Event Ideals (fighting)
keandbc at ix.netcom.com
Tue Jul 11 22:57:48 PDT 1995
>>Once again we get into the "are we fighting for us or the crowd"
>I have always understood that the fighters are not fighting for
>themselves. That they were fighting for the honor and glory of the
>person(s) whose favor they carry (which in all likelihood are part of
The fact that I fight for my Lady's honor ( She fights for mine too)
does not mean that I don't hold my own honor in esteem.
To flip it around a bit, do you dance for your own enjoyment or someone
else's? I'm guessing that the answer is "Both."
That it was not important whether they won or lost, as
>long as it was a chivalrous encounter. At least, that was the spiel
I realy enjoy losing a good hard fight, but I enjoy winning a little
>>When a person enters the list, most times he/she is entering to win
>>list. Thats what it is all about.
>I acknowledge that this is the reality. But I find it annoying that
>fighters *say* one thing and *act* another. It goes against the
>philosophy that I encountered (see above). If it's true, why bother
Farce? When did we all get so cynical?
of favors and finding inspiration to fight from the person who
>gave you a favor?
I love my lady, Alisha. Because I love her, and for her honor, I gave
her a crown. I could not have done that without "winning". I also won
that crown for myself to prove to myself that I could. Is there some
reason that a person can't do something for more than one reason? Are
my two reasons mutually exclusive?
>Just say "I fight cause I like it."
And why do you dance?
>>Go to an event like Lyonesse.
>While I would like to, circumstances just have never allowed it
>>You love to dance, and teach dance, you are good at it. But I can
>>tell you that not everyone is excited by watching it.
>Thank you. But I don't *expect* everyone to watch it. (In fact, if
>people are going to sit around & talk over the music while
>watching, I'd *much* rather they went far away from the dancing.) On
>other hand, to me it seems the *fighters* *expect* everyone (or close
>it) to watch the fighting. God forbid anything else be scheduled
Let's flip it. You sponsor a dance in the heat of the day on the list
field, and I'll sponsor a tourney by torchlight after the feast. OK?
Seriously. The SCA may be a little weighted towards heavy combat. It
probably will be as long as we choose our crowns the way we do. Please
don't change that, though. I like it a lot. I don't have any problem
with you staying in the shade of your camp or the feast hall or
wherever, during the tourney. I understand completely that some people
find fighting boring. I am a great believer in individual freedoms. I
will fight to the death to save your right to think that fighting is
mka Keith Ewing
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