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Stitcher
Caldari
Posted - 2011.07.04 23:23:00 - [1]
 

For some time now, I've been receiving mail and queries from people asking me why I no longer live and work in my homeland, for the corporations of the Caldari State. They ask why I appear to have thrown in my lot with a corporation aligned with the Minmatar Republic, a supposed enemy of my people.

I hope that with this message, I can answer these questions to enough people's satisfaction that I will receive fewer such demands for explanation. Certainly, I plan to be able to point to this bit of philosophy in future, rather than having to write my reasons out again for the thousandth time.

First and foremost, I wholly reject any suggestion that Re-Awakened Technologies Inc. are enemies of the Caldari. Were it not for the fact that our nations are technically at war with one another, by proxy, I would argue that the Republic and the State are not enemies either. I can say with no inconvenient facts to contradict me, however, that RTIS is most definitely not opposed to the Caldari State - indeed, I am surrounded by fellow Caldari here. Many of our members would say that their allegiances are elsewhere, but I have never been one to claim that those who are not with us are against us.

Life and people are too subtle and interwoven for that jingoistic assertion to ever be true in the mind of a thinking man.

For my part, I refrain from taking combat contracts from the Republic which might put me in conflict with my countrymen, I refuse any work which presents me with a conflict of interest, and generally attempt to insert myself into Molden Heath and Heimatar without having to abandon my roots. Instead, I pursue opportunities to use my wealth and economic clout for the mutual benefit of both the Minmatar and Caldari markets, and by extension the people within those markets.

That's my rejection of any conflict of interest. But it is not an explanation as to why I am here, doing what I do. I have two reasons.

The first is personal, emotional and simple a friend asked me to.

Really, I should need no other reason than that, but having a second one a more cerebral, logical and complex one to fall back on has been helpful when dealing with those elements of Capsuleer society who don't apparently place any stock in such soppy, human things as friendships.

That reason has to do with perspective, and I will elaborate on it in the second post.

Stitcher
Caldari
Posted - 2011.07.04 23:26:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Stitcher on 05/07/2011 09:52:23

Picture, please, the life of one of the teeming millions of New Eden's citizens who lives on a planet somewhere. The vast majority of these souls will never leave their home system. Most will never leave their home planet. Many will never stray more than a few hundred kilometres from their birthplace in their whole life. Some, not even that far.

Imagine you are one of the latter category, some parochial soul who will, in his or her life, never undertake to journey any further than the nearest major town. They look up at night and see the same stars, forever. They look to the west and see the same mountains, forever. They look down the valley and see the same forest, forever.

In eighty years of living, whether or not that life is a fulfilling and satisfying one, they will never see any of those stars as more than a light in the sky. They will never see the glacier that runs down the other side of that mountain, or find the hidden glades and ways of that forest. They may reject as being impossible the idea that they could ever do those things in their humble lifetimes.

So it is with the principles of a culture. I am fourty-six years old. In all those years, I have only ever been Caldari. I was born and raised Ishukone, served in the Watch, became a capsuleer and confined myself to State interests, State contacts, State work, State corporations. Even when I was, briefly, a Gurista, I was still Caldari. The advantage to that approach has been that I now feel that I know as much about the philosophies and culture of my people as any layman can. I've walked all the little lanes of my philosophical valley, chatted with all my fellow villagers, seen the mountain glow like fire in the light of sunset, watched storms tear leaves and limbs from the forest's trees.

There is always more to learn, of course. I could study the State, the Guristas, the expatriates and even the jalaan and hnolku until I have learned everything I possibly could, but it would still only be a Caldari perspective on what it means to be Caldari.

What of the Minmatar perspective, or the Gallentean or Amarrian ones? If I stand on top of the mountain and look down into the valley of my life, will I learn more in that one sweeping view than I did in a lifetime spent in its midst? If I walk so far that I see the other side of places that I couldn't see from the borders of my little life, is that experience valuable, or irrelevant?

I don't think it's possible to know the answer to that question without going and seeing for one's-self.

Is it possible to know a thing without seeing it from many angles and distances? Taking more than one point of view is something nearly every one of us does every waking second of the day our depth perception, our telescopic vision, relies on judging the parallax induced by having two eyes and looking at what we see from two angles at once.

A Patriot would argue, I'm sure, that an outside perspective has no bearing except to harm proper introspection. A Practical would argue that it is best to stand on the inside looking out for opportunities and threats. I am neither of these things: I am a Liberal, almost a Radical in my willingness to accept that any point of view can be valid, and of value. We must not ever be defined by hatred, nor by fear of that which falls outside our own borders, be they literal or conceptual.

I will never willingly make an enemy of my people even I am not willing to learn whatever lessons doing so may have to teach, the cost is too high. I must blinker myself to some of the lessons if I wish to make good use of the ones that remain to be learned. There are some ideals that I have surveyed from afar and rejected the idea of ever exploring for myself.

Especially not if I mean to make use of whatever it is that I learn to enrich life for the Caldari State and its citizens.

Thank you for your time.

Andreus Ixiris
Gallente
Mixed Metaphor
Posted - 2011.07.05 07:55:00 - [3]
 

Well-reasoned and well-argued, Verin. Alas, I feel that some capsuleers may simply flatly ignore everything you've just written in favour of blandly pointing at the current state of diplomatic affairs.

But whatever. You and RTIS are both old friends of mine, so seeing you work together brings no objection from me. Say hi to Evanda for me!

Myyona
Minmatar
Ataraxia Pharmacies
Posted - 2011.07.05 09:32:00 - [4]
 

Ignore the people who think along hard lines between black and white. The reality of New Eden is a wealth of colors where people of different ethnicity can be found everywhere in cluster. Why should capsuleer groups be any different?

Besides, Re-Awakened Technologies has never struck me as the aggressive type. Their support of the Republic has always been within the confines of the law and has been centered near the Republic core worlds. In fact I would dare to state, that if more people followed the path of Re-Awakened Technologies it would be a brighter future for the Minmatar.

Jowen Datloran
Caldari
Science and Trade Institute
Posted - 2011.07.05 09:44:00 - [5]
 

I have stayed in Minmatar space for a longer period time while achieving my junior miner certificate and it was a swell time. Spending time abroad is something I can highly recommend.

I also learned to appreciate the interior customability of Minmatar ships too; everything can be un-plugged/screwed/sticked and put up at another location at ones preference.

Nausea
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.07.05 11:17:00 - [6]
 

Edited by: Nausea on 06/07/2011 11:21:30
No matter what you do, there will always be a group of people who will point fingers and tut disapprovingly. Those who deal in absolutes, black and white, apples and oranges...

Small minded people who cling to what they 'know', afraid that if even a small part of it is not what they think, that everything will crumble around them and leave them lost and afraid.

It is quite the noble thing to want to see things from a different perspective, to seek new experiences, to want to understand more. It's not as if you are suddenly actively opposing your homeland, complete with militant activity and much violence.

I wish you luck on the path that you've decided to take.

Nakito Yakiya
Caldari
Yamagata Syndicate
Posted - 2011.07.06 11:12:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Nakito Yakiya on 06/07/2011 11:13:36

Originally by: Stitcher

For my part, I refrain from taking combat contracts from the Republic which might put me in conflict with my countrymen, I refuse any work which presents me with a conflict of interest



So you admit to working for an organisation which is putting out contracts to destroy corporations and pilots loyal to the State and in the same breath try and claim your and your current corporation is not against the State or it's citizens.

Rolling Eyes

You may get your friends to back you up here in public (Guristas and Federation I might add) but it's clear to see you are an enemy of the State as is your corporation.

Nausea
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.07.06 11:30:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Nakito Yakiya


So you admit to working for an organisation which is putting out contracts to destroy corporations and pilots loyal to the State and in the same breath try and claim your and your current corporation is not against the State or it's citizens.



You may get your friends to back you up here in public (Guristas and Federation I might add) but it's clear to see you are an enemy of the State as is your corporation.


I wouldn't say that I was his friend. I've known of, and read the things that Stitcher has said for a fair few years, and see no reason why I should be hostile to him, but friends is going a lot further.

We haven't even spoken in person for a start...

No, i'm just someone that admires when people decide to broaden their range of experiences, and see what else the universe has to offer. And someone that has long since come to terms with the fact that things are far more of a spectrum than mere black-and-white.

Half Cocked Jack
Posted - 2011.07.06 13:05:00 - [9]
 

I hope that you find your association with the Republic both profitable and enlightening, Stitcher. I doubt the unfortunate political situation that puts our people at odds will change any time soon, but you will find no animosity directed your way from me. Knowledge and profit can flow both ways, after all, inane politics be damned!

Nola Doyle
NeuroGEN
Posted - 2011.07.06 16:14:00 - [10]
 

My, this expression of tolerance and understanding seems to be spreading even as we speak.

Khali Nephtys
Minmatar
Re-Awakened Technologies Inc
Posted - 2011.07.07 18:49:00 - [11]
 

I don't know Captain Hakatain terribly well so I won't even attempt to speak for him, and I certainly don't count myself among his friends as yet, even though we are corp mates. What I will say though, is all this talk about betraying 'your people' is interesting, for myself I can say that I have killed more of 'my people' since I took up arms and flew under the banner of EM, than I ever did before.

It did give me pause for thought, that here I was supposedly fighting to defend the Republic and the Minmatar people, and yet I was killing more of them than ever, so why the disparity? Well the answer when it came was startlingly obvious, the Republic is not my people, and my people are not the Republic. To fight for an entity like the Republic you will sometimes have to fight against those you consider your people. It's a notion (albeit in my opinion an absurd one), that there is some 'greater good' in serving an entity, which transcends friendships and even blood ties.

Again I am speaking only for myself here when I say that 'my people', are the ones I fly with, the ones I face death with each day, doesn't matter what race they are, what matters is are they there on my wing, and I am on theirs! Stop confusing idea's like Republics, Empires, States and Federations, with actual living people, then you might have a better notion of what the phrase 'my people' means to some of us.


 

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