[Bards] (Bards) An Important Side Item
barrett1 at cox.net
Wed Nov 8 11:34:55 PST 2006
"My first image is a group of people who get together to talk. Things
grow out of these meetings that nobody planned. I don't know what they
be. I want to go around talking to people about what they need. How
responsibly make a more specific proposal if I haven't done that yet?
That's a serious question. As near as I can tell, you, Alden and
are upset with me because:
a. You're afraid it will be too exclusionary, and
b. I don't want to give final answers without talking to more people.
C'mon, guys, it can't be both. "
~Robin of Gilwell
Let me clarify something that can be read by everyone on this list.
I am NOT upset with you Robin. Your passion for the bardic community is
blindingly hot, and I admire it, I wanna jump in, gotta do more, gotta
I am afraid it (the College) will become exclusionary, not that it will
begin that way (my opinion here, folks). I also wasn't wanting "final
answers" but I certainly needed a starting point, something with a
little definition that can then be added to, taken from or destroyed
completely in lieu of a new concept. From where I sit it looks like you
are concerned about the perception of exclusivity yourself, but this
caution has led to a series of fuzzy comments and unclear suggestions,
even in how to approach others with the idea.
You are becoming clearer, and I see no issue with you stating what you
envision. It will remain your vision, whether some share it or not.
It's a starting place I wanted, not a final answer.
As for your thinking I'm upset, not at all. Some of your comments
struck me as snideful and dismissive, but I'm no Care Bear, either. If
I was upset, I wouldn't have involved myself in this at all.
Here's a little reminder for you, Robin. You are the man from Gilwell,
a Lion, a forger of the rapier community, a double peer, a baron and a
legendary bard. I don't think you realize just how powerful your
disregard can be. It's a terrifying thing (for me) to disagree with you
on any topic, but I feel very strongly that there are some fundamental
issues with a Kingdom-wide College and I can't in good conscience let
I think a College is essentially flawed by it's nature, but I don't
dislike you for supporting it.
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