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  • stephen higa
    Got this from our seneschalle... ... Qu er non es grazitz lunhs mestiers menhs en cort que de belh saber de trobar -- qu auzir e vezer hi vol hom mais captenhs
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11 5:26 PM
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      Got this from our seneschalle...
      Qu'er non es grazitz lunhs mestiers
      menhs en cort que de belh saber
      de trobar -- qu'auzir e vezer
      hi vol hom mais captenhs leugiers
      e critz mesclatz ab dezonor.

      --Guiraut Riquier, 1292

      From: "Aviva Goldmann" <goldmann@...>
      To: "Stephen Higa" <mitsuo@...>
      Subject: Fw: [sca-west] Re: Degrees of Authenticity
      Date: Sun, Feb 11, 2001, 5:05 PM

      -----Original Message-----
      From: John LaTorre <jlatorre@...>
      To: sca-west@yahoogroups.com <sca-west@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Sunday, February 11, 2001 12:11 PM
      Subject: [sca-west] Re: Degrees of Authenticity

      >Regarding the "Degrees of Authenticity" thread, Beatrice
      >> I guess I try to maintain a Medieval aesthetic as much as I can, but what
      >> that aesthetic is is informed both by my limited knowledge of what is and
      >> isn't actually medieval as well as by personal preference.
      >And Duke Cariadoc replied:
      >> While that is one possible answer, I think that for me there are two
      >> others that are important.
      >> 1. By maintaining a reasonably consistent medieval environment, we
      >> make it easier to feel, during an event, that we are actually
      >> medieval people at some indefinite time and place in the middle ages,
      >> to see the world through a different set of eyes.
      >> 2. By imposing an obligation on myself to try to do things in a
      >> period fashion, I give myself an incentive to engage in lots of
      >> interesting projects.
      >> All that being said, it is clear that there is also a larger SCA
      >> context--not just events but people's houses and friendships and
      >> sewing evenings and lots of other stuff--within which nobody makes
      >> any attempt to be consistently medieval, but there is a sort of vague
      >> medievalish aesthetic as one of the elements tying everything
      >> together. That is the level where SCA shades gradually into fandom.
      >His Grace has put it well. One of the attractions of the
      >SCA, for me, is that there is a blur from the re-enactment
      >mindset and the fandom mindset, with the possibility for
      >participants to choose, and change, their own particular
      >position along that spectrum. Ideally, the osmotic pressure
      >of our own curiosity will gradually suck us toward the
      >historical end of things (at least, that's how it has worked
      >out for me) but the pressure is a gentle one, and the
      >journey is the reward.
      >Your Grace, was it you who said "Never let the best be the
      >enemy of the good?" I came across that phrase some time ago
      >and can't attribute it, but it's been on my mind a lot these
      >days. I've interpreted it as follows:
      >When the quest for authenticity induces people to learn more
      >fully, make more accurately, and appreciate more deeply,
      >then it is a Good Thing.
      >When the quest for authenticity induces people to stop
      >learning, making, and appreciating because it imposes a
      >higher standard than they are willing to adopt, and deems
      >their efforts unworthy because the efforts fall short of
      >that standard, then it is a Bad Thing.
      >John LaTorre (Johann von Drachenfels)
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