There is a plague among us. That plague is unseen, unheard, invisible, or nearly so. Teh plague has another anme, the IR effect. What is the IR effect? The IR effect is the slow contamination of one's personality with that of IR's personality, specifically IR's ego. Slowly, through years of exposure to IR's ego, I have developed ego problems of my own. You might think there are other causes such as a growing awreness of oneself, constant praise from outside sources or some other such thing; however, none of those are true. The only truth is that IR sheds his ego as a snake sheds it's skin. The difference is that unlike snake skin, which simply rots there, IR's excess ego attaches itself to other hosts, particularly those who have been exposed for long periods of time, such as myself. There is, as of yet, no cure for this affliction, but there is awareness. Awareness is important. I recommend that everyone in SPAM look back at some of their posts, maybe they will notice that they too are succumbing to this disease. Be aware. Stay on guard. The IR effect is real, and it is everywhere.