My dear enemy,
I hope this finds you well, as I want all my enemies to be well.
I'm sure you have noticed my recent behavior. Most people find it irrational. You are a capitalist, however. And a capitalist is someone who tries to find rationality behind irrationality. Think of our good friend George Soros. Why is he so good at making money? You know the answer.
Now, allow me to give you some facts, solid facts. I'm aware that I'm breaking some rules. Also, I respect rules. Also, I am a human being. Also, an existentialist comrade of mine taught me this: a human being is born free, and imprisoned in freedom. That complicates everything. That forces us to think about how freedom, ethics, and rules relate to each other.
Imprisonment in freedom means absolute responsibility for rules. One is free to violate them, and yet also free to follow them. Existentialism is not necessarily a nihilism. Nihilism is an option. But one is responsible for that option.
Let us go on to the next step. There are rules, and some of them contradict each other. To take just one example, the rules I consented to when I created my account at Hatena are indeed against the rules written in the Constitution. The latter is a very mysterious document. I now ask you to re-read it. What do you think? It is so open to interpretation that it is open to all sorts of interpretation. Which means this: honoring some rules involves confronting one's freedom, such that no rule can be an excuse for pretending not to be free. Plus, adhering to some rules is necessarilily accompanied by breaking others, and one needs to make a choice, for which one is responsible.
If you realize that, it's just one step away from realizing this: one is responsible for defining boundaries. I'm sharing my password with several people I haven't even met. Is that overboard? I'm using your SBM system in ways you might not have expected. Is that unacceptable? I'm also doing some other things. I want to know my limits, and I'm conducting some experiments for that purpose.
I'm doing this inspired partly by someone who lives in your city. I participated in a political march with her last month. At the beginning, the police made some announcements and gave a clear definition of the boundaries for that occasion. As a lawful citizen, I decided to follow what they said. But she didn't. She happens to be a law student, and according to her, the police had no legal ground. I'm a layperson, so I couldn't tell who was right. Then she started to act in a way that at first seemed totally irrational. She crossed boundaries inch by inch. As I expected and warned her, the police kept shouting at her. She didn't stop. And in just several moments, the boundaries started to disappear. Everyone crossed them, even myself included. Retroactively, everyone realized there were no boundaries in the first place.
That was last month. And I thought about self-policing at the place I cherish the most, Hatena. I Hatena-ed myself about what I'd been doing at Hatena. We are in the reality, not the Matrix, so we can't twist the law of physics. But we are responsible for the human law, for how we relate to it, for twisting or not twisting it, for destroying it or protecting it, for choosing which law to follow, and for creating the law.
Let's get back to the second paragraph now. You are a capitalist. I add one more bit of information about you. You are confronted with a choice: whether or not to delete my account. Which is the right way if maximizing profitability in a lawful way is your goal? I don't have an answer. So far, my account hasn't been erased, and I thank you for that. But maybe you should. Or maybe you shouldn't. I don't know.
When I don't have an answer, I try to have a dialogue. And that's what I was trying to ask for in this entry. Would you mind if I asked you to invite me to Kyoto? I'd like to talk in person. Maybe it would be better if some of your employees were also present. What do you think? I promise you I'll come alone, unarmed, without a bullet. I need a bullet train ticket as I live far away. I'd prefer a green car, but a coach is acceptable.
I await your response with patience.
With love, hatred, and respect,
p.s. Please relay my thanks to your Hatena Book staff.