[Bards] college versus community

Michael Silverhands silverhands at sbcglobal.net
Tue Oct 31 14:27:45 PST 2006

On Oct 31, 2006, at 4:17 PM, Alden Drake wrote:

> In the discussion between Michael and Robin about a college versus  
> a community, I'd offer up the difference that I see.
> We have a community, albeit a bit scattered and unfocused at  
> present.  The concept of a college is to give the members of our  
> community a focal point and framework to build on.  By comparison,  
> you can tell a construction company to build a house, or you can  
> give them some blueprints and say build *this* house.  The  
> blueprints will outline the structure, but leave lots of room for  
> some modifications and personal preferences, but the workers at  
> least have a similar plan in mind to start with.
> Our concept of a college should be similar.  It should give us a  
> common environment to come together to learn and grow as bards, but  
> leave enough flexibility for each of us to find our own interests/ 
> path in the bardic community.
> Alden

I actually disagree with the analogy.

We're not talking about giving the bardic community a blueprint for  
how to be a bard, or how to conduct bardic activities. At least, I  
don't *think* we are. If we are, then I would strongly object to such  
an idea.

I think it's more like talking about a fraternity. I'm hearing the  
theory that we might feel like a more close-knit community if we  
could say "Hail, sister, and well-met" when we met another member of  
the college. But that's where I get hung up: we can do that today,  
when we meet another *bard*. (You are one if you say you're one.) You  
don't need a college to achieve that. You don't even need "gang  
colors" (a blue favor or whatever), although it arguably makes it  
easier to pick one of us out of a crowd.


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