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I Currently Renounce My FM Membership

October 26th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 7 Comments

With a raving, excessively emotional comment below my Dear Freethinking Maties post, I announced that I am not interested in the Freethinking Maties Society if I am not considered welcome there. I renounce my membership, until such a time as they inform me that I am welcome to join. I am not interested in joining a society that is not interested in having me.

Please note, dear readers, that the comment that prompted my excessively passionate rant, was not made by a committee member. It is in no way representative of the policy of the society. Do not let this one bad apple frighten you away from joining. I actually hope his comment was trolling, in which case he understands me well and just wanted to provide me with an opportunity to get that off my chest. I’m not sure. Him and I do have somewhat of a history, and I have no reason to assume one above the other (troll vs serious).

The comment/rant is long, and is liberally peppered with excessive swearing and insults, you have been warned. It is all pre-meditated and self-aware. I am attempting to demonstrate a point, which I do think some aspiring members dearly need to hear. The comment follows below the Dear Freethinking Maties letter, and is not for the faint-hearted.

I look forward to hearing from the committee. Should they like to make a formal statement, I would happily post it on my blog. It could be a brilliant marketing opportunity. Any publicity is good publicity, and besides, the publicity provided by the Dear Freethinking Maties letter is completely unrelated to formal society policy. I repeat: the individual I responded to, was one single individual, not acting in the interests of the society. The table is now completely clear. I have effectively revealed all my cards. I am completely in the open, completely honest. No need to fear any other imminent revelations. Any uncertainty, any curiosity about my motives, strategies or plans, just ask. I will try my best to answer as clearly as I can.

Please let me know if I am welcome to become a member. Thanks. (Do bear in mind, this might give some like-minded individuals the courage to join as well. Do you want that? If I am a member, I will gladly ensure, with all my heart, that the society sticks to what I believe the agenda of a CFA society should be.)


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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hugo // Oct 27, 2007 at 12:48 am

    In further comments on the “Dear Freethinking Maties” post, we have made peace. Nevertheless, I still mean it when I say: I’m only joining if they, uh, the committee?, answer “yes” to the question “am I welcome?”

    I write this with a most positive attitude. I am happy, at ease. Don’t get me wrong. The (premeditated) outburst was an isolated, contained event.

  • 2 Hugo // Oct 27, 2007 at 1:19 am

    So here’s the thing then:

    I have no need for this society. I don’t have to be there. I feel I have a contribution to make. If you don’t want this contribution inside the society, I’m perfectly happy making it outside. It will not be detrimental to your society at all. I will send people your way if they belong there, and I will offer to make contributions where I can, even if I am not a member.

    Formal, legalistic membership, means nothing.

    I am a Freethinker.

  • 3 Johan Swarts // Oct 27, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Kom ons stig tog net ons eie groep en kry klaar 😉

  • 4 Steve // Oct 27, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Ons is mos reeds ons eie groep, as ek so inklusief mag wees 😉

  • 5 Hugo // Oct 27, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Inderdaad. Ek dink nie eens dis nodig om iets soos ‘n “constitution” te hê nie. Ons mis net op universiteit “perks”. Ons het egter blogosphere perks, ek dink dis goed genoeg vir bemarking? 😀

  • 6 gloep // Oct 27, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Die universiteit het perks?

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