Hello. My name is Trent Demarest, as you may or may not already know. You may have been wondering why I have been writing with a pseudonym, or you have just started to wonder. Whatever the case may be, it is the purpose of this post to explain my reasons.
I had a Facebook account for a very long time, but I decided to get rid of it in…2011 I think it was? Anyway, I didn’t like how much time I was spending online, and I didn’t like how Facebook seemed to exacerbate my temper. I found myself saying things to people that I would not ordinarily say to anyone — complete strangers, friends, acquaintances, it didn’t matter.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because I’ve definitely fallen into the same bad habits since starting a new Facebook account a lá Sven st-Claire. I wish that I could assure you that those days are over, but I cannot — the Old Adam is strong in me. All I can tell you is that I will try to curb my sharp tongue, think, and — if need be — pray before hitting “Submit” on my comments. (It’s harder to pray before hitting “Enter”, though — thanks, Facebook, for making it easier for all of us to be asses.) If you have been the victim of my spiteful words, I ask for your forgiveness.
So, why write with a pseudonym? The reason is simple: I don’t want friends from high school and college, other friends, random chums I’ve met elsewhere, etc., to connect with me on Facebook. I don’t want a Facebook search for “Trent Demarest” to turn up my profile. I’m not on Facebook for Facebook friendship. I’m on it to discuss and debate Lutheran theology. I’m not judging you if you use Facebook more conventionally. I just don’t really like it — again, largely because of my own bad habits. I don’t really like looking at pictures of people I don’t know, or even people that I do know, without them actually showing me the pictures personally. It makes me feel creepy. Perhaps you think this is weird — sorry! I am indeed weird; you will get no argument from me on that.
I understand if you suspect ulterior motives on my part. Maybe you think I just like to sling invective from behind a fake name. I won’t pretend that this wasn’t partially the case — I am, after all, a poor miserable sinner. But since it’s better to confess AND be exposed, just know that this was never my sole motive. Whatever I sling from now on, I will sling as Trent Demarest/Sven st-Claire.
Please feel free to address me as either Sven or Trent (or “a papist twice over who crucifies or murders Christ”, or “a real masterpiece of the devil’s art” or anything from this wonderful randomized list) in any subsequent online discussions that happen here, or on Facebook, or elsewhere. If you know me personally and want to call me Sven in real life, I guess I’m fine with that, but I’ll feel a little weird.
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