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Tim

‘The time has come,’ the walrus said, ‘to talk of many things: of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings.’

Lewis Carroll (January 27, 1832 – January 14, 1898)

There are always a great many things that could be said, should be said and in order for those things to have any effect you need two things;
Someone to step up and say them and an audience to listen.

The onus, naturally, is on the speaker to make their point, back it up and convince the audience to accept and believe or, at the very least, to think for themselves and come to their own informed conclusion.

I first came to the online version of the modern vampire sub-culture in perhaps late 2001 to early 2002. This was shortly after discovering that there were a great number of people who identified as “real modern living vampires”, for wont of a better term. I landed in a place of startling and strong characters, of passionate people and of “dark” demeanor. At this time I had been aware of my own nature for around twenty years, give or take a few months, as I had been aware that I was “different”, a person in the wrong place at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons, since I was eight.
At first I was happy to have found, online, so many others to accept me in the way I had been accepted by an offline vampire group I had been in twenty years earlier. I found Lady Sphynxcat VP’s support pages, I found the late, great, Lady Sangi’s pages. Suddenly, it seemed, pieces were beginning to fall into place and the “differences” I felt seemed to be justified.

I was honoured to have, over the course of the four years, or so, between 2002 and 2006 three distinct mentors, each of whom taught me important aspects of the situation of the “online” sub-culture. At the conclusion of that time period I had a firmly developed and strongly held conviction about the nature of modern real vampires and about my own direction in this dazzling, dizzying cyber land. I made my decision to help, to help those who needed it the most and to help those who were being shunned and cast aside for no good reason. These thoughts, and this conviction, grew over the next few years and I offered my help, my advice, my research skills and friendship to people who proved themselves to be genuine.

I have always maintained that if my work helped just one person become a better person or member of the modern sub-culture, or even just made a general improvement in some part of their own life then my work; all of the research, the writing, the presentations and discussions, the groups I have convened since 2004, the groups I have participated in, the studies I have made and the knowledge and expertise I have gained through thousands of hours of hard work over the last thirteen to fourteen years, has been well worth doing.

I have been Chief Editor and Senior Staff Writer for the RVL E-Zine since being invited to assume these roles by John Reason, which has been around five years. I have always sought, as far as [sic] humanly possible, to remain neutral, to remain an observer and to treat with all equally – even though the same has not always been returned at every turn.
One of my most deeply held beliefs about the whole thing is that the formation, the nature, and the machinations of one organisation are seeking to lead the entire modern living vampire movement along a path that will lead to people being put in harm’s way and I will not allow that to happen to myself nor to my family. When an organisation; any organisation, decides that it has some self-awarded mandate to proceed in what they only see as the best interests of a larger population… well, I think we can all cite historical, and disastrous, examples of that. For four years now I have watched the twists and turns that have unfolded since a statement beginning, “Change is coming, however, if it is going to be on OUR terms…” was made on the 23rd of September; the events that have unfolded bear an uncanny similarity to a discussion I held with a well-known person in the so-called “community” going back to August of that year. Coincidence? After 14 years in the OVC I don’t believe in coincidence.

Now, in 2016, having spent these last years trying to help build positive and solid foundations in assisting others, having aligned with many good people who have been trying to achieve good things, after watching some of the worst examples of human-vampire kind be elevated to positions where they consider themselves irreproachable, having watched profiteering, betrayals, acts of cruelty and sedition that, over the last several years, have reached depressingly vast proportions I have come to the conclusion that I have nothing more to contribute. I alluded to some of these things in the inaugural Crossroads 2016 so I don’t think there will be too many who will not be able to understand where I’m coming from.

Copyright T 2016

Copyright T 2016

I have made many wonderful friends, close confidantes and met some awesome people during the last several years and it is those people I wish to maintain my contact with now. I have much that I want to achieve and I have much to keep me occupied.

Does this mean I am going to stop being a “real human living vampire”? HAH…! Go ask a mountain to stop being a mountain, you’ll achieve more. I have been a “real modern day vampire” for almost 36 years that I have been fully aware of and, most probably well before that given the thoughts I experienced from as early as 8 years old.

I CAN’T stop being what I am, and nor would I want to but the fact is I have come to the inescapable conclusion that the Vampire is meant to be solitary, for our own safety. We’re not meant to gather in “clubs”, “councils”, “Houses” or any other sort of thing like that… this is NOT some strangely twisted LARP version of Underworld, much as that will disappoint many.

No, dear reader, the fire hasn’t gone out, the truth of the matter is that the modern Vampyre sub-culture, especially in its online incarnation is not worth fighting for any longer.

As a social entity, to quote the local pundits around where I live, “it is what it is.” Perhaps this is something I should have come to realise sooner but there burns, within a person, a fire to see certain things in a better light than they actually are. Perhaps, if I have made a grave mistake along the way, that is it.

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Img. Source – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005) –
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I have made the decision that I will no longer align myself with any organisation, group, “House”, “Order” or “Family” – What can I say, call me Ronin…!

I will be stepping down as the Editor in Chief and Senior Staff Writer for The RVL E-Zine and doing things that I wish to engage in from now on. I would like to personally thank all the readers of The RVL E-Zine for their support and patronage over the years and I really, really do hope that I have been able to help at least one person along the way.

Respectfully, as always,
T

Putting the bite back…

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Tim

Over the course of the last two decades we have been delivered non-fiction literature on the subject of vampyrism, the great bulk of it studying and re-studying the archetypes and the legends that gave birth to the vampire aesthetic that we know so well today.

We have read works by people who are part of the sub-culture and by academic sources outside the sub-culture. Each read takes us on a path that reflects, more than anything, the opinions and assertions that the author wishes to impart. The veracity of such works can’t be in doubt because they are, all-in-all, interpretations of observation and, in many cases, experience and accounts by people who claim to be members of the sub-culture.

Have any of these works provided a singular, and definitive, account of the REALITY of modern vampyres?

Books such as the 1996 “Vampires: The Occult Truth” by Konstantinos which, “explores the folklore surrounding the blood-drinking vampire and, more importantly, exposes the threat of 20th century vampires which feed on psychic energy.

Or the 1997 volume, “Liquid Dreams of Vampires” by Martin V. Riccardo, which, “descends into the murky shadows of the subconscious to present dreams, nightmares and fantasies that reveal the true power of the vampire’s image,” and incorporates, “the mythic connections between sex and death, and their links to sleep and dreams. This study is drawn from the result of a five-year survey into people’s dreams and fantasies about vampires.”
And on to the 2009 book, “Allure of the Vampire: Our Sexual Attraction to the Undead” by Corvis Nocturnum , wherein we, “join occult author Corvis Nocturnum as he reveals the fascinating evolution of this icon as it has lured and enticed us in folklore, film and books from the days of ancient civilization to the living breathing inhabitants of our modern subculture…

We have, just this past week (14th) – just in time for Valentine’s Day no less, been presented with the newest publication about the reality of vampirism and vampires today. A book written about vampyres, for vampires, by real vampyres. Back on October 1st, 2015 we previewed the development of a book entitled “Blood’s Truth“, a book authored for real vampires by Lady Julia Darkrose and Ludavik Valentine.

Bloods_Truth_CoverWe were honoured to be able to preview the work in an interview on October 1st last year and we are equally honoured to be able to share a little time with the authors at this time, at the time of the realisation of the dream.

Please welcome Lady Julia DarkRose and Ludavik Valentine.

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RVL: Good evening Lady Julia, Ludavik, how are you this evening?
Lady J: I’m laughing at the mere thought of being alive! I’m fantastic! Thank you.
LV: Ditto.

RVL: I suppose that the first question about any venture of this nature is, inevitably, what inspired you to write the book “Blood’s Truth”?
Lady J: I’ve had in the works, for a few years now, a book about the creation of the vampire sub-culture as well as what it means, for me, to be borne a living human vampire. So, after Ludavik and I became a couple, we would laugh a lot about all the misinformation floating around in the vampire community regarding living vampirism, we decided that it was time to write a book for living vampires and the mundane world, about living vampirism, it’s factual historical origins, the subsequent creation of and the current state of, the vampire community.
LV: Yep, it just seemed like the perfect time to create this book of much needed information.

RVL: …and the book itself, is it solely based on your own experiences and outlook of modern vampires?

Lady J: A large part of the book is based solely upon our life experience as living vampires, yes. However, a large part of that experience is experiencing and/or witnessing other living vampires throughout my life. Much of the book is also based on the intimate knowledge shared with me, from Prince Nicholas de Vere, regarding the Royal Dragon Court and the origins of the Draconian Bloodline (living human Vampires), of which I was officially indoctrinated into and given the title and duty of Lady Consoror, Charge d’Affaires, Royal Dragon Court-America, in 2003.
LV: My contributions are solely based upon my own life experience.

Lady J and Ludavik
RVL: Lady Julia, you are most well known for your periodical work, how much of the work from magazine provided material for the book, or is the book meant to stand apart from the magazine?
Lady J: Excellent question. I used a few articles I had already written for my 2 decades old magazine, “The DarkRose Journal,” for a few chapters of our book. Still, even though the theme of “Blood’s Truth” is slightly different than most of the DRJ’s I’ve published, the overall message is the same. “Blood’s Truth” is a stand alone work of literary artistry, yes, but is is also full to the brim with the same message I have always shared with the world.

RVL: Who first came up with the idea of writing the book?
Lady J: We both came up with it at the same time. We both shared a mutual look between us of “By George that ‘s it!”
LV: I came up with the title.

RVL: …and what is the ‘message’ of the work? What is the main thrust, and content, of the book about?
Lady J: Above all, be true to who and what you are, even if your true self is not that which you initially thought or wanted it to be. Our past, especially that of the living human vampire, is important to know and understand, so that we may learn from it and use it to keep evolving in the most positive direction possible, both on a personal and universal level. Then once our origins are understood we need to focus on what we have become in the 21st century, how we can best live in our present and better evolve our future as living human vampires.
LV: What she said, Lol.

Blood's Truth Back cover

RVL: Are you, at this stage, planning a second book to follow “Blood’s Truth”?
Lady J: We have absolutely no clue, Lol.
LV: We have been bouncing around the idea of a weekly web series that would focus on the daily living of our kind. It would be entertaining, to say the least.

RVL: There will, quite naturally, be many who will be asking, “What history, experience or credentials do the authors have to write this book?”
Lady J: Many of my credentials are tangible and were photographed and included in the book. I have 2 decades worth of showing and “proving” to the world that I am the label that I choose to wear, through a myriad of world-wide media.
LV: My experience is simply my own life. Julia DarkRose corroborates all that I have ever known and experienced with her own life experiences. That’s good enough for me.

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RVL: What was the easiest thing about writing the book? and, conversely, the hardest thing?

Lady J: The History of our species and everything after Chapter 2 (Vampire Community Time Line) and Chapter 3 (Psychic Vampirism). Those 2 chapters, for me, were a doozy. Trying to keep my bias out of the narrative, was for me, a tough mudder to accomplish.
LV: Watching Julia work her fingers to the bloody bone, night after night, so that she could meet the publication deadline. Yet, somehow, she seemed to rather enjoy the stress of creating under pressure.

RVL: …and probably of greatest importance, where can people find/ obtain the book?
Lady Julia:Blood’s Truth,” may be purchased from Amazon.com or directly from our webpage: juliadarkrose.wix.com/bloodstruth

RVL: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about the book?
Lady J: If you’re not a living vampire we still hope that you are able to glean the same message from our book that we hope living human vampires glean from it. Our book is meant to be educational, entertaining, humorous, insightful as hell, and above all, inspiring in whatever way the individual needs for it to be.
LV: Yep, what my Lady love said.

RVL: Thank you very much for your time this evening, both of you, we appreciate it and appreciate your hard work in writing and making the book, “Blood’s Truth”, available to the sub-culture. Congratulations on its completion and we hope it turns out very well indeed for you.

Lady J: As always, we are very grateful for the platform that RVL has always given me and now the one you have given us. We wish you all the best in all your endeavors, personal and universal. Goodnight.

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“Above all, be true to who and what you are, even if your true self is not that which you initially thought or wanted it to be.” ~ Lady Julia DarkRose

I don’t think there can be any better advice, it touches, simultaneously, on the reality of what it means to be a real living vampire as well as what it means to keep an open mind about yourself and the gift you have been given. The book “Blood’s Truth” is a non-academic journey of discovery of the aesthetic, and the history, of the modern sub-culture and the best part of all it is written by people who ARE just that. What better place to derive and define the reality and the truth of any situation?

Copyright Lady Julia DarkRose, Ludavik Valentine and RVL 2015

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Crossroads 2016

 

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Tim

Dissertatio de solutione huius civitatis

Good evening,
Welcome to 2016. For some weeks I have been mulling over how to write this first Crossroads article for this year, mulling over not only how to write it but also why. How can we describe the sub-culture of 2015? How can we assess the impact and the efficacy of the construct? What can we learn from last year, a year that was, by any measure, a tough one.

I started by looking back over 2015, looking back over what has actually happened, looking over the commentaries, some of the opinions, some of the discussions that were held at the RVL Social Group. I suppose you might call it a sort of, “2015 – The year that was” exercise, and then the mind automatically jumps to the obvious question, “Was what?”

Everybody, or very nearly everybody, is well aware of the history of the VC/OVC; the chronology of the formation and growth, the stages of growth that the fledgling society of modern living vampires navigated to arrive, ultimately, at last year.
1966 – Anne de Molay establishes the Order of Maidenfear.
1969 – Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.
1975 – The Order of The Vampyre is founded by priests of the Church of Satan.
1976 – House Sahjaza is formed in New York City.
1989 – The secretive; international, Temple of The Vampire (ToV) is founded.
1993 – The Sanguinarium is founded by Father Sebastian Todd. This leads to the establishment of the Ordo Strigoi Vii.
1997 – The “Long Black Veil & the Vampyre Lounge” events began on the second Wednesday of each month at the legendary MOTHER nightclub in New York City. “The Black Veil” document is authored, it was written as a code of conduct for patrons of the vampyre haven, “Long Black Veil”, in New York City.
Also, in the Northern Spring of 1997 the first webpage of Sanguinarius.org appeared.
1999 – Sphynxcat’s Real Vampires Support Page is established on the internet and the website Vampire-church.com was first registered in April.
2000 – COVICA, a council of collected elders from different traditions, again revised the Black Veil. It was at this time that the publication gained widespread popularity and was translated into Portuguese, German and Spanish. It was also distributed as the “13 Rules of the Community”.

Thirty-four years to build into a much needed resource, a place of guidance and support, and an avenue of communications for the myriad scattered individuals who considered themselves to be markedly different from the ordinary human being but; in a great many cases, didn’t know why. The ideologies and the needs were recognized and the structures were put in place to provide a social framework for the human living vampyre population… a little over three decades of effort, growth, organization and “reaching out” to each other, so, looking back at 2015 I asked myself, “It took thirty-four years to develop, where have we arrived at in the intervening fifteen?”

Tell me something, do you sometimes lean back from the computer with a stricken expression, yell “medic” and wish you could be ‘medi-vacked’ away from the infernal machine?

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img source: “Platoon” – Hemdale Film (presents) & Cinema 86 (uncredited)

Do you spend time at the computer and feel like one of those who DIDN’T make it out of the “Event Horizon”?

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img source: “Event Horizon” – Golar Productions, Impact Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Do you often get the feeling that you’re in the cast of Mad Max 2?

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img source: “Mad Max 2” (The Road Warrior 2) – Kennedy Miller Entertainment (made by) (as A KENNEDY MILLER ENTERTAINMENT Production also) Kennedy Miller Productions

Then I know what you’ve been doing, you’ve been hanging around the VC/OVC…

Any social or cultural entity needs to be able to rely on certain dynamics to become better, to become stronger and sustainable. At the April 2013 “Dialogue of Civilizations” in Guatemala City, Guatemala, representatives from the U.S., U.K., Egypt, India, China, Taiwan, and Guatemala met to discuss the patterns of establishment, development and eventual dissolution of civilisations. Indian delegate, and author, Sadashivan Nair noted;
“Strong cultural and religious growth play important role for a strong society, gives strong identity to one society which initiates other small societies to join or bigger population of same society who follow their ideology. Thus a large and strong society is established.”

I would venture to suggest that over the last fifteen years the modern living vampire sub-culture has not enjoyed such strength, has not enjoyed such growth and has not enjoyed the benefits of being able to develop into a, “large and strong society”, indeed, the whole seems to be more fragmented now than at any other time I can remember since coming to the web, the OVC and beginning to interact with, and observe, the VC at work in around 2002.

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The sub-culture of the modern living vampire is reminiscent, now, of a veritable post-apocalyptic landscape in which leaders of small bands of outcasts, nomads and survivors have created camps to which the people who feel they can trust only a small number have gravitated. Maximum security measures are put in place for the safety and the peace of mind of the members of these “cyber-gypsy” camps but in the end analysis the entire construct has reverted to the “wasteland” from which it was born. Even the larger, almost iconic organisations of the modern VC/OVC struggle to maintain integrity and direction in the face of internal pressures. Groups that were established on high ideals and given hundreds of hours of tending and nurturing by their owners and officers have fallen prey to, and I quote, “bitching”, “in-fighting”, “sniping”, “back biting”, “B.S.” and “Drama” or they have, and again I quote, “stalled due to B.S. and drama.”

There are a couple of points I’d like to make here, firstly, B.S. and “drama” can only exist where they are permitted to exist. What’s the old saying, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” ~ rather apt I think, don’t you?
The second point, “drama” is “a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage, or, alternatively, the branch of literature having such compositions as its subject; dramatic art or representation.

What we have, by the bucket-load is NOT drama it is “stupidity”, plain and simple and until we can find an answer to “stupid” then we are going to keep following the same well-worn trails and pathways that keep us circulating between an ever growing number of camps with a finite number of credible people.

Some of the self-inflicted problems of 2015, in fact, beggared belief. We saw social media accounts being “hacked” and private messages taken away, commercial websites of people in the sub-culture hacked and torn down… websites that form part of their income and livelihood. Salacious reports of allegations of immoral and predatory, if not criminal, activities from New Orleans, drug addicted wannabe blackmailers hijacking websites and turning them into “hate sites”, sociopathic sycophantic mundanes trolling every single group or organization they could get near for the sole purpose of creating and spreading chaos and ill-feeling. Great Houses and Courts torn apart by internal intrigues and politics, personal betrayals by persons of not only ill-repute but dubious personal histories. We have witnessed death threats, including pictures of bullets with people’s names written on a piece of paper that the round was lying on posted…

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Death threats? REALLY? Is that what we built this for? Is this what we come to it for?

Add to this the fact that on an ever expanding front we, as a sub-culture, have been exposed, whether we wanted to be or not. Media outlets ranging from ABC News & Radio, Anchorage Press (Alaska, USA) the BBC (U.K.) Buffalo News (New York, USA) The Christian Science Monitor, El Mundo (Spain) Excelsior (Mexico) The Express Tribune Magazine (Pakistan) FAST Online (Germany) FATE Magazine, FOX 8 News (Ohio, USA) the India Times, the Irish Examiner, Men’s Health Magazine, the Miami Herald, Newsweek, New York Daily News, Psychology Today, The Guardian, Urban Magazine (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and the Washington Post have carried commentaries about us.

Make no mistake, we have been “outed”, we have been made public property and have been held up to public scrutiny in an ever widening circle and you know what the funny thing is, I don’t recall anyone asking me if it was okay to do that for me… however, since it’s been, and is being, done wouldn’t it be interesting to get a real gauge of how people outside of, and not involved or in contact with, the sub-culture regard modern human living vampires? What do you suppose the reactions might be?

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“La-push” copyright L Oburn

So, we must also weigh in the fact that along with all the dangerous and potentially harmful events that occurred during 2015, the fact that somewhere, in some place, someone, or a group of someone’s, has decided that their agenda; be it personal, commercial or whatever, supersedes the discretion required to keep the members of our sub-culture safe and “out of harm’s way”. Indeed, we only have to look to the continual flow of requests that we received at RVL, such as;

“To rvlmail@yahoo.com
Hello there,im from ******** ,Macedonia. i wanna turn into a vampire.How can i be one? just reply to my email,and we will discuss further”
Or, more disturbing,
“I would give up my life to become one of you, please tell me what to do?”

Let me pose the obvious question here, because you can be sure no one else will – what if someone does take their own life, or worse allow someone else to do so, in the false belief that they can actually become what we are? Who would be responsible?

Now, there are people who are going to cry “foul”, people who are going to bleat about “everything being fine”, people who are going to insist, “well, we’re no different to any other segment of society,” and beyond our borders people who think that “these people who say they are vampires are real, are crazy and dangerous”

Are we going to sleep easily at night? Telling ourselves that people who don’t or can’t understand, even after we have “advertised” our existence, are just plain nuts? – THAT, folks, IS B.S.

VCOVC_wasteland_color1Another interesting phenomena that rose to some prominence in 2015 was the concept of having an organization that went about collecting “evidence” of wrongdoing by members of the sub-culture. Collecting “evidence” and archiving each little bit to build, presumably, a case against particular persons. The problem becomes that when “gossip”, “rumour” and “conjecture” are melded together with personal animosities and snippets of conversations edited to provide the lynchpins in the “chain of evidence” then it ceases to become a “watchdog” and becomes more akin to a “hanging court” that has no mandate, no jurisdictional right and no authority; a hanging court that promotes allegations of ‘culpable negligence’ in the death of others and in the process it simply becomes a hate group ruled by personal bias and hidden agenda.

A relative latecomer to the scene may prove to be a good start in picking up on those, “few bad apples” that we are constantly hearing about. The formation of a new resource to provide, what the organization terms, “Community Wide Warnings” about individuals but being very new it is not yet clear how the mechanics of the process work. A representative of the resource says, of the project;
“The main objective of the Directory, which again is renamed. Real Vampyre Directory. Is to inform others of a location to find covens, groups, courts, houses, and events that take place in our side of the community. It is strictly to inform those listed of other communities. It also from time to time serves the purpose of warning those that are a threat to the communities in one form or another.”
The representative goes on to explain;
“This **** ***** has surfaced once, and so far no further information is being reported on. This could easily be a case of one lone individual who seems to know what is best in someone else’s eyes. Nothing more, unless more information is provided or worked upon, nothing will come of it. This also requires victims and survivors to come forward and speak about it in a private setting. To be ensured they are protected. The archive provides this in its settings. Unless survivors come forward and are willing to explain the details, much of it is personal in nature. We as a group cannot move forward, we are limited. One transgression is hardly anything more than a complaint. Unless others are willing to discuss such matters,”

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img source: “Fallout” series by Interplay Entertainment

An example of the standard “inertia”, or rather, “negative inertia”, has already been recognized some years back. The concept was very neatly summed up in the following statement;
“We’re generally growing older as a community faster than we’re replacing with new participants who are willing to stick around – that and they often perceive less areas where they can contribute so there is a net – negative matriculation effect.” [1]

It is a situation that can’t be avoided, it is, in fact, a situation that I had addressed some time back while I was still a member of the VCMB, and still trying to muster interest/care about the documented situation of declining activity.

At this juncture I’ll ask another two obvious questions, “Are we letting the RIGHT ones in?”, and, “Are we tending our own backyard in an acceptable manner that supports aiming for acceptance outside our sub-culture?”

In Conclusion:
2016 needs to be, in essence, a retrospective and introspective year. We need to step back and look at the whole picture. It’s all there before us in glorious living colour – mostly centered around social media.
Are we going to continue on the same path we have been travelling until the sub-culture becomes completely overwhelmed and dissolute?, what are positive things that have happened, within the sub-culture, during 2015?, can we look to a better quality of interaction, personal conduct and even personal effort in 2016?

Everything that I’ve put down in this editorial is verifiable, IT’S ALL OUT THERE – just do a bit of searching, a bit of looking around, talk to others… for every example I’ve used I’m sure you can come up with half a dozen others but I think, for me, a very recent single post that was made on Facebook; a post at once succinct and deeply indicative of the attitude that is spreading among a great many members of the sub-culture made me think long and hard. I quote;

“The VC it seems is crumbling. Fix your madness”

Can we? Can we fix the madness that seems to have taken root within the VC/OVC? Can we eradicate it? Limit it to a minor annoyance? Cure it? What do you think dear reader?

During this year at RVL we are going to continue being observers and commentators, we are going to be, as is our preference, neutral and unaffiliated presenters and interested onlookers. We are going to expand our operation and our new 2016 team members will be looking for events, happenings and occurrences which we will investigate, interview, evaluate and present commentary and editorials on, so, if you want to read about good stuff feel free to send in your suggestions, if you want to tell of nefarious goings on, go ahead, tell us about it and all-in-all perhaps we can paint the WHOLE picture, including, perhaps, the “Unicorns, rainbows and candy-floss version” that some would have us admiring.

The only thing I can possibly add to that is, as I wind up the writing of this editorial, I have been thinking long and hard about what song we could use as the “national anthem” for the VC/OVC in its present incarnation. The best one I could find was…

THIS ONE

 

  1. http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting11.20.13.pdf

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