My campaign strategy is not a difficult one to grasp. I wish to represent all players. You do not need to be part of a large alliance. You do not need to go along with the status quo. Your voice is as important as anyone else’s. I’ve been adamant and steadfast in this belief despite much criticism over the years.
I’ve been called idealistic. Yes, I do believe in ideals and work diligently towards raising standards to be in line with those ideals.
I’ve been called naive. If believing in the inherent rights of every individual is naive, then yes, I will continue to listen to every player in an unbiased fashion, not simply lending my strength of opinion to the current popular topic.
I’ve been called a three time loser. Yes, I have lost my previous attempts to secure a seat on the CSM three times past. I may lose this one as well. In that limited and literal sense, I have lost. Does it make me a loser? No. Hiding behind the internet, hiding behinds the skirts of large corporations, calling someone else a loser who is out there and trying to stand by their convictions, well, nothing more to say on this one.
There is hope. There are those that understand my platform. It’s not to say I don’t have opinions, but I offer something more … wisdom.
Raw symbols and signs that have no significance outside of itself. I can tell you how many players there are. I can tell you how many are alt accounts. I can look up any of the stats on the game map. Any of us can look up a historical view of that information on Dotlan. CCP can provide countless statistics and raw data values pertaining to any aspect of the game, but on its own, it’s meaningless.
Data that has been given meaning by creating context around that data. This is how opinions are formed. This is how debates begin. Interpretations of data. Discussions of data. The data has now been given shape and had perspective applied to it.
A collection of information combined with relevant experience and reasoning to bring about a new understanding where there was none to be held previously. This is how most players envision the CSM – they should be knowledgeable. Some players believe they should be specialized in one particular area of the game, bringing vast stores of knowledge to bear, and that the CSM should be made up of 14 individuals with differing specializations and also superficial knowledge of all areas of the game.
We’ve seen how well that has worked thus far.
The application of knowledge that asks questions where there were none before. To me, this is what the CSM is all about. As I’ve explained, data, information and to a degree, knowledge are easy to come by. It’s what we do with that knowledge that matters. Few people can ask the questions that helps knowledge progress. It is not a shortcoming on their end. There are always those that have the capacity to drive things forward.
I am one of them.
My dilemma is that while this has worked for me well in my real life endeavours, it has failed for me in my CSM pursuits. I’ve asked past CSM members, current CSM candidates and others to share their knowledge, to ask those wise questions, and together, the answer revealed itself.
I’m good in person.
Unfortunately, the nature of our game doesn’t allow for me to sit down and have a genuine face to face with players. This continues to work against me.
I’ve been advised to simply play the political game. To do whatever I need to do to get elected. Even to record myself stating such so that I can recant it once on the CSM and stand by my morals once in the position I desire.
That sounds a lot like “The ends justifies the means” to me.
I simply will not do it. I will not compromise my integrity. I will not waver in my stance and views. I will continue to represent every player even if I do not secure a seat on the CSM.
Is this wise?
We’ll all find out on April 27th. Together.