Jon A. Lambert
jlsysinc at ix.netcom.com
Thu Aug 28 01:46:50 New Zealand Standard Time 1997
On 27 Aug 97 at 14:04, clawrenc at cup.hp.com wrote:
> In <33FC7352.FA22963F at darklock.com>, on 08/21/97
> at 10:05 AM, Caliban Tiresias Darklock <caliban at darklock.com> said:
> >Do NOT under ANY circumstances build rape code into your game. It's
> >just not an amusing option, and can have some serious repercussions
> >for survivors of such incidents.
Some last thoughts and I will leave it lie.
_If_ I do implement any references to rape within my mud theme they
will most likely be background/historical references. There will
_not_ be a "rape" command as has been suggested. If an activity
of this type is explicitly requested and consented too by the
deities/PCs/NPCs involved it will seriously be considered in light of
its implications/use in story development. As such I do not consider
any topic taboo, though some may, and with _good_ reason.
It has been interesting and enlightening to see the responses to
this. Some may have a hard time believing that others do in fact
perceive the world differently than themselves and these views
may offend. My thoughts have been genuine, and I do agree with
JCL that it is _your_ choice to be offended. I only hope we can
explore other interesting(?) approaches to muds without forming
assumed orthodoxies on OTHER topics and it becomes offensive to
state opinion on such.
> These facts are all fairly uninteresting, and actually meaningless
> except to the individuals involved.
I will present some off-topic background information at the end.
Not because it's relevant, necessary or provides any weight to my
opinions. Hopefully it will shed some light on how responsible or
irresponsible I am. I won't respond to comments on it.
> Basic philosophy #1: A person is responsible for the condition they
> find themselves in.
> Basic philosophy #2: A person is responsible for the effects they
> Those are deliberately unconditional statements. That given, I define
> offense as a choice of the offended.
I share these in some form and would be sorely tempted to phrase them
conditionally. But as "root" objects, they are not altogether alien
to me. (There, that's opaque enough)
A little background:
I have two children ages 12 and 7 and have raised them by myself. My
ex-wife abandoned her responsibilities some 5 years ago to lead a
life of alcoholism, drug-abuse, crime and has not been heard from in
two years. As such I have little tolerance or sensitivity for these
self-made "victims". These "victims" who bear no responsibility for
what they inflict on others. I have strongly held religious beliefs
and my children have been raised accordingly. I am aware that my
ex-wife has been raped several times since her departure. I have
little sensitivity to HER trauma since such "punishments" were
apparently in lieu of money by drug dealers. I have also served two
very short sentences in prison for refusing to comply with Federal
and State regulations regarding firearms and continue my
disobedience. I have also been active in turning purveyors of
child-pornography over to local authorities and have been fired by a
company for not following "proper channels" when said material was
discovered on their network.
Jon A. Lambert
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