My overdue introduction; personal declaration and a new tag #whitefeather

in introduceyourself •  2 years ago

Eighteen months ago I was involved in a facebook stoush over a vandalised war memorial.


I suggested that it wasn't a big deal since the memorial was only marketing material for the next war anyway, and no great loss; that the great loss actually occured when obeying politicians landed all those names on the marble a century ago.
Among the furious, chest beating responses was this gem.

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White feathers were given to young men in civilian clothes, by patriotic young women in the UK during WW1.
It was an accusation of cowardice, and indication of romantic ambivalence in the face of their shirked civic responsibility to enlist.
It was largely successful in shaming young men into joining the war, but also became a source of shame for the women handing them out.
Decades later, despite the anecdotal participation of thousands of young women, a public request to interview those involved found only two women willing to admit they had handed out the feathers.

When I was awarded this digital feather, a suggested new profile pic, I realised that given the global nature of the internet it would ironically make a really good one.
While a few million of my more patriotic countrymen might see me as advertising my own cowardice and ingratitude, 6 billion foreigners might be put at ease by my public renunciation of aggression.
Since politicians can only garner internal support for war by exaggerating threats, the more foreigners who advertise themselves online as conscientious objectors, the more hollow these frantic assertions sound and the fewer wars we'll have.
And now, thanks to the permanent and public nature of the steemit blockchain I have an opportunity to personally, formally accept the white feather in a public forum.
In that spirit, I make the below declaration;

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I'd like to encourage others to join me in posting similar sentiments tagged #whitefeather and hope it becomes a growing digital list to eventually replace the cold, dead marble ones.
To this end, I'll follow every steemer who uses the whitefeather tag to post a personal, verified declaration of non aggression. (I'm no whale, but I have a little SP)
I'll also spend all steem dollars this post wins promoting #whitefeather posts.

One hundred years ago, during a gruesome display of obedience, the state gave us a symbol of defiance and expected us to be ashamed of it.

Matt Clarke

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Glad I came across this gem. @realtreebivvy and I have just had a fantastic discussion around this. Completely in agreement with what you've said and I hope more and more people will reach this point of enlightenment.

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Thanks (love that meme btw)
I didn't see much engagement at the time, but there were only a handful of people here then.
Glad to save it on chain, probably the first person to make this kind of statement on a blockchain, which is pretty cool :)

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Yes, they're all saved to the block chain, but it's a long scroll to find someone's early work. It would be great if they could somehow be linked by category or interest maybe.

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That'll come in time. I'd like to be able to edit older posts. The story of how I popped the question ends with a short gif of the night, but the link is broken for some reason.
https://imgur.com/a/9tMFK

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Also each topic only goes back a week, which is frustrating. I have to remember who entered my path of exile competition more than a week ago and navigate to their blog to find their entry post.

This is a great idea - I hope we see more NAP declarations on the blockchain

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Thanks ausbitbank, we ancaps are all about personal responsibility; and this is a great opportunity to make a peace declaration to the world. I'd hoped it would attract a little more enthusiasm, but it's my stance, even if I stand alone :)

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Did you write this declaration yourself ?
I really expected this to get more attention as well, I think I'll follow up and do a similar post myself :)

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Here is the text, slightly modified to remove gender and add emphasis.
One less excuse/barrier for people to do this ..


Dear every person in the world ,

If someone tells you I'm a threat to you, they are lying.
You are my friend, and will remain so unless you personally demonstrate otherwise.

If someone tells me you're a threat to me, and should be attacked -
my friendship with them will end
. Our friendship will continue.

I'm proud to call you my friend, and nobody can change that but you.

In love, peace and clear conscience,

Signed

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That's great, thanks mate. I'm not suggesting everybody repeat my words, although obviously they're welcome to :)
I look forward to your post and promoting it to the tune of 9c :)

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Thanks mate, yes its my text. I've mulled it over for about 6 months, and was just waiting for a forum to share it in. I was originally trying to work out a way of lodging it in the bitcoin blockchain, but then steemit popped up.
To be honest, I've been sitting on it until I had enough followers to give it a decent audience.

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In fairness, a few of those upvoters may be contemplating their own. Its quite personal, but also very empowering in a way. I'm glad I did it :)

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You don't stand alone. I got out after I got in. I was stupid and poor, and preyed upon. I'm not a hero. And I do feel publicly like I should be ashamed. Deep down in torn. Story for another time. But I stand with you #whitefeather

Liked your post I may have to go find my own feather now. And help spread some peace around.

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I enlisted but never deployed. I would have, though. Glad to have you back.