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Re: Golden Dolphin Purpose

Poster: Michael and MJ Houghton <herveus@access.digex.net>

> Poster: Heather Swann <swannh@psi.com>
> >Salaam Ya'll!!
> >
> >Heather Swann wrote:
> >> 
> ><SNIP>
> >> It appears to mean (and I say this from sitting through the meetings) that
> >> local service counts too....it's hard to say.  Heck, I've a Dolphin and
> >> I've no real clue on this.  I wish each order would hammer out some
> >> guidelines for this stuff- it really does get confusing.
> >> 
> >> Miri
> >
> >Ack!  No guidelines, please.  I like the way that the orders are
> >described now.  Many people fit into those categoiries.  If we start
> >"hammering out guidelines", we begin to exclude a portion of the
> >populace that just doesn't quite fit into the pigeon holes we then
> >create.
> I don't want to pigeonhole people, but right now, there are no clues as to
> what one should be looking for.  As a Dolphin, I have no clue what
> constitutes the sort of stuff to nominate someone for a Dolphin vs a Pearl.
>  Is teaching a service, or is it Pearl stuff?  And so on...is travel
> important, or just local work?  Or both?

Teaching can be either. If you are not sure, recommend that both orders look
at the person. One would hope that at least one of the orders would take
the recommendation to heart. As to travel, just travelling to events is not
necessarily meaningful. Going various places and _doing_ "stuff" is the key.
The nature of the "stuff" then steers the recommendation to the appropriate

On teaching, sharing your art or science through teaching is, I think, a core
value one expects of Pearls. Teaching, in general, is also service. 

> >
> >I like the fact the the Orders of Merit in our kingdom can be widely and
> >even wildly interpreted.  If we started paying attention to stringent
> >guidelines, then perhaps the Order of the Golden Dolphin might only be
> >for service at the kingdom level, although we all know that dedicated
> >service at the local level can quite effectively enrich the entire
> >kingdom.
> I'm not saying stringent guidelines here...I'm saying a general clue would
> be helpful, and no one seems to have it.  I'd like to be a conscientious
> goldfish, but there is no general guide as far as I can tell, having asked
> several other fish, as to what would be more of a Pearl thing and what
> would be more of a Fish thing.  It's all well and good if you're writing to
> Their Majesties, but if you want to write to the head of the correct order,
> what do you do?  Write everybody?  Sheesh!

Well, it is safer to write to a couple too many than too few.

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