[Ansteorra] Peerage . . . (Was Squires, Spurs and belts, OH MY!)

L T ldeerslayer at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 25 22:47:59 PDT 2006


Lord Faelan,

I don't see how you can assume that in Ansteorra we judge a person's worth stricitly on the awards they have received. There are many who are respected as if they are Peers...who for one reason or another have not had what it takes to actually be acclaimed a Peer.

And, no offense meant, but, how do you judge whether a Peer is still deserving of their title when you are not the one who made them thus.

As a longtime SCA member and one who has been involved at all depths of the SCA...I have found that that is one judgement call I cannot make. I do not always agree with the decision of the Crown...but would never dare publically dispute it.

I learned long ago to give deferance to the "title" a person bears. That doesn't mean that you give them automatic respect, because respect can only be earned. 

I have also found that most people need to maintain a very shallow vision of others to maintain "respect"....once they know people to any depth they cannot maintain that camelotesque illusion...and therefore are heartbroken at the fall of their heroes from their pedestals...(yes I know I'm mixing allusions) And the heart break is the at the loss of the illusion. It doesn't really have anything to do with the person the illusion is about.

As a Peer...

I have found that it is incredibly hard to live up to my own ideals of what a Peer should be, much less those ideals of random members of the populace who haven't the depth or breadth of knowledge of the SCA to know what the "Job" of a "Peer" entails.

Sometimes I'm a good example of a Peer, sometimes I'm the bad example.

It depends upon the situation and the perspective of the observer.

There are times when I've appeared to be a "bad Peer" because I was doing my duty as a Peer to take the brunt of the situation so as to make sure that others could do their jobs effectively. Those who saw only the surface of the situation would believe one thing...those who knew the depth of the situation would know another.

Peerage looses it's value when:

people attempt use you for their own ends...
whether it is someone who wants the weight of your Peerage in their "fight"...
or when you are used as a pawn by the powers that be...
and when you get tired of being in the "Fish Bowl" all the time...
or tired of being a target...
and tired of having to discern every person's motives when they approach you...
when all you want to do at the moment is just relax and have a little fun...

cause we're all in this for fun aren't we?

That's the truth of why Peers leave the SCA...

and to be able to stay...you have to figure out how to have fun and concentrate on those things that are redeeming to you in the SCA while dealing with all of the BS above...as well as all the things in your personal life...jobs, kids, SO's, etc...

If you really are in the SCA for fun and that's it...
don't even start on the journey to be a peer...
don't even let it cross your mind...

cause there are lots of things you will have to do on your journey that are not fun...and there are lots of things you will have to do when you get there that are not fun...

In Service to the Reality,

Lorraine DeerSlayer
(insert alphabet soup here)



Faelan Caimbeul <faelancaimbeul at gmail.com> wrote: That's my point. There are many in this Kingdom of knightly bearing who are not knights. I think this is more defining than title. Unfortunately though, I have also found not just Knights, but other peers as well who are not as deserving of those titles anymore. It's sad, but some people work their tails off to get something, then seem to forget why they got it and it looses it's value. 
(snipped verbage)

Faelan



 		
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