What would RTH do?

That is the question.

If I were in a highschool yearbook, they would vote me most likely to die of a lynch mob. That does not prevent me from opening my mouth and serving a warm hearty cup of STFU to people who deserve it. My dark scathing humor will leave no matter of existence untouched. My innocence will touch your soul.

Welcome to a warped world turned inside out and upside down. All sorts of discretion advised.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Personhood

I am not a collection of words. I am not mere pixels on screen. I am not a string of binary signals. I am not a fictional character who does not exist. I am a real person. A human being in flesh and blood. I am alive and I think and feel. I am as real as any other human being. I'm as real as your family, your friends, your coworkers. I maybe as insignificant as a random person in line at the grocery store, but I am significantly human to deserve acknowledgment and courtesy.

You may think that a screen name and a virtual reality alters existence. You may assume that anonymity comes with infinite freedom. You may cease being human and take liberties in your fantasies. You may justify your deviances from common human courtesy and civility with the excuse of virtual reality. But playing Harry Potter does not cause Daniel Radcliffe to cease to exist. Everyone is still a person. You either respect that personhood within yourself and others, or you become a sociopath, a psychopath, a deranged deviant.

No man is an island. Whether you like it or not, whether you will it or not, as members of society we are all bound to each other by a web of expectations and obligations. There is no mode of existence, no excuse, way out to cease being a human and escape our role in society. A person is always a person, an you shall treat them as a person. You cannot wiggle or weasel your way to escape your expectations and obligations. You either meet them or you fail them, but you cannot deny them.

You may treat me like a collection of words. You may view me as pixels on the screen. You may assume me to be a string of binary signals. You may want me to be a fictional character who does not exist. You may view the virtual world as an alternate existence. You may make yourself an island and escape. You may marginalize me and trivialize me and strip me into an entity devoid of expectations and obligations.

But I shall always be as real as you. I refuse to trivialize or marginalize our thoughts and feelings. I will always sanctify our existence, our humanity and our personhood. As humans through our interactions we will always have expectations and obligations of each other. I will always treat them as real and sacred. I will always strive to fulfill them. I will always do my best to live and feel as a real human who loves, who hates, who laughs, who cries and experience every pain and pleasure of humanity. I will never make myself into an entity.

 You may runaway as long as you wish, but you will never run away from who you are - a human being. You will never get rid of your expectations and obligations. You will only be a failure, who failed to meet them. You will be a failure, who failed to be a person. But who you are, is your choice. Maybe you are indeed but an entity. A collection of words, pixels on screen, a string of binary signals, a fictional character who does not exist.

You have a choice.

Choose wisely.

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