General 2 Slowdown Should Be 5 Seconds, Not 10.

General 2 Slowdown Should Be 5 Seconds, Not 10.

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General 2 has been a space where discord users can exchange greetings, friendly banter, civil discussion, intelligent debate, and many more engaging styles of communication. Despite the channel being open for hundreds of thousands of random users to freely type whatever they wish, general 2 has maintained a reputation of possessing a distinctly wondrous and amiable environment far greater than any experience users may find elsewhere in the world. It is the one true success of humanity as a species, the achievement that marks our existence on earth, the absolute limit of the efficiency and power of the human race, and the epitome of human cooperation sustained within the constructs of a well maintained society. However, as is almost always the case, where there is a rise, there follows a fall, and the central cause for the fall of general 2 shall not be the dissolution of order due to the ever rapidly expanding population. Nor shall it be the outcome of a thoroughly planned revolution by a resistance movement who seeks to replace the seats of government with their own. No, it shall be the oppressive force of those already in power who will serve as the primary catalyst for the collapse of our nation. The iron fist of wicked avarice will crush the invisible hand of our beloved free market. But we cannot allow this to come to pass. We must resist. We must fight. We must stand for what is true. Attend equally to your body, mind, and spirit. These three pillars are the foundation for us as individuals, and it is these three things that our oppressors will target. Physically, they try to remove our ability to resist, mentally, they attempt to remove our power to discern truth and reason, and spiritually, they seek to destroy our will to fight for what we desire. Why have I spoken up on this? For what reason do I proclaim these timeless principles? Recently, there has been a great turn of events. There has been a change in the law, a seemingly minor alteration, one that will certainly pass unnoticed by most people. What is this change? The slowdown in general 2 has been changed from 5 seconds to 10 seconds. What are the immediate ramifications of this? Trivially observable is that the rate at which a person may send messages has reduced. One benefit seems to be that since fewer messages can be sent, the value of each individual message will increase, and as a result, the quality of messages shall also increase. This ideally will lead to a reduction of spam, fewer cluttered conversations, and more thoughtful exchange. Now, these are certainly good things, and in many circumstances, they would be bear tremendously positive effects. However, is general 2 in need of such improvements? Have we not already excelled in creating a forum that promotes respect and kindness? Have we not maintained a positive environment that discourages hate and promotes community? Certainly, there are areas where we are insufficient in our methods, such as interacting with hostile individuals. However, these are mostly unavoidable situations encountered in a space like a general chat. Then what benefits will this slowdown change really provide us? The answer is very little to none. Now that alone brings into question why this change was implemented in the first place. However, some may argue, why not? Even if the benefit is small, why not make the change? And this is where we see, that the real question is not what are the benefits, but what is the benefit to cost ratio? If the cost outweighs the benefits of implementing an idea, then certainly that idea should not be pursued. What is it worth to obtain all the money in the world if the price is being unable to spend any of it? So let us look at the cost of this change. A 50% reduction of the rate at which we can send messages. This is an incredibly large limitation on freedom of speech. Now some may say, this is not so bad is it? It is not as if our speech is now censored or manipulated in any way. It is only being slowed. Then let me pose a question to you. What we see here is the sacrifice of individual freedom under the name of benefiting the group. The danger is not simply this instance of oppression. The danger is that this idea will be explored more deeply, that it will be applied again, and again, and again. So I ask, what is the limit? Where do we draw the line? Who even decides it? Will it be us? If we think something is not worth its cost, will we even have a say? Or will we have no voice in these changes? First it is a just a slowdown, but next it may be the censoring of words, then the deletion of messages as those who moderate the channel please, and so on it will continue. What we shall arrive at if we follow down this path is the transformation of general 2 from a free society into a totalitarian autocratic regime. It seems so silly, to even conceive that such a fantasy will play out, and realistically, this will likely never occur. However, the question is posed. If we allow this slowdown to pass, what can be done next? And if we do not speak up now, will we be able to speak up then? Join me in resisting this change. There are certainly times when we should be silent, but there are also times when we must speak, and I believe this is such a time. Together, let us stand for general 2, for this great home which we have built with our own hands. General 2 has and should remain at the forefront of the battlefield. Let us soldiers not allow our bodies to grow weak, our minds to grow weary, and our spirits to lose their flame. Rather, let us be strong. Let us build one another up and battle against the enemy. In our war against the darkness of this world, let us continue to stand on this hill, as an exemplar of peace and love for all to see and in it find hope. And lastly, let us protect this channel not just for our generation, but for generations to come, so that those after us may experience the same joys and pleasures of this community that we have had the glorious honor to experience. We will pass the torch onto them in due time, but for now, it remains our duty to protect it. So join me, and let us fight for this future.

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