Today while looking through my spam folder, I came to a conclusion: those who engage in spamming tactics are devoid of morals, and interested in nothing more than personal gain. Of course, I'm not the only one to arrive at this conclusion. There are plenty of us, but not enough. The phrase "devoid of morals" is a little strong, but I believe it to be true. How can one justify forcing anything upon an unwilling victim, sometimes employing deceitful tactics to do so, with the sole intent to make a profit? The answer is that spammers are inconsiderate, self-serving, and therefore, immoral. A few days ago, someone attempted to post a comment on my other blog. The comment contained links to pornographic websites. The content of the blog? Fatherhood. Wow! That's a serious lack of consideration and a shining example of putting one's own interests before those of others. We'll never be able to stop the practice of spamming, no matter how many anti-spam checks we put in place. There will always be another hole for spammers to exploit, especially as web technologies continue to emerge and evolve. Assuming that one day we are able to stop spamming, those that would spam will simply find another way to achieve their goal. Now comes the part where I ask a spammer to explain themselves. Of course that won't happen on this blog, but since I was fairly harsh in my criticism, I think it's only fair that a subject of the criticism be allowed to defend him or herself.
I like to think of myself as a caring person, and attempt to behave compassionately towards others. Sometimes I fall short in that effort, but failing is what humans do, and successful humans learn from failure. I'd like to discuss what I believe is one of my more recent failures, and what I've come to learn about what's behind it. When the masking guidance and mandates first dropped, it short-circuited me. I reacted in disbelief, anger, and refusal to enter places that required masks. Masking was a simple act that was both scientifically and morally justified. I wondered if I really was a decent person, or if this reflexive pushback was just uncovering undiagnosed sociopathic tendencies. I started to wonder if my outward behaviors of positivity and kindness were just facades that I'd constructed around a dark psyche. Given the rhetoric surrounding mask-wearing, which can — as far as I understand — be reduced to “you're a monster if you don't do this,” it was ha