In the United tates, it was just our 4th of July holiday - Independence Day. I celebrated by having friends and family over for a meal in the afternoon, then let those who wanted, go see fireworks at the local high school. I took a nap instead!
America is about freedom. In his 1941 State of the Union Address, then-President Franklin Roosevelt spoke about the "Four Freedoms": Freedom of Speech; Freedom of Worship; Freedom from Want; Freedom from Fear.
Freedom of speech is the natural right to openly express yourself within a society. Freedom of worship allows us to follow the dictates of our conscience. Freedom from want means that no person should lack the basic necessities. And freedom from fear means we should not live our lives worried that we might be victimized.
I have a stalker here. It is a male. He is probably young, likely a sociopath, and definitely a troll. He sent me a message out of the blue, with the subject line "killing you." It is not one of the few people I have played against. All those folks have been perfect ladies and gentlemen, and the chats/conversations have been cordial.
When I asked in reply for an explanation, I was told I could "suck his dick." His apparent sock puppets showed up, briefly, in a few more comments on a topic I started.
It is sad that the site does not have the security in place to permanently block haters like this guy.
Jim Morrison once stated,
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”
It is my hope that we can all be our authentic selves, without fear of being trolled or stalked. I can respect another's religion, race, nationality, orientation, political views, etc, without being judgemental. Live and let live. And though I am passionate about some issues, my ultimate goal is just to end up with more friends at the end of the day.
If I have offended any of you, I apologize.