FW: [sca-west] Re: Degrees of Authenticity
- 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
From: John LaTorre <jlatorre@...>
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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)