In a previous RL, I did something few people get to do – or can do. The details are not important to EVE. However, I learned some very important life lessons while engaged in the other RL. One very important lesson is this:
The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army. It is possible to impart instruction and to give commands in such a manner and such a tone of voice to inspire in the soldier no feeling but an intense desire to obey, while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey. The one mode or the other of dealing with subordinates springs from a corresponding spirit in the breast of the commander. He who feels the respect which is due to others cannot fail to inspire in them regard for himself, while he who feels, and hence manifests, disrespect toward others, especially his inferiors, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself.
Major General John M. Schofield
August 11, 1879
This is, IMO, one of the most important things ever said by an admired and respected leader. But, it is not the first half of the statement that is important. That is a simple statement of fact. Sun Tzu and Clausewitz understood it long before General Schofield spoke of it. This is a fact that all true leaders understand.
No, the really important part of the statement is in the middle. Let me provide emphasis for clarity’s sake. “The one mode or the other of dealing with subordinates springs from a corresponding spirit in the breast of the commander.” He goes on to explain how this corresponding spirit manifests itself. You can freely substitute inferior for subordinate. In this context, they mean the same thing. The repercussions are clear. I’ve seen it time and time again and not just in my previous RL endeavors.
You see, that one sentence encapsulates the genesis of all human interaction. It isn’t just a statement pertinent to those who lead soldiers in combat. It applies to the whole of human interaction because it describes the point from which those interactions begin: the manner in which they start; the tenor of their execution. It applies to the Army. It applies to the corporate boardroom. It applies to EVE.
What was all the hullabaloo about last summer if this isn’t true? Though few are so bold to mention it, CCP showed great disrespect toward their player base. Not because of the fact that Incarna happened. But because they completely ignored the player base that had told them for months it was wrong. Did the players show strong resentment? Did they, in essence, disobey? Oh, you betcha’ they did!
This applies to you too mister griefer. When you target a noob  and blow her away in a hopelessly lopsided engagement, you embody quintessential disrespect. It isn’t a learning point. It isn’t a PvP lesson. It isn’t any sort of concealing rationalization like that. Simply put, your idea of fun is ruining someone else’s fun, and as I’ve said before, that risks the future of EVE.
Knowing this, but more importantly that it is your choice to act this way, incites strong resentment in me. Disrespect of my person real or virtual means nothing to me. I know with certainty who I am and there is nothing in EVE or beyond that I can’t handle. But that other sort of disrespect, endangering EVE’s future, affects everyone. In essence, you flip us all off when you gank another noob because “EVE is hard” and they should “HTFU.”
Guess what, it’s easier for them to just leave. They have nothing invested in staying; you’ve seen to that. In this universe, all things take the easiest path, including humans. Loosing new players because of behavior you could easily control while still having fun, concerns me deeply. We need new players. EVE needs them. They are the future: not bitter vets, not pirates, not established industrialists and not you.
So look long and hard inside your own breast if you want to understand the labels applied to you. The answer is there. Your actions betray it at every turn. Everything you do springs from your inner spirit: every savored carebear tear; every ransom betrayed – even if you think this is only a game and it doesn’t really matter. It does matter to the future of EVE, or lack thereof. Think about that before you fire on another noob.
Fly careful – we’re watching. 
 – I am not a noob. Go ahead and shoot at me. A noob, IMO, is a player who is less than 6 months old and does not wish to participate in PvP. That said, if they shoot first, have at them. They started it.
 – It’s a conceit but prithee allow me to think others agree with my opinion.