On Tuesday 18 October 2005 11:01, Sydney Walker Freedman wrote:
> TV? What's that? (just kidding!) I find the majority of what is on TV
> uninteresting and/or immoral, and since I'm a music major, turning on
> American Idol is one of the best ways to get me out of the house. :)
I've never even watched the show. I know what it's about from seeing previews,
and it holds no interest for me. Most "stars" are now manufactured based on
marketing analysis by the media companies; they see a performer and say, "This
person will reach the affluent 18~25-year-old demographic. Let's get the
PR machine rolling and make them famous." To me, American Idol is just a new
way of researching the market demographics. Blech.
> I honestly don't remember the last time I watched television (this doesn't
> include the movies I've watched in my college classes). anyway, the point
> of all of that was to illustrate just how "abnormal" i am, especially
> compared with your coworker. :)
I watch occasionally, but it's the lowest-priority activity in my life. There
is not a single show on TV that will cause me to rearrange my schedule of
other things. I enjoy Law and Order, and The Daily Show, and a couple of others,
but if I've got something better to do, they are entirely forgotten with no
regrets. I love movies, but my lady wife (Milica of Varna, who is also on this
list) is an A-V librarian in mundania, and brings home lots of good stuff!
(In fact, one of the things I adore about her is that she broadens my mind by
bringing home films I've never heard of and talking me into watching them.)
> So, if we take this analogy to its logical conclusion, the SCA is a cult.
> :) You've just told a very conventional Lutheran that she is now a member
> of a cult. :) *gasp*
We have been called that on more than one occasion. People learn that there
are Pagans in the SCA and assume that means the SCA is a "Pagan cult". They
never seem to wonder whether the fact that we also have Catholics makes it
a Catholic cult, or our Jewish members make it a Jewish cult, or our
fundamentalist Protestant members make it an Evangelical Christian Cult.
The fact of the matter is, the SCA is a secular organization. We study the
religions of the Middle Ages in an historical context, but we don't recreate
any single religion -- Pagan, Christian, or other. Members are free to believe
as they wish, and to practice their own faith (or choose not to do so) as
private individuals, according to their own conscience. No one is allowed to
make a ceremony or ritual of *any* religion an official part of an SCA event,
or to compel others to participate. For example, you can say Grace with your
family at an SCA feast if you wish, but you can't stand up and lead the whole
room in prayer.
Interestingly enough, the SCA is just full of people from many religious
faiths, and somehow we all learn to respect one another's differences and just
get along. If only we could export that to the rest of the world.
But we are still labeled a cult from time to time, so your humorous analogy
is actually fairly accurate. :-)
> I'm currently at the point in life wher I have many goals and am looking
> at a larger picture (of course not literally, especially in my case :) ),
> and I hope that I will never get stuck in a rut.
I was getting that way. The SCA helped break me out of it, as did community
theatre, and most of all, my discovery of a wonderful lady who became my
wife. The kindest wish I can give to anyone is to find a life partner who
will still challenge and intellectually engage you after a dozen years
> By the way, by doing your job as a computer programmer, you are
> helping a large number of people. If it weren't for people like you,
> I wouldn't even be able to use a computer. (For those of you who are
> new to the list, I'm blind and use special screen reading programs.)
Thank you for the kind words. Most of what programmers do has no such noble
purpose. I have, in recent years, become a contributor to the Open Source
software movement, which allows me to use my talents to create programs that
can be freely used by anyone in the world. That feels very good, and it's
great to get an email from someone saying my software helped them do something
> Now you have my lame jokes to counteract that. Sorry; this is what
> happens when I get bored.
I wouldn't call your post "lame" at all, but rather insightful.
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