Before I begin, I will make something clear: this is not (1) a "CC Is Dying" thread, (2) a drama thread, or (3) an accusation thread. I'm just bringing up this topic because of the mindset a lot of players seem to share and I need to clear it up.
It's about the Black Cat Kennel I won for the Halloween Short Stories and Poems contest. Several (unnamed) players now have come up to me in-game, through private messages here, or just on my wall telling me I don't deserve the black cat because "you're rich and other players might need it more." But this is so, so, so wrong and I am going to elaborate on why.
1st Point: I am not "rich". This is the first time I have ever had a Black Cat, and if I sell it, that will be the most cubits I have ever had at one time. Many people seem to think that when I found out I won, I just thought "Oh, another black cat. That's cool I guess, I'll just put it with my other 17 to collect dust in a room." No, I was incredibly excited when I found out I won. This is the first talent-based (aka non-raffle) event I have ever won, and it means a lot that my poem was in the top 5. I'm just as happy about winning this as most of you would be.
2nd Point: If Space had judged the contest not based on talent but based on "who is the poorest player and needs this cat most?", he would be an awful judge. This was not a pity contest, you didn't win by being broke, you won by writing a good story or poem. News flash for you: this world we live in looks for people with talent, not people who are at the bottom of the system. In any country that has a free economy, it's a ladder that anyone can climb. Now, the level of difficulty varies greatly from person to person, but anyone can climb said ladder.
However, all that aside, this is not real life. This is a video game. In real life, yes, I do believe in giving to the poor to help them get back onto their feet so they can start building their life up. But this is a game, and even if you have 0 cubits, you can still enjoy yourself. (I just made half of you angry by saying that.) You might not get to have all the shiny items, but you won't die of starvation or something like that.
3rd Point: Being rich is not a bad thing. If someone in Cubic Castles has a lot of cubits, it doesn't mean they just got all of them for free while you didn't and life is so unfair because that person is favored and you're not and so on, and on, and on. Geez. It means they worked for their cubits. They earned them. So many people also act like it's a sin to buy cubits or that it's cheating. Um, where do you think they got the money to buy them in the first place? Even if it's something like allowance money and they don't have to work a job, who cares? It's their money to spend, and if no one bought cubits, this game would cease to exist. I think in reality the people who complain about others buying cubits are the 13-year-olds whose parents don't allow them to buy cubits and therefore they are jealous.
The idea that money should be taken from the rich and given to the poor is wrong. That is where communism and other bad ideas come in. It's a utopia where life is fair for everyone, but utopia is really dystopia. If life were so fair for everyone that we were all the same, what would happen to the beauty in diversity? Talent would not be valued, and would therefore cease to exist.
So yeah, this is something that I feel more people need to hear. The contest was judged fairly and not incorrectly. If the "poor" people wanted that black cat so badly, they should have written better stories. And a talent for storywriting is not just something you "have", it's something you work to achieve. You research, you learn, you practice. You don't just complain when people who have obviously worked on theirs win when your "poem" didn't even rhyme once.
I'm not saying either that mine was the best story, far from it. That was the judge's opinion and I am in no way saying that I'm better than all of you. If you got that message from this entire thing I'm writing, go back and read it again.
Life is not fair. Nothing is fair. Fairness is a dream that will never become reality. Just work on improving yourself instead of looking at what other people get from life. You'll never be the same as them, you need to forge your own path and make your own mark.
I'm also really, really hoping this doesn't turn into a flame war and it gets closed. I just wanted to put this message out there. Keep your comments civil. Thanks.