|Not a cwoard.|
In case there are still some of my readers who don't know me personally and still do not know: "Jack Camwell" is a pen name. "Jack" after my son, and "Camwell" as a combination of my two favorite authors Albert Camus and George Orwell. So what?
The ability to remain anonymous is important in a democratic society. There is a reason that our votes for elected officials are kept anonymous: it frees us from intimidation. Humans, being what they are, tend to become upset when they are confronted by others with ideas that oppose their own worldviews. And so, humans tend to ridicule one another or attack their character simply because they disagree. For this reason, many people stay silent for fear of being persecuted for their believes.
Anonymity assures that all opinions can be freely expressed without fear of reprisal. Remaining anonymous is everyone's choice, and in a free society, that choice should be respected.
I use a pseudonym for several reasons. First and foremost is because the internet is full of sociopaths, and I don't want to broadcast my identity to would-be assailants who don't like my views. It's not that I live in fear--because I don't--but I have children, and I want them to be safe.
What difference does it make if my real name is known or not? How does that diminish my message? It doesn't. The message means more than the messenger. Whether or not my readers know my real name makes no difference, because all I wish is to spread truth and inspire others to seek out truth.
Does Nineteen Eighty Four hold less importance simply because "George Orwell" is printed on the cover instead of "Eric Blair?" Is Huckleberry Finn less of a classic because Samuel Langhorne Clemens decided to call himself "Mark Twain?"
I do not presume to compare myself to these men, but choosing to remain anonymous is an author's right. Those of my readers who know me personally know that I am no coward. I speak my mind to whomever I meet should they ask me what I think (and sometimes even when they don't ask for it). And if choosing to use a pen name makes me a coward, then I can safely say that I stand among proud company.
I am just a servant of the people. My real name is inconsequential, because I'm not doing this for recognition or fame. I do it because it's the right thing to do, and successfully inspiring others to live free and seek truth is a reward in itself.