by Marlin Spike
What and who do you see when you look into a mirror?
San Francisco circa: 1865
There was a moment when I thought I might want to be a part of this frontier city. Now it will be business and a token participation by myself or a representative of our company. My interests in San Francisco have been reduced due to a particular incident that altered the direction and desire I felt compelled to offer to a city that is and will become even more, a central staging point of sound business on an international scale.
Human beings are not possessions. I can not live in or around the people who would call themselves
aristocrats. There are very wealthy people here who believe their station in life is above the lives they
stold and/or manipulated to allow an appearance of sophistication that allows a separation between class
and no class.
Who defines this term? Class? In this case, I do! I would share water with anyone with a heart.
Money doesn't purchase water in a desert where only water has value! Class is giving water to a dying man in the desert with no money but with heart! Yours and his........entwined....
Vigilantism is coming to San Francisco. Not to protect the innocent as it is set up to be and written of in the newspapers but to protect the interests of people like me! Property rich, proper schools, proper homes;
wealth built on the backs of the people who are outspoken enough to require the vigilantes we hire to destroy their spirit. If their spirit is to rebel, than we destroy them. Not us, but, the temporary government we create!
So, I and my family must leave. I can't fight a system that created me. If not for me being shanghaied out of San Francisco itself, I would not be in a position today to leave. If not for a series of coincidences I would be and still am, one of the lower class. I am compelled to acknowledge that I remain one of the people. Not separate or separated by something so unimportant as money! For when I had none, I still saw the nature of an individual man manifested in his actions towards his fellow man.
Appearances can be deceptive. I have been fortunate to have witnessed great deeds and personal sacrifice performed by men of no substance but also by men of enormous wealth. Here is where truth lays it's head. Of goodness and evil I am not sure. However, I am sure that when I have been hungry and been fed by someone who shared with me the little he had, both were enriched beyond our understanding, Of this I have many examples. I also am all to aware that those who have much do not share. It is not in their nature to share as they never feel they have enough. They are right they don't and never will. There are exceptions but not many.
I can not be a part, here in San Francisco, where men who but a few short weeks ago, were the people they have declared war upon. Under the guise of protecting society, culture and property they are creating a force outside the law called, " Vigilantism "! Not only is this outside the law, it is unconstitutional! When the wealthy determine what is best for mankind; my family, my men with their families, my business and all aspects ( eddies and echoes ) of myself have no choice but to re-locate.
I have been asked to join this demonic group of wealthy, ruling tyrants! I can not! Now they come against me as a unified group of maddened animals. Of this I am not afraid. Fear is not part of a man who has crossed " The Horn " many times. However, I wish to enjoy what is left to me of life with family and friends in the company of truth, honesty and companionship! Sharing honest questions with honest people who are truly searching for real answers to these questions. I fear vigilantes already have their answers to questions they wouldn't even know how to phrase OR ask! They care nothing for learning. They love money and make that very clear to those that can hear. These things trouble me.
I can not support vigilantism of any sort. We leave on the morning tide. I will miss the flavor of this young city. I am sure San Francisco will survive the ashes and horrors that are forthcoming as it goes through it's growing pains. I am also certain it will re-write it's history so that some of it's darkest characters are immortalized by street namesm bars and colleges as is the way of man. How predictable is the behavior of man?
Yours in truth,