If there was no S.C.A.
elyh at wcc.net
Fri Feb 28 07:54:12 PST 1997
I for one know that the world is full of other organizations who do
similar things. Yes, if the SCA were not around, I could still fill the
gap. But, It's rare to find the many smaller hobbies combined into one
single club. It's an archery club, a martial arts club, a camping club,
a cooking club, a sewing club, an embroidery club, a dancing club, a
research club, a historical re-creation club..... all in one. If I
decide tommorrow that I never want to hold a rapier again, and I only
want to sing songs.....I don't have to leave one club and join another.
I don't lose contact with all my fencing friends. If the SCA didn't
exist, I would take taikwondo more seriously, be more involved in the
drama departement at my university, find a sewing circle, and do my own
private research. Yeah, I could do all the stuff I'm interrested in,
but I don't think I'd be this happy with my life. I'd be really lonely.
Just my thoughts on it,
Casey Weed wrote:
> Dieterich Hier,
> Just an addendum to what has already been said about what our
> members would do if the S.C.A. dissappeared tommorrow...
> I think many of you are under the impression that the S.C.A. is the
> only medievally oriented history group out there or that the others are
> somehow 'inferior'. Although it is true that the fantasy groups by far
> outnumber them, there are a healthy number of clubs that somewhat parallel
> ours. These include the Order of Saynte George, the Live Steel Society,
> Legio IX, and a number of organizations that specialize in later period
> research. Outside the role-playing end of the spectrum but just as
> fascinating are groups such as the Richard III Society that are dedicated
> more towards research.
> Not to bash our club, mind you, but ALL of the organizations above
> have much higher standards concerning historical accuracy and some of them
> are actually credited with significant advancements in our knowledge of
> history. The idea of research through 'living-history' is neither new nor
> exclusive and it's an area we seem to be lacking in. But I digress...
> The three things I most love about our club are: learning about man
> after Rome and before the gun reigns supreme on the field, playing the part
> of someone in history, as well as the martial experience of fighing by our
> rules. Their Excellencies Galen and Bors have already touched on the
> fighting- any dojo can help you fill that gap, complete with a code of
> honor, a rank structure, and sense of 'fair play'. The other two elements
> can be supported in any of the groups I mention above. Other outlets that I
> have noticed are common attractors to scadians are the theatre (to satisfy
> the love of roleplaying), role playing games (they dont appeal to *me* but
> some find that they give an adequate outlet), pursuit of degrees in related
> areas (I know an armorer who has a PHD in Metallurgy), and avid
> participation in the world of art (Dieterich tips his hat to Mistress
> I guess my point is this: if the S.C.A. dissappeared tommorrow, I
> know I have PLENTY of outlets for all the aspects of it that I enjoy. The
> idea that "the S.C.A. could be 'taken away'" is absolutely ludicrous to me-
> how do you 'take away' someones interests? If, after the S.C.A. somehow
> dissolved, you lost interest in history, athletics, art, role-playing,
> sewing, etc. I say that you were never really in it in the first place and
> lose nothing.
> As a parting shot, I'd like to make a challenge...
> I would like to hear/read as many of you as possible, in your own
> words, define the S.C.A. as it should be found in an encyclopedia.
> I would also like to hear/read your 'mission statement' for the
> S.C.A.. In other words, in one sentence describe our goal.
> Giving you yet another headache,
> Dieterich Kempernich von Eltz
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