Set forth below are the text of some words that I recently posted to the Goon Central board re me efforts to send out 1,000 e-mails letting people know about the Wade Pfau Story:
this very unhealthy turn, of calculated and purposeful escalation of annoyance-on-purpose
Providing notice of a coming hurricane drags people down, Drip Guy.
Are the people who tell people in an area about to be hit meanies because they do so?
Most people don’t want to hear this message. I get that loud and clear.
I don’t think I am a meanie for doing what I can to get the word out.
It does hurt me when I get no reaction (from most) or a hostile reaction (from the Goons). And the hurting slows down my efforts to get the word out as extensively as I should be getting it out. That tells me that, even though I SAY that I don’t view myself as a meanie, there must be some part of me that is buying into the crazy idea that I am. I am one of the humans. I am flawed.
I fight those feelings. That’s the point of this thread.
I have had to fight this battle over and over again over the past 10 years and all signs are that I will be fighting it over and over again in days to come. I’ll win some. I’ll lose some. But if we all go down (I don’t think we will, but I no longer put the odds at zero or at anything close to it), I’ll be able to say that I went down swinging. I HATE it when a guy who can hit gets called out looking.
Today is a small move forward. Tomorrow I might be back where I was yesterday. The next day I might short forward more than I did today. The courage comes and goes. I’m just a reporter reporting to you the story.
My actions are certainly purposeful and calculated and they certainly do annoy. Morningstar was right when they called my words “inflammatory.” I don’t go along with the “unhelpful” part, though. I do this in an effort to be helpful. If you find someone else to take on the job, I’ll step aside. No matter how scared I am, I know someone has to do this job. If no one else steps forward, I will continue to wake up each day with a prayer that I find the courage needed to do it to the best of my ability.
My best wishes to you and yours, in any event.