Beware of Facebook Impostors by Alleged Rational Human Beings
I just learned that between a plain stupid school kiddie and a socialist, the latter is worse and more dangerous… Some socialists who support this bill are ready to use any means possible- and even resort to unethical methods- to silence dissenters…
It was reported that “Facebook impostors are proliferating alarmingly as reported by the media.” There are a lot of motivations for some unscrupulous people to steal or appropriate the identity of another person, one of which is to humiliate or silence their critics over a hotly contested social issue. Any act of using, appropriating or stealing someone else’s identity is unethical, immoral and improper. It is at best an act of cowardice.
I think I’m one of the newest victims of shameless Facebook impostors. When I wrote about the “academic bigotry” of some academic bigots, my blog was bombarded with angry comments. That’s just fine. But when I expressed my opposition to a particular legislation on a Facebook group, I was not merely attacked, someone had to drop his/her senses and sanity only to dogmatically defend his/her position. I appreciate the zeal of this impostor, but why resort to using my picture and name to humiliate, discredit or silence me?
If you think it is all right to resort to improper conduct just to silence a critic, then why preach democracy, good values, cooperation, and helping the poor?
For expressing my opinion against the controversial Reproductive Health Bill in an open online group on Facebook, someone, perhaps after running out of rational or irrational arguments, resorted to appropriating my identity for his/her brutish motive, and posted malicious and vicious comments under my name and picture. I found it amusing, but I have to admit I was really shocked. I was shocked to know that there are some self-respecting people who would allow their emotions to decimate their reason and senses, and resort to such an evil, malicious act of stealing someone else’s identity. It is disappointing, and at the same time, shocking to learn that there are some people in an alleged “intellectual” group who would drop their manners and rational (?) convictions just to put another person in bad light. If you think this pathetic, pitiful ploy is not unethical and dishonest, then better stop attending or sending your kids to school. If you think it is all right to resort to improper conduct just to silence a critic, then why preach democracy, good values, cooperation, and helping the poor?
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
This malicious act should be considered anti-intellectual and anti-reason in the realm of public opinion. It simply reflects the (mis)behavior and attitude of the perpetrator and that of his/her silent supporters and loud co-conspirators. It means that the perpetrator had lost all his senses and rational convictions, and miserably admitted that he couldn’t adduce any rational argument without resorting to such an evil and unprincipled device to stop his/her opponent. There’s something wrong with a person who uses such an “evil ploy” as an “intellectual” weapon, but I believe that those who tolerate it and even express their commendation are more disgusting and objectionable. Between the perpetrator and his supporter, the latter is the greater evil. Why would one resort to appropriating another person’s identity and why would somebody applaud it? Why is it necessary for a forumer or an alleged thinker to drop his manners and resort to this improper conduct, if he honestly thinks he can argue in a cultured manner? Any person who would resort to same pitiful tactic to silence his critics is one who is devoid of self-esteem. Adolf Hitler came to power simply because the stupid Germans outnumbered the rational ones. The Germans supported the murderous acts of Hitler because they dogmatically thought they embraced the right ideology, and they applauded the manner by which their fuhrer silenced his opponents. In a so-called free society, nobody is to be punished or maliciously discredited by merely expressing a dissenting opinion. No, I will never adopt the same unconscionable, unprofessional ploy. One is not supposed to fight an evil by resorting to same evil act. I firmly believe in the following adage: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
I sent a message to the creator of this group, not to make “sumbong” as he proudly announced to his followers, but to properly inform him about the shameless act of one of his group members. It is just for the sake of formality for any action that I might file in the future. Everybody knows this act of Facebook impostering is unethical, and the person who believes nothing wrong with appropriating someone’s identity for malicious motive so long as you embrace the same political or social position is the most depraved type of living creature.
Between the perpetrator and his supporter, the latter is the greater evil.
The following consists my unabridged letter to Mr. Carlos Celdran, the creator of Facebook group “I SUPPORT THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL.”
“I would like to call your attention that a member of your group stole my identity, perhaps in retaliation to my opposition to the controversial RH Bill. We are in a semi-free or democratic country, where free speech is guaranteed by our Constitution. Argument or disagreement is simply part of our democratic process. We are not in a socialist or communist state where freedom of expression is being fervently regulated by the state. We are lucky to have defended this fundamental attribute of our human right.
“Someone was engaging in IDENTITY THEFT, an act that is considered unethical and irresponsible. Someone posted a message on the status board using my name and my identity simply to humiliate and discredit me. I’m telling you that I’m not affected at all. I personally find this act amusing, but I have to admit that I was shocked. I was shocked to know that there are some people who need to resort to such a malicious act to silence anyone who disagrees with them. Their method constitutes coercion; mine is persuasion.
I am informing you for some possible legal action that I might file in the future. I am informing you as the creator of this group. I hope you understand that an issue like this is better resolved in an open forum where everybody is given the opportunity to present his/her position in a civilized, responsible, ethical and clear manner. Also, I must inform you that I have a suspect with respect to the act of identity theft.”
Expectedly, Mr. Celdran replied:
“Well, you reap what you sow. You know what you got into. There is an I OPPOSE THE RH BILL page as well. You should stick to that. But unfortunately, there aren’t that many people on that page. And it’s run by a grade schooler so the arguments aren’t that exciting. Cheers.”
Yeah, right! I’m not surprised by the cold reply of the creator of this group. So it’s now okay to resort to evil methods just to stop critics. This kind of mentality is an abomination, an anomaly in a state which calls itself ‘society.’ Indeed, Celdran’s pathetic reply reflects the mindset of those in a socialist state where the socialist government may use arbitrary and inhumane methods just to silence its critics. And yet, these Filipino socialists who benefit from our semi-free system have the guts to shout the virtues of human rights and freedom. Perhaps they forgot that their socialist dream rejects these cherished ideals which is only possible in a capitalist society. I simply replied the following: “Well, you reap what you sow.” Nice one from an alleged thinker or rational individual. I was simply informing you. Don’t be flattered. This is not personal.” I added:
“Well, you reap what you sow.” This means it’s just OK to resort to such an unethical, illegal and irresponsible act like IDENTITY THEFT. I may be Godless but I will never do such a thing. Not even to a dictator like Gloria. I would never tolerate such a thing, if a friend of mine would resort to the same ploy. This kind of conduct has no room in a civilized world. Resorting to IDENTITY THEFT and tolerating it means you have foregone your values, rational conviction and moral ideals. No, I can criticize someone for embracing socialism, but I won’t resort to such an evil act.”
Really, we are living in a civilized world with alleged civilized people. Some people who are advocating for the enslavement of employers and the taxing of both public and private workers, have miserably dropped their manners.