Sometimes, in our imperfect world, that which is best (the "Legal Mandate"), that which is right (the "Moral Mandate"), and the support of the people (the "Mandate of Heaven") are not aligned, and you are forced to choose one or two to the exclusion of the others. I used to focus only on the first two, even though I'd speak of the third, though not truly giving it much consideration. Yesterday I have come to realize that, as a leader, doing that which I perceive to be best and right means absolutely nothing if it it does not benefit or garner the support of those who choose to follow me. Without the Mandate of Heaven, there is no alliance with which to be both best and right.
Up to now I have developed a reputation for being harsh and ruthless on many occasions. Even with the best of intentions to benefit the alliance, the steps I have taken, or at least the execution thereof, have polarized those within and without the alliance. At times I have even treated others as subhuman, toying with them, belittling them, treating them as if they there for my personal enjoyment rather than recognizing that behind each capsuleer as a living, breathing, feeling human being behind a computer, and treating them as such.
I have come to recognize the error of my ways. I have come to recognize this to be a flaw in my character as a person, and a flaw which may jeopardize our very existence as an up-and-coming alliance. I saw in myself someone who I was not proud of, and I am looking to change that. I have already begun to take meaningful steps. In the past 48 hours or so, I have gravely injured and disgracefully tarnished the integrity of our alliance. I have incited conflict with Paul and protest over my treatment of him and how I've handled the conflict, and I have completely devastated a beloved member of our alliance, Jade, and annihilated our relationship with her, and certainly whatever friendship we once had that I held so dear.
But in the past 18 hours, I've also taken meaningful steps to remediate the situation. I approached Paul with respect and open arms, and put everything on the table. I spoke with him honestly, and with the nostalgic sentiment that once upon a time we were good friends and there is no reason why we can't be good friends again. As for Jade, I wrote her a heartfelt apology. I acknowledged what I've said and done is too little too late. I acknowledged my faults and what I could have done differently. I am not expecting things to change just because I've said I'm sorry; we may have very well have passed the point of no return. We shall see. But the steps have been taken, and more steps will be taken to try to make these wrongs into a right. I've even reached out to the leader of Short Bus Mercenaries to apologize for being disrespectful, and that if I did not respect him before that I respect him now. My message was well received, and while I am sure we will continue to face off in the battlefield, it will be more along the lines of a healthy rivalry than enemies intent on utterly destroying each other.
There is much more to be done, but it is happened. My friends, it has been a privilege and honor serving you, and if you would find it in your hearts to forgive me for my past indiscretions, I promise henceforth we will take our alliance in a new direction, and I will be more fair, just, benevolent, and kind to you all and all others. Respect will be first and foremost among the best of friends and the worst of enemies.
Your feedback is very important to me. If you have something to say, anything at all, please, speak plainly, so that you may help give us a fresh start in a new direction with the right foot forward.
- Archer en Tilavine
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