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Re: His Highness's New Clothes
Poster: Carol_O'Leary@ed.gov (Carol O'Leary)
Poster: Melisande (Carol_O'Leary@ed.gov)
Henry Best said:
>If the King stands up and announces that we will all go fight and die
>gloriously to defend our honor against people whose only sin is they
>reside in Florida, I'm all for that.
I take exception to that. My mother lives in Florida, and I would
take it ill if His Majesty were to take it into his royal head to take
up arms against my mother. If, however, he were to declare war on
TRIMARIS, I would support the war effort and buy war bonds.
Seriously for a moment, I think this discussion is missing a critical
distinction -- I think it is possible to correct an error (of fact,
not of opinion) without correcting the person who made the error.
(This is a variant of "Hate the sin, but love the sinner.") If some
crowned head or other makes an error of fact in a public forum, and a
well-meaning but misguided soul provides the correct information in
private, then only the crowned head has the correct information, and a
whole lot of people who saw the mistaken information in the public
forum never get the correction. This is compounded by the fact that
there are many people out there who seem to believe that winning a
crown tournament somehow renders one omniscient. Take it from someone
who's been sleeping with a duke for 15 years -- it's not true.
Courtesy is essential for everyone, in all directions. Anyone can be
courteous when speaking to the monarchs; it is the mark of someone
special to use courtesy when talking to a peasant.
I like to suggest that the best rule for courtesy in the SCA is to do
what would make your grandmother proud of you -- remember to say
"please" and "thank you;" hold the door for whoever is coming behind
you; offer a chair to a lady or an older person; be nice to people.
If eveyone would only do those things, the SCA (and the world in
general) would be a nicer place to live.
Melisande (Mistress Manners) de Belvoir
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