, the act of persuasion. And for this reason, one must always keep a critical, rational, skeptical and balanced mind that is ready to look at both sides of any issue, and try to understand before acting. However not everyone does this.
Intimidation, to those who are so weak, so insecure, lacking in any kind of moral fortitude or conviction of values, is the only tool they know. For this reason they are cowards. For this reason, they are weak. For this reason, they must be dealt with in the most severe manner possible because anyone who experiences intimidation, has been subject to verbal violence. This will, not can, but will far more often than not turn into physical confrontation because, to quote Isaac Asimov, “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”. Those who offer nothing, can only take from others.
It is clear to anybody with and astute mind at this point, that I am saying something without saying something. If anyone perceives this, they would be absolutely correct. I cannot go into details about specific events in my own life, without worrying about the effects it may have on other events I have sent in motion, for one simple reason.
I do not intimidate. I do not use intimidation in the most despicable sense, and I do not accept it. I don’t get intimidated. I will go after anybody who uses it on me because if they do so, they will do it to someone else, and I will not respond in the way they want, which will lead to an eventual escalation and possibly physical violence to me, but there is no universe in which I will allow that to happen to somebody else. None.
I would like to be perfectly clear to those of you who are checking me out to figure out who I am, what I am, and why something you may or may not have tried, again I cannot get into specifics, did not work. The people who use intimidation do not know that they are weak and raise themselves up simply to fall much much further. One can fall the full height that hubris lifts them. Repeatedly. Publicly. For this reason it is best to stay on the ground, but some choose to lift themselves above others, and risk the fall. Which takes but one nudge.
I am writing this because satire is not well received quite often, but also because of a specific event I cannot get into. Not out of fear, but out of justice because I have taken a path recently that has left me knowing that I might face physical violence. To the empathy death sociopathic weak cowards who may or may not exist in events that may or may not have happened recently, I would like to send a message, and send a message to all those in the future who might choose to use that technique on me.
You can all go fuck yourselves. I will burn all of you to the ground no matter who you are. If you have one cent to your name and you do something that will hurt other people, and you aim it at me, you will never be hurting other people again. If you have a billion dollars to your name, it changes nothing. You have failed but you have not read what I will openly tell you. I will not start a war. But I will spare nothing in finishing it.
These are words I have always believed, but have never had to stand up to and show until recently – hypothetically. If there is someone out there, who thinks they are safe because they can hide, in the past, in the present, or in the future, know this; I’m out of my goddamn mind. I am that person that you come across who is polite, respectful, will do anything to help somebody who needs it if it is within my power, but I will mercilessly pursue through every legal avenue, using freedom of speech, using every resource I can imagine – and I am very imaginative – to make sure you do not have one moment of rest for the entire duration of your life if you ever make me do this because I have seen you use intimidation, and you need to be taught to stop.
You are not safe. I will douse us both in gasoline, smile, and light the match. And the last thing you will hear is my laughter. Anyone who has nothing to hide has nothing to fear from me. I am friends with everyone until proven otherwise. I believe tolerating disagreement to be one of the greatest virtues a human can cultivate within themselves.
But if you cross that line, and you choose to use tactics that hurt people against me, you have found someone who will never let it drop until justice has been carried out, and you will never be in the position to do it to someone else after having failed to use that technique on me. Someone who will do the things you don’t think people will do, because you’re Someone. It is worth remembering that Odysseus fooled the Cyclops by pretending to be “no one”. When the Cyclops cried out for help, he received none because they believed that if “no one” had done this, it was deserved and the vengeance of the gods for the blinded Cyclops unjust acts.
And, as a hypothetical, let’s say that someone has my home address and chooses to use it to intimidate me. I have attempted reason, I have attempted an emotional appeal to make someone feel shame for acting in a manner that is beneath decent behavior, but they choose to intimidate me. Hypothetically. They insist I’m no one.
To this person I say simply, you are too stupid to know what you just stepped into. You lost the moment you started playing. Because I’ve already played you and you don’t know it yet, so if you enjoyed digging your own grave, keep going. I do not hide behind pseudonym. I conduct my business in the open, and even more importantly, and I would like to stress this most of all – I know when to stop. It’s not personal to me, but it is personal when I know it will be done to someone else if I do nothing. Vendettas are emotional fetters, not bravery.
Let this be a warning to anybody who chooses that route with me. In the past, present, or future. There is no life worth living in fear. I’m going to say that one more time so it’s perfectly understood.
There is no life worth living in fear. Attempts to intimidate me because I could, hypothetically, embarrass some rich coward hiding behind an email address who is breaking the law, will end in justice as well as a very public spectacle. I do things in the open, as Diogenes the Cynic did. I do know this makes me annoying, but I sleep well at night.
The world as I write this into 2021 is a world in which pathetic people hide behind names saying the most hateful vile things on public platforms confident that they will never be called out on it. In response there is a plethora of dedicated groups of individuals who collectively decide that they want to mete out justice on their terms per their ideologies. I intend on destroying all Echo Chambers. I’m not on anybody’s side so don’t court me because I will turn on you at some point if I see you do something that I think is wrong. If you intimidate me, attempt to do so at your own peril because I’ll burn us both if it means protecting someone else.
Brutal honesty is the only answer I have to the toxic lies that I constantly see passed around by people who simply are miserable and don’t know it, unfulfilled empty lives and they feel the need to spread it to others. Would you like to know who I am? Not them, is the answer. I don’t hide. I’m no one. So are most people.
And I will add one last thing to the person or people who know who they are, that will probably be reading this in the near future wondering how the hell they ended up where they were. You didn’t fucking listen. You fell on your own sword and it’s your own damn fault since I gave you an out, I appealed to reason, but you hide in the shadows like a cockroach. You attack from the shadows.
But once you’re out in the light, and I am a bright fucking light, you can’t hide anymore. You were warned so back the fuck off and stay that way for me or anybody else you would ever think about pulling that on again because you got the kid gloves this time. Lessons are taught once, and the only once. Twice is for those who didn’t learn the first time, but fortunately no one’s made it to twice. Yet.
That’s why you’re checking on my Twitter account that is barely followed by anyone and I’m posting this to since, if I’m such a nobody, why are you reading this? Why are you worried enough to check me out? Looking for dirt? Have fun trying, particularly when I moved on and you can’t yet. Hypothetically.
Destroy all Echo Chambers.
There is no other solution to stop the distracting noises that do not allow us to see ourselves and others as human beings, flaws and all, with all of our pain, and all of our greatness. It starts with looking yourself in the mirror every night and asking, ‘was I a good person today’? Most people tell themselves when they wake up that they are good to excuse their behavior to their internal Echo Chambers which confirm that they are.
There is no collective ideology or political movement that can fix that. It’s frightening to be alone, to not belong, because everyone wants to be someone, without realizing you’re only free when you truly are “no one”. No one can take anything from you and you see those who cling to their fame and hide behind hollow threats as the empty sacks of flesh they truly are. Intimidation only works if you feel someone can take something from you, something essential to your being. Poverty of spirit frees you and poverty of association will allow you to speak unencumbered and freely.
Of course as I’ve said repeatedly, I am a liar… Reread this all as if I’m some dangerous sociopath using this as cover to do the most unsavory things for grudges I will never let go. Food for thought? Fortunately, I’m nobody so you don’t know do you?
Good decent nice people don’t need to worry about the answer to that question, which is why that’s the preferred behavior of most people most of the time in real life when they have to make eye contact.