We know the Code exists; it's as real as anything in EVE can be. Indeed, it has a bigger impact on more EVE players than any other aspect of the game. Even the most rebellious carebears, on some level, accept this fact. We know, too, that carebears have many responsibilities under the Code. What about Agents?
Rebels and skeptics often bemoan the "unfairness" of the Code: Agents get all the benefits and miners bear all the burdens. (If they really believed that, though, then why are they mining instead of enforcing the Code?) As evidence, the rebels point to the following provision of the Code as an example:
Keep local clean. Miners should be courteous in local and should refrain from the use of profanity.The carebear whines, "Why should only miners be barred from using profanity in local? Why shouldn't gankers be required to follow rules on what they can and can't say?"
The carebear is, as always, disingenuous. He has no concern for the quality of local chat. If he did, we wouldn't have so many issues with foul-mouthed carebears spewing their toxicity all over highsec. Unlicensed miners are known for using racial slurs, death threats, and committing other bannable acts--in local chat, private convos, EVEmails, you name it.
The miner's complaint about a lack of restrictions on Agents' speech is also an example of deflection--a common tool of the bot-aspirant carebear. Gank a bot-aspirant, and he'll tell you to "go after the bots, and leave us real people alone." Shoot a new (or not-so-new) player, and he'll demand you gank an experienced one instead. Pop an autopiloter in highsec, he'll tell you to go fight in lowsec. On and on it goes. Even if you take their advice--gank a confirmed botter, for example--they'll whine that you should be in nullsec where the real botting goes on. Or they'll tell you to let CCP handle it instead.
In other words, every time a good, honest man does something good and honest, a carebear will tell him to do something else, somewhere else. If we listened to carebears, we wouldn't be able to take any action to fix a problem, because the carebear would deflect our good efforts in some other direction. Highsec could never be saved like that. This is one of the countless reasons why I often say it's better to shoot a carebear than talk to him.
The best response to a deflection attempt: focus. The New Order of Highsec focuses on saving highsec. That's it. First we will eradicate bot-aspirancy by achieving 100% Code-compliance in highsec. Only after we have total, final victory do we need to worry about what comes next. Our Agents have total focus and clarity of purpose.
Does that sound extreme? It shouldn't. Take, for example, the problem of a house on fire. While the fire rages, firefighters are absolutely focused on saving lives and extinguishing the fire. Meanwhile, the Anti-Gankers would be complaining about how the fire truck is blocking part of the road, water is dripping out of the fire hydrant, and firefighters are tracking dirt into the burning house. The carebear whines, "Stop putting out that fire. There are worse fires in some other country. Go over there."
The problem of bot-aspirancy threatens to consume highsec. Fear not--our brave Agents are on the job!