> Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:11:19 -0500
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> Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Proposed Peerage for Masters of Defense
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> On 12/4/2014 6:05 PM, Steven Boyd wrote:
> > Whether there should be three peerages, with or without recognition
> > of "ancillary martial arts", or four peerages with the fourth
> > including all three of those activities is a reasonable question to
> > discuss. The current proposal condemns the Society to another decade
> > arguing what is worth a peerage.
> My thinking of our structure for Peerages is relatively unchanged -
> and has been this way for a very long time.
> Someone forwarded a Facebook post to me, that has added to that
> opinion. (I hate Facebook.)
> I prefer to have a "framework" as a way of thinking about things,
> and for me the Peerages are a simple framework for rewarding the
> best of what makes this organization tick.
> Pelican: is for doing service and infrastructure work for the SCA.
> Laurel: is for doing what the SCA does, training and teaching.
> Chivalry: are the ur-Peerage, and are "sports heroes".
> While, on paper, the Chivalry are just an award for being
> excellent at knocking bodies with sticks, in practice the
> Chivalry are the inspiration and source for everything we
> have ever come to be as an organization and the men and
> women in it take that inspirational role very seriously.
> You don't get a Peerage for being just "good at something".
> You get it for helping the organization be, and grow, and
> remain true to itself.
> In some places within the Society (maybe not yet Calontir,
> but certainly in some), it may be time for the Chivalry to
> be PERMITTED and ENCOURAGED to add martially inspirational
> people to their Peerage who do not perform their art with
> This would have the benefit of leaving the core framework
> alone, while slowly encouraging rapier to integrate more
> fully into what exists. I am not a member of the Chivalry,
> but I think if faced with that possibility/opportunity,
> and if made aware how it could heal the discord that exists,
> I think they'd slowly consider it.
> I think the Board should remove the Corpora language that
> prevents the Chivalry from accepting qualified C&T or
> rapier practitioners, and then it should strongly encourage
> the Chivalry (and the other orders, as appropriate) to act.
> And wait.
> If, in a few years or so, the Chivalry (and other Peerages)
> haven't worked to heal the rift, perhaps then it is time
> for the Board to upset the applecart.
> Right now (if the 2010 Census means anything), most people
> don't want changes, but those that answered the rapier
> question positively, mostly wanted to use existing Peerages.
> Why don't we do what people wanted?
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