[Ansteorra] Why aren't we doing this?

HerrDetlef herrdetlef at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 16:02:44 PDT 2010

Your Excellency, I want to thank you for putting into words what I was

Only it's not a Dream to me. I'm always very wide awake. The Current Middle
Ages are very much a reality to me, something I aspire to when I'm at an
event and manage to achieve with varying degrees of success from time to
time. When I get to an event site--at least, after I sign the gate sheet--I
am no longer Ric. I am Detlef. That's what I strive for.


On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 6:30 AM, Jay Rudin <rudin at peoplepc.com> wrote:

> There are moments when it can become real --
> a late-night bardic circle,
> a moving speech by the King,
> watching a tourney,
> a moving ceremony.
> All such moments can be broken with the intrusion of something modern.  The
> bardic circle stops being real when somebody performs the Beatles.
> The speech stops being real if the King mentions his computer.
> The tourney stops being real when we start talking about the latest movie.
> And the ceremony stops being real when the flash goes off.
> In all cases, the medieval world we are creating breaks down, and we are
> suddenly thrown back into the 21st century.  It's like saying "It's only a
> model," when the knights approach Camelot.  Suddenly the great shining
> castle on the hill ceases to be a beacon of chivalry and honor.  On second
> thought, let's not go to Camelot -- it is a silly place."
> Of course, this only matters to those people who were caught up in the
> dream at that moment.  If the bardic circle is just late night fun
> entertainment, why not do a fun modern song?
> If the speech is just a spirit rally, why not mention the modern items?
> If the tourney is just hitting people with sticks, the movie isn't a
> problem.
> And if the ceremony is just a congratulations for working hard, then the
> flash pictures are great souvenirs.
> Everybody has times when they are just playing, and most of us have times
> when it's real.  As Count Jan once said, "You can play the dream, or you can
> play the club, or you can play the joke.  And we all do all three.  The real
> arguments aren't between the people who always play the dream and people who
> always play the joke, but between people playing the dream right now vs.
> people playing the club right now (or dream / joke or club / joke).
> The people taking pictures are playing the club right now.  The people
> caught up in the ceremony are playing the dream right now.  They will not
> agree about the best thing to do, because they aren't playing the same game.
> Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
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