Since joining SCA and regularly attending events, I have felt that
attending 'Court' is an essential community function. It matters
not if I am receiving an award or recognition. It matters not if I
even understand that basis for many awards. Support of others, and
appreciation of their efforts, is always an essential communal
function -- a price of membership in lodge, service club or selected
church -- certainly for SCA. Call it charity -- every major
religion recognizes its essential function, and it is certainly a
medieval attribute. Yet, it is forgotten that part of charity is
the ability to receive. Our esteemed 'chivalry' contains this
element, and must, since it is founded, not in European tradition,
but in a combination of Islamic tradition and Germanic discipline
forged during the Crusades.
Yes, some people seem to receive many awards while contributing no
more than others who pass un-noticed. I have seen people receive an
Award of Arms at their first event! I have found that some members
leave the group because of recognition and publicity, even though
all activity was SCA related -- such is life. None of this is cause
for NOT participating and supporting reward functions. Recognition
of activities in the mundane world is inappropriate -- I don't want
to know about your job promotion, kid's SAT score, or the reason why
you bought a snow mobile. However, I can accept that there
are 'borderline' issues concerning 'SCA like' activities. Perhaps a
Website can be created so that recognition can be posted by anyone,
and perused by that member for whom this holds interest. Whether it
should be a matter for 'Court' is another matter, either with
consent or without. Naturally, any member can create their own SCA
site, or personal profile for a Group, and post anything that turns
Yet, FOREBEARANCE is one of the knightly virtues -- something poorly
taught in our Western culture. I am surprised by the comments about
anger, frustration and discontent about somewhat trivial issues.
Vengeance, bigotry, animosity and rancor are an unfortunate part of
the mundane world. Please leave them there when you come to SCA.
An ancient wisdom postured, "If you sit by the river long enough,
you will see the bodies of your enemies float by." But it is also
said, "If you dream in the garden long enough, you will see flowers
bloom and cares blown away by fairie wings."
I may meet you on the lists and ask about how you acquired your
skills, and thereby open a flood gate of accolades and experiences,
SCA and mundane. But 'Court'?