[Ansteorra] Awards, peers, and stuff

Richard Morgan rmorgan at satx.rr.com
Mon Aug 26 18:09:39 PDT 2002

Well said milady,
You have realized an aspect of this and other organizations that few ever
see. That is the need for the experienced members to make room for new
members and their foibles and errors. If they never get to do they never
make mistakes , if they never make mistakes they never learn, and the
organization stagnates and dies. You can ask many of an old timer why they
are wandering around with there hands in their pockets and they will
probably tell you to keep them from taking over and fixing everything that
they see. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to watch.

Painfully perusing,
Sir Richard ap Morgan
also known as that old decrepit lurker that doesn't do anything anymore

snip> Well said, m'lord.
> I've been playing in the SCA for nine months now, and been privileged to
> meet Royal Peers, Peers and Nobles alike. And perhaps it is a particular
> curse of mine to try and see things from both perspectives, but... my two
> cents' worth is this - and please, correct me if I am wrong, misled or
> confused - I don't learn if I don't know.
> If the Peers, Knights, and Masters/Mistresses did all the work, how would
> any of us know what is required for running a local group, or an event, or
> even a guild? If we newcomers cannot delve into the 'dark side' of
> events/groups/arts and sciences, we can't properly appreciate all that
> great people coming before us have done! This isn't to say that these good
> gentles sit on their 'laurels' or hats... but perhaps it's more than being
> tired. Maybe they're watching to see which of us could become the next
> Knight, Laurel or Pelican. And maybe I'm just talking blindly.
> I don't work events or within my barony to gain an award - I don't have an
> AoA, nor am I looking for one. Granted, it would be nice to be recognized
> court for the hard work done, but I'm satisfied with a simple "Thank you,"
> or to know that I helped to make an event just that much more enjoyable
> someone. But that's not to say I (or anyone else who helps) don't aspire
> become a Peer.
> We can't even begin to hope to become a Peer if we don't have the
> opportunity to get our hands dirty, to learn and work alongside (or
> those whom we aspire to join. If the Peers do everything, then we miss
> We don't gain those opportunities that allow us to contribute to the
> well-being of Barony or event. And then, if they're doing everything, they
> miss out on some of the enjoyment of any event or baronial gathering.
> fair, is it?
> That being said... while I'm not excusing the Peers from continuing to
> contribute either, there may be more than the obvious reasons for slowing
> down that wasn't pointed out. Isn't fostering a future Peer an important
> contribution, when it is the Peers, Knights, Laurels and Pelicans who have
> made,and continue to make our Kingdom what it is?
> Hoping I've made some sense here,
> Elysia Katherine O'Malley
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