[Ansteorra] Psychos and other Ogres
Jan Van Zandt
mysticmarks at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 22 13:57:36 PST 2005
Who defines who a 'psycho' is? The 'in' crowd? the angry mob? the
brass hat? the 'popular' folks?
Playing devil's advocate,
- Zubeydah Jamilla al-Badawiyya
That's an excellent question. Thank goodness there is but a small
handful of these 'psychos' out there in our Kingdom.
They can be identified by the years and years worth of problems they
have created for their local group. I'm not talking about spats or
minor personality conflicts that can be resolved. These are the
individuals who continually antagonize, gossip, manipulate others and
want to have everything their way - their actions can disrupt the
private and SCA lives of the people in the group. They make unfounded
complaints to the BoD if they can't get what they want from the
officers or Crown. When these people are,over the years, continually
the source of problems and gossip and they are the ones who harrass
others through email, call names, make accusations and keep trying to
encourage others in the group to go against the local, regional and
kingdom officers you can pretty much tag them as troublemakers.
I will step down as Southern Regional Seneschal in a few months when
my warrant expires. I have information from prior Regional Seneschals
as well as my detailed records and these records/letters,etc. will be
passed on to my successor so he or she will be aware of the depth of
the problems with these specific troublemakers. One of the situations
in our Society and one that these kinds of people take advantage of is
that the offices are changed on a fairly regular basis on all levels
as the warrants expire. This is the way things should be, but unless
the officers on all levels pass down all information, then there is a
good chance the next person who fills the office can be blind-sided
by the troublemakers. The troublemakers are always eternally innocent
and quite adept at convincing new ears that they are misunderstood and
mistreated. Then the problems will start up again or just continue on
and Populace of the local group will continue to suffer.
Yes, we need a way to deal with this small element in our Society and
hopefully by discussing it we can find a resolution. Considering that
over the years the troublemakers have not changed their ways, how many
chances do these people get?
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