The problem is that too many people in EVE are risk averse and feel entitled.The quote comes from S.W. at Confessions of a Closet Carebear, and the context is the anger that ice miners being denied blue ice are displaying in a variety of fora over the GSF interdiction. It's a great quote, and it's true... as far as it goes. The only problem with it in my view is that it doesn't go nearly far enough.
Avoiding risk is something that virtually all EVE players share. When PvPers are denied "their" kills because the other side sees they cannot win, that's the most common risk adversity in EVE, of course. And it's rather amusing to note that the level of invective directed at such "cowards" often increases in inverse proportion to the likelihood that they could have won the fight. When two relatively evenly matched fleets almost meet, but one side chooses to avoid the engagement, you rarely hear them being dismissively and collectively called much more than a rude term for a part of the female anatomy. But if a single recon or nano-HAC slips through a large gate-camp without getting himself killed, the verbal rage can be entertaining. ;-)
Even Goons themselves are risk-averse in their own way. Turn-of-the-century anarchists had philosophical discussions about whether one anarchist could give orders to a second anarchist on what misdeeds should be carried out, or how they should be done. Goons skip the philosophy. Their gank-ship fittings and tactics are as regimented as anything chosen for large fleet combat.
But the more I think about it, the more I think a sense of entitlement is the one and only thing that every EVE player shares:
- ice miners feel entitled to mine as much of "their" ice as they like in peace;
- ore miners feel entitled to "their" belts and become angry if someone comes along and denies them "their" rocks somehow;
- site runners and those that live in wormholes become furious if someone runs "their" sites;
- incursion runners become angry if someone closes "their" incursions prematurely;
- high-sec corps rage if a war-dec prevents them from conducting "their" business in high-sec;
- players running the market get angry if someone comes along and tries to take over "their" market;
- PvPers and gankers rage if something -- even enlightened self-interest on the part of their enemy -- prevents them from getting kills;
- non-sov-holders in null become angry if someone moves into "their" pocket of NPC null;
- God help anyone who tries to push a sov-holder out of "their" space; and,
- all of us, and I do mean all of us, feel entitled to non-stop never-ending spaceships from CCP until the end of time. ;-)
PvPers will protest most loudly at being lumped into this camp, I suspect. But the most common term for being denied expected PvP is to be "blue-balled". This happens to be a colorful western euphemism for what occurs to the male anatomy when that male is denied expected sex... sex to which the man in question surely felt entitled to... ;-)
And the level of rage that EVE players can display when we are denied what we feel entitled to can be quite entertaining.
So, great quote! But it didn't go nearly far enough. ;-)