"If you want a man to speak truly give him a mask." - Oscar Wilde.
Those new to the web may be puzzled by comments here from people with outrageous names, or "avatars," like K!. Actually, this is an ancient and honorable convention, going back to Publius, Citizen, and Martinus Scriblerus writing in the pamphleteering era in England, France, and America in the 1700's prior to the French and American Revolutions. On the Internet, as in a new public square, we (as David Weinberger says) "write ourselves into existence," both as individuals and as a community.
Something is awakening on the net - something that might enhearten Peter Karoff, author of "Sleepwalkers," cited in an earlier post. If you yourself as a Real Person in the Real World as currently constituted find yourself thinking thoughts that cannot be expressed in the decorum of "Wealth Planning," or "Philanthropy," or "Public Service," or if you feel from moment to moment as if you were about to kick up your heels and pantomime the Fool in the King's Court, you might find it liberating to adopt here in the comment sections a pose, a persona, a mask, an avatar. Please, if you do, use it to bear witness, to speak truly, if only in fable, parable, indirection, and art. And, try to create a persona with character - one that you would like to become some day, if you could. A better person than perhaps you dare to be. Use a valid email so I can get in touch with you. To get a free email with an alias, you might try, say, Yahoo Mail (at yahoo.com) or hotmail.com. I have nothing against the unimaginative folks who use the same workaday identity all day long, as long as you get permission from your immediate superior and send me the proof, just in case any misunderstanding should arise. Anything libelous, seditious, or dull will be deleted as I act in my improbable role as moderator.