Real Vampires – The hardest thing about being us #2

Heather Brewer’s ‘Vladimir Tod’ series, High School Bites

Heather Brewer’s ‘Vladimir Tod’ series, High School Bites

By

Tim

In October of 2012 I wrote, for RVL (then RVN) an editorial entitled “Real Vampires – One of the hardest things about being us”. Its content was primarily directed toward the “outside” perceptions of the modern vampire sub-culture and the examples used were from sources both connected to the culture in some way and not connected to the culture. It served to highlight some of the pitfalls awaiting modern living vampires under certain circumstances.

Now, in 2014, I want to look at some of the pitfalls we create, and perpetuate, for ourselves. Not from a general sub-cultural point of view but more from a personal perspective of observation and interaction.

There are facts and truths that rule the existence of modern living vampires, certain facts that are inescapable. For example, if you take a sample of twenty human living vampires and take x-rays, CT’s or MRI’s you will find the same physiology as a human being. All the organs will be where they are supposed to be; barring surgical interventions of course. The skeletal structures will, generally be human, dependent upon surgical interventions, degenerative illness or physical birth defects. The thing that differs, most markedly, is the psychology, the psychopathology and the psychophysiology of modern living vampires.

We are ruled by the physics, and often the metaphysics, of the world we occupy and our “niche” in that world, our “realm”, if you like, is different to that of the normal (or mundane) human population. It is this very fact that is one of the very hardest things about being who we are.

Differentiating the modern human living vampire.

Consideration of the modern physical aspects of real vampirism didn’t enter the realm of serious contemplation until somewhere around 1966 when a lady by the name of Anne de Molay established the Order of Maidenfear. She had, after investigating the archetype of the vampire, arrived at the conclusion that vampirism was a very real interaction with life energy that could benefit the practitioner.

This position could have been inspired, in part, by the work of Dion Fortune, author of the volume, “Psychic Self Defence” and the earlier examples set down by Z.J. Piérart, Henry Olcott and Helena Blavatsky.

The major differences that delineate modern vampirism from the human norm are in thinking, feeling, acting and general psychology. This is not to imply that modern living vampires are abnormal per se. but rather that they differ from what is considered by the “mundane” systems of classification for “normal behavior”. There are many words thrown around the web to describe living modern vampires, I’ll focus on some that don’t belong in the gutter dear reader.

Some prime examples are; Narcissist, Egotist and Elitist

'Narcissus' by Caravaggio

‘Narcissus’ by Caravaggio

That’s some mighty fancy words getting thrown about, usually in an insulting or derogatory manner but what do they mean?

A Narcissist – simply put, is a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
An Egotist – simply put, is a conceited, boastful person.
An Elitist – simply put in this context, is a person professing superior intellect or talent, power, wealth, or membership in the upper echelons of a society.

There are manipulators, “naysayers”, recidivists – those who perpetually regress into anti-social behavior patterns, reactionaries who perpetually oppose social change within the sub-culture and all sorts of other anti-vampire society elements that influence the daily ebb and flow in the sub-culture of human living vampires to one extent or another. The fact remains, most obviously, as someone once remarked to me, “the world of living vampires is a microcosm of the human race”.

That’s because modern real living vampires ARE human.

So, what is the hardest thing, given these facts, about being us… individually?

Rising above it… getting above the standard and striving to obtain a higher platform. That is an effort that can’t be forced onto people, it can’t be bought by the pound and it can’t be gifted, magically, so to speak. The change has to come from within the person.

During the course of the Living Vampyre Survey ~ A Social Study, conducted by RVL over a year long period, we received some pretty pointed statements about things in various comment sections.

For example, in response to the question, “If you had the opportunity to make 1 “guideline” for general use within the sub-culture, what would it be?” answers ranged from, “1. For the love of god, don’t be an asshole.” To, “Try not to make a fool out of the rest of us.” And from, “stay alive”, to, “take care of others and treat them with kindness. pass on the knowledge that you have collected with in the community”.

The majority of the responses seemed to indicate a groundswell of feeling that the “Community” should be doing more to be a “community” but, at the same time, doesn’t that stem from the commitment of the individual as a part of said “community”? How does a “community” achieve anything, or grow and improve without the people IN the “community” choosing to support that growth and improvement.

from '300' - Warner Bros. pictures

from ‘300’ – Warner Bros. pictures

The “P” Factors
“P” factors, people factors… in commerce and industry it’s sometimes referred to as the “X” factor, or the “Human Factor”. It stands, generally speaking, as a variable that can’t be completely quantified and is known to have an effect on the outcome of processes and situations. That is under normal circumstances, there are, it would seem the essential elements of “abnormal” circumstances playing a key role as well. In the VEWR’s Survey conducted by Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC (2006) it was discovered that there was a predominant number of responses to a question about health related illnesses that indicated a high propensity, among the survey participants, of mental health issues.

Some of the most noticeable issues were ADD/ADHD, Bipolar Depression, Depression of acute medical types and several types of stress or anxiety disorders. By themselves these indicators might not have been all that much different from the societal norms of humankind if taken statistically but one of the bigger questions raised by these figures, at least in my mind, was, “Were these conditions present before the person became aware of their vampiric, or other, nature or, did they manifest afterwards as a result of the realisation they had come to?


In other words, which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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rebelyouth-magazine.blogspot.com

One of the things that is very quickly noticed by anybody who dips their toes into the great pool of the modern vampire ocean is that there are a great many “strong” personalities involved and I would suggest that we, as a sub-cultural group, are a pretty fierce bunch both within ourselves and with others. The online, and often the offline, interactions between members of our sub-culture are frequently marred by conflict and these conflicts can be as simple as a “rant” online, or as complex as a multi-year grudge match between opponents in real life. The psychology that drives such things is freely available to read about in any number of places and most of it has been simplified from the clinical lingo to layperson’s terms so it’s not rocket science to figure out what causes conflict. No, the problem that many, as individuals seem to have in today’s modern living vampire sub-culture is conflict resolution.

The often prideful posturing, the aggressive conflict nature, the stubborn and often unreasonable reactions and stance on issues is nothing new, nothing overwhelming nor even alarming but it does point to the fact that modern living human vampires do not give “quarter”. It demonstrates that the majority nature of many individual modern vampires is one of superiority, pride, stubbornness and aggression ~ a truly “predatory” type of nature and one that will not brook interference or disagreement. It is these factors that keep us, as a whole, from engineering a better place for ourselves, it is these things that prevent us from creating a unified “society” and which prevents us from being the best we can be, both for ourselves and for others.

It’s overcoming the “P” Factors that is one of the hardest things about being us…

Does that give us the excuse not to try?

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Spring is in the air

Vesna ~ Old Slavic Goddess of Spring and awakening (Source: http://www.pinterest.com)

Vesna ~ Old Slavic Goddess of Spring and awakening
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Good morning,
Yes, it may not feel like it to many in the Northern hemisphere but it’s true…! We are only a few days away from the Vernal Equinox 2014.

That means a little Spring cleaning. We are currently engaged in re-structuring some of our pages and sections to provide a more time efficient and easily accessible to the items of interest at RVL.

One of our first changes has been to make individual index pages, with complete links, to both our “Interviews” and our “Editorials” as distinct entities. When you look to the top of the page, just below the banner, you will find two new tabs, “RVL Interviews” and “RVL Editorials”. By clicking those page links you can avoid scrolling through the site and home in on exactly what you wish to select, by title.

The home page will undergo some minor changes in the near time but we promise to maintain, and improve, the functionality and accessibility of our E-Zine.

 

We have enjoyed over 7,700,000 visits since September 2011, hey, maybe it’s not Guinness Book of World Records feat but we are pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished in the space of time we have, with the services, equipment and time we have available. We intend to get better, bigger and stronger and to do that we need to improve the ways our readership can connect with us. We’re looking forward to bigger and better things and we want to acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to all the wonderful people who have worked with us to get us to this point, if it wasn’t for you folk we couldn’t have done it… give yourselves a round of applause. if you have any suggestions as to how we can improve our services to you please feel free to contact us at rvlmail@yahoo.com or, alternatively, use the contact form at the foot of this page.

Regards and deepest respects to all,
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Crossroads 2014 – Reflections

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By

Tim

(a.k.a. T.H. Hawkmoor)

“In glossy brochures advertising colleges and companies, we’ve all probably seen some version of a photograph of a smiling group of people of conspicuously different skin color hanging out together. The value-​laden vocabulary associated with such an image often includes words such as respect, diversity, internationalism, multiculturalism, and perhaps most prominently, tolerance. Of course, tolerance in today’s popular discourse is not limited to the tolerance of racial difference but extends ambitiously toward differences of all kinds: cultural, sexual, economic, national, political, ethnic, religious, and so on. For those who tout the value of tolerance, it is tolerance that will pave the way to a pluralistic, inclusive society that resembles a heterogeneous yet happily united family”.

From Tolerance and Forbearance by Jon Lin · Wednesday, 01 January 2014

The news came to us all, last week, that a former head of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, is near death and that gave me a moment for pause and for reflection. One of the first thoughts that appeared following this news, in my mind was, “I’ll bet many of the epithets wouldn’t be suitable to put on the headstone..!” and at that I called myself to account for an uncharitable thought toward someone I didn’t even know, let alone know much about except what the media has presented. Strange how the mind works isn’t it? We tend to roll with the news services most of the time don’t we?

I thought on that for a little more and associated it with the popular media treatment of the subject of vampires, modern vampires, from the uncomprehending and lightweight to the fearful sensationalism and I wondered to myself, for perhaps the thousand millionth time in my life, of the world in general, why? Why so little tolerance anywhere, why so little acceptance of others anywhere and why so much energy has to be spent on hate, vitriol and conflict, myself notwithstanding.

During my life I have been in contact with many diverse interest groups and influences, not the least of which was the Goth sub-culture of my post-punk life period. It is interesting for me, now, to look back and be able to see that the transition from “anarchy, boredom with, and hatred of everything” to “get lost and let me do my own thing” was a rather natural and unavoidable consequence of the punk identity deflation. In my time I have been involved with a number of such social elements, I have come into unhappy contact with Neo-fascist Skinheads, Mods, Rockers, and supremacists of different ethnic origins, different factions of the LGBT movement and so forth BUT I have also come into HAPPY contact with some members of above listed organisations as well, come into contact with people who have enriched my life through their willingness to share, peacefully, their cultural and personal identities.

It was from this determined policy of “acceptance of others”, that I have always been driven to attain, that the “Respect Matrix” I developed, and use, was born. In a nut shell, the first time you come into contact with someone, in any way, give them an account with one hundred points of respect in it. As they conduct themselves with you, within your sphere and within your life, deduct or add points depending on how they “actually” treat you, your friends, family and so forth. Set your own levels for minimum standard and, if they should reach that, then they are detrimental to you and your life and need to shed. It’s a simple concept and easily employed, trust me on that.

Respect and tolerance, it goes both ways but it is always under YOUR fingertip control.

It has allowed me to continue working at RVN, first, then at RVL, as now, and I will continue to do so for the next 10, 15, 20 or 30 years allotted to me. I have come to that place within me and the exercise of Respect and Tolerance; toward those who show it in kind, has brought me into contact with some wonderful, vibrant, exciting and fascinating people during the course of this work.

I also wanted to put forward, on behalf of RVL founder and owner, Mr. John Reason, and I am sure for many people we are acquainted with and work with, that we, as a neutral and independent body will actively seek to improve, practice, and endeavour to portray, at all times, a proper level of respect, acceptance and tolerance in our work throughout the sub-culture of the modern living vampire and beyond.

We, at RVL, recognize, value and respect the right of everyone to hold their own opinions, live their own lives, be their own person, dream their own dreams and enjoy their freedoms responsibly. I suppose, in short, we could sum it up as…“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”

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