Crossroads – Plain Speaking Part 3 – Peace for our time?

night_crossroads_RVLPresented by
Tim

With gratitude to Stefan Resurrectus of Clan Resurrectus, Stefano Bordogni of Il Tempio Oscuro, Italy and Gordon (Hesperus) of CLAVIS for their responses to the invitation and proposal contained in Part 2 of the “Peace for our time” presentation it falls to us now to look at the results of that exercise.

When the concept of this proposal first came to the point of discussion it was realized, quickly, that the usual round of counter-arguments would ensue. Counter-arguments based on “what is already happening”, counter-arguments based on the concept being seen as the product of a particular “group” or “organization” and the fully anticipated counter-arguments about who was “expecting” to be in charge.

Firstly I would like to point out several things.

I, and Lady Tania, regardless of any personal or group affiliations developed this proposal in concert with an independent third party. This project was NOT the concept of a particular group or organization other than these three people.

This proposal to action was instigated by someone who was in the VC/OVC a long time ago, who left for an extended length of time and then returned to find absolutely nothing, in their opinion and experience, had changed. If there are so many people working on doing so many good things in so many places within this ephemeral vision of “community” why are we, the general population of the “community”, NOT seeing it? Why are people of good character who leave for long periods of time returning to find the same problems?

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The invitation, going out to the list of recognized leaders and public figures of the “community”, was aimed at involving, ostensibly, the most influential people in the “community”, it was also aimed at considering whether or not the exclusivity of existing mechanisms can be considered to be truly representative of the entire “community” or not.

It did NOT represent an attempt to put anyone “in charge”, it does NOT represent an attempt to “police” the “community”, what it DOES represent is an attempt to propose the establishment of an accord to provide a safer, more peaceful, open and supportive real modern vampire “community”.

Indeed, one comment that has been made follows the realization that the “usual objections start to surface”. The question is how can there be objections to the concept of a peace accord? How can there be any objections to the concept of open communication and harmonious inter-reaction? The only conceivable cause for objection can be that the people who are currently placing themselves in perceived positions of control and command are actually opposed to the idea that anyone else can be allowed to exercise any influence or have any real input into the peaceful existence of the modern vampire community.

It is also very disheartening to me, and I believe, to the majority of readers and observers when they see comments such as this from someone who holds themselves forth as an Elder and Leader, “most of the fucktards proposing this “unity” type action are EXPECTING to be put in charge somewhere along the lines or pulling the strings from behind the magick curtain and are ALL EXACTLY LIKE Lady ***. Abusive. Manipulative. Willing to drop a lie at the first sign of breath. Willing to spread lies about ANYONE they perceive to be a threat to their own personal power, whether that person is wanting to be involved with them or not.

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Questions raised about the proposal

There were, early on, a number of valid questions raised about the proposal and I would like to address one of those; I noted in a post at the RVL Social Group right after posting the “Peace for our time Part 2” editorial, that even though I co-presented this article I would like it to be known that,

Before the commentaries begin to come in, this is NOT an attempt to set myself up as some uber-leader/elder of the “community”. It is not an attempt to embarrass anyone nor is it an attempt to “build an empire” for I will have nothing whatsoever to do with whatever detente or accord might arise as a result of it. The responsibility for building and maintaining the structure is up to the people who will become signatories to it.
It was my job to join with Lady Tania and bring the presentation to the attention of the “community” and sub-culture, that’s all. It is my job to report the responses to the proposal in the set time frame, following that, “my work here is done citizens”.
I will NOT be seeking, nor accepting, any active role in what ensues as a result of this presentation.”

So, in as far as the initial concerns that were raised we had answers all set out and detailed in such a manner that it would be quite clear what this proposal was and what it was not… unfortunately that has become a moot point.
The conclusions:
It is very hard, indeed virtually impossible, to draw any kind of hopeful or optimistic conclusion from the result of this exercise. Indeed, the very prospect of any sort of wide-ranging “peace accord” amongst the majority, or even a significant proportion of the sub-culture seem to be as likely as this writer becoming the first transgender astronaut on Mars ~ with deepest respect to our transgender brothers and sisters of course.

We have to ask ourselves why, why does the very concept of a broad and unifying peace seem so unwanted and unsupported; feared even? Perhaps it is a case that can be found mirrored in the words of one who attended a pretentiously high level meeting and discussion of a particular organisation, “Change is coming, however, if it is going to be on OUR terms…” and another attendee who commented, and quite rightly so, “Egotism hinders progress because it obscures the truth. People care about being right or promoting their own personal agenda more than facts.” [1]

It would appear that then, just as now, it has to be seen that there can be no common ground, no acceptance of the right of any other organization, group or other body to propose nor yet contribute to any form of progressive peace initiative. There can be NO leadership, initiative, positive effort or voice other than those who declare themselves to be THE only ones that matter and while that is the state of the playing field then we are forced to admit, whether we like it or not, that there is NO common “community”.

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As I have often mentioned, a person, whom some regard to be quite highly placed in the so called “community”, made a comment to me some time back that, in speaking of the modern vampire sub-culture “unity is a myth”… I wonder if Lady Slinky knew, when she made that comment, how very true it was and would continue to be.

Unfortunately we can draw only one solid and realistic conclusion now, “the vampire community IS a myth”, and it’s a fiction that has been woven around the ideas of a few people who have a need to feel as though they are in charge of something. The bad news is, there’s NOTHING there, NOTHING to be in charge of except for whatever little club they may have created for themselves. So, we need to address the cold hard truth of the matter, we need to stop running around playing Prince, King, Grand High PooBah and the like and trying to convince people that there is such a thing as a “community”, either online or off.

Vampires, in all ways, have always been popularly represented as “solitary”, there has never been a need to be in a “colony”, a “community”, a “nation” or any other such thing…unless you’re role-playing in The Masquerade of course. Vampires, real modern traditional vampires don’t NEED any of that bullshit, they don’t CARE for any of that bullshit and it is becoming increasingly clear that they don’t WANT any of that bullshit.

It’s time, perhaps well past time, to stop dragging the carcass of a “community” on our collective shoulders; it truly is time to stop flogging the dead horse, drop the burden and forget the empire building and the masquerading stuff, no one owns cities, no one rules anyone, no one makes rules for others and no one has permission to shove bullshit into other people’s faces. It’s time to stop the “media-whoring” interviews that make a laughing stock of real modern vampires and is absolutely well past the time when we should have recognized the self-serving, self-important “wannabe God” figures that have attempted to put themselves out there as the “be-all-and-end-all” of our right. No one is a “King” of anything, and those who have the sense to realise the depths to which this has sunk have already found other things to do.

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There are just vampires now, modern vampires, each on their own recognizance, each to their own and each responsible to no one save themselves and, in hindsight, perhaps it would have been better if it had stayed that way all along. It’s time to abandon the crumbling “castles”, the decayed tenements and look past the faded gilt edging of a fictional community; it’s well past time that we got back to where we belong, back to where we have ALWAYS belonged, time we get back to being Vampires, not Mickey Mouse Club groupies.

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1. Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) Public Meeting – September 23, 2012

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Origin of the Species

"Le Vampire" Burne-Jones

“Le Vampire” Burne-Jones

Presented by
Tim

Good evening,
As you all know, and know only too well, the “questions” have all been asked a myriad times, they have been answered a myriad times and then; after a while, the questions pop up again and they are discussed again and sometimes, just sometimes, someone has an extra little insight to add but mostly the answers are finite given that we can’t prove a darned thing.

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Questions like, “What makes you believe you are a Vampire?”
“What do real living modern Vampyres do?”
“Why do real living modern Vampires do what they do?”
“How do real living modern Vampyres do it?”
“Where do real living modern Vampires go?”

So on and so forth, over and over ad nauseum, in dozens of groups, on dozens of websites and in dozens of forums so the question here is what are we going to do here that is, or will be, so different?

The short answer; Why?
“Why are there real living modern Vampyres?”

In 1859 Charles Darwin wrote, in the 1st Edition of “On the Origin of the Species” (Chap. 4 Natural Selection)

Let it be borne in mind how infinitely complex and close-fitting are the mutual relations of all organic beings to each other and to their physical conditions of life. Can it, then, be thought improbable, seeing that variations useful to man have undoubtedly occurred, that other variations useful in some way to each being in the great and complex battle of life, should sometimes occur in the course of thousands of generations? If such do occur, can we doubt (remembering that many more individuals are born than can possibly survive) that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?

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So, we can only conclude that unless we are the very first generation, the base unit of a species, in our modern Vampire state, that we have come from a longer line of variations in natural selection than has previously been considered.

Here at RVL we have, in the past, discussed origins with several of our guests, guests such as Lady Kaia in the editorial “Chatting with Vampires ~ Lady Kaia
and guests Izidari and Danica in the editorial “Alternative thinking ~ The Vampire Retrovirus” but there have also been other guests with different theories on the Origin of the Species and, in truth, we have no evidence, as yet, to support any of the theories.

In offering another theory I am well aware that it will, in some quarters, be rejected, ridiculed and discredited by commentators who have no knowledge to effectively and factually argue the point – the arguments will come from nothing more than ‘personal belief’, and that, dear reader, is where all theories and hypotheses begin ~ in someone’s belief.

A clear distinction:

I do want to make one thing clear from the very start, this is not going to be an attempt to examine differences between Vampires of different paths, it is not going to be an attempt to discuss/argue the pros and cons of “sang” versus “Psi” existence and it is not going to introduce random differentiation between those two classifications and “Hybrid-vampires”. What it is going to be is offering a theory that may well account for the existence of modern vampires and may well already have precedents in current psychological thinking.

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There is a clear precedent that is set in the concept of “past lives”, or, more commonly, the existence of “racial memories.” Racial memories are those items of knowledge that are simply “known” by descendants of older generations despite the fact the new generation has never actually known, seen nor experienced the action that the “memory” relates to.

The School of Medicine at The University of Virginia has been conducting studies with children who appear to have memories of past lives for some time and the links to a number of articles can be found at the University Department of Psychiatry page. Furthermore, a full paper detailing an inquiry into past life experiences, conducted and authored by Dr. Paul F. Cunningham, can be reviewed at http://www.rivier.edu/

As I say, there is a precedent for previous existences and this forms one of the basis on which this presentation is made.

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The role of science and fact:

According to the commonly accepted physical laws of Thermodynamics we know that;

The four laws of thermodynamics are:[1]
[The] “Zeroth law of thermodynamics: If two systems are in thermal equilibrium respectively with a third system, they must be in thermal equilibrium with each other. This law helps define the notion of temperature.
[The] First law of thermodynamics: When energy passes, as work, as heat, or with matter, into or out from a system, its internal energy changes in accord with the law of conservation of energy. Equivalently, perpetual motion machines of the first kind are impossible.
[The] Second law of thermodynamics: In a natural thermodynamic process, the sum of the entropies of the interacting thermodynamic systems increases. Equivalently, perpetual motion machines of the second kind are impossible.
[The] Third law of thermodynamics: The entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches absolute zero.[2] With the exception of non-crystalline solids (glasses) the entropy of a system at absolute zero is typically close to zero, and is equal to the log of the multiplicity of the quantum ground states.”

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The Law of The Conservation of energy, meanwhile, states that;
In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can be neither created nor be destroyed, but it transforms from one form to another.”[3]
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but it can be converted, or transformed. It is in this principle that we can base our consideration of the origin of modern vampirism.
The Human Developmental cycle:

As early as week 6 to 7 the baby’s brain forms into five different areas. Some cranial nerves are visible. From week 8 to 10 the baby’s brain continues to grow and in the 10th week baby is no longer an embryo. It is now a foetus, the stage of development up until birth. Somewhere during this period the elusive and not entirely explained, “spark of humanity” is afforded to the developing foetus.

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The “Spark”

No one has yet satisfactorily been able to quantify the “spark” that creates a human being; a foetus from an embryo. It is here that we are forced to think outside our boxes. Does the “spark” come from simple bio-chemical reactions? Does it come from “God”? Or does it come from somewhere in a stored energy that exists within an isolated system, as the Law of the Conservation of Energy states?

It is my contention that everything that has ever lived and died possesses an energy during its existence. When the physical existence comes to an end, as every physical existence must, where does the energy of that thing go? It cannot be destroyed as we know from the Energy Conservation law of physics, I conjecture that it returns to the isolated system from which it came.

When a new “existence” comes into being it is afforded a measure of this “energy” pool to complete its development. Consider then, what happens if, for some unknown physical reason, the new existence does not receive a necessary “full input” of energy?

Could this account for birth defects? Deformity of newborns? Deficiency of intelligence in newborns and so forth? Could the inverse also be true? If a new “existence” receives an overabundance of this “energy allowance” could that explain “child prodigies”? Geniuses? Brilliant scientists, mathematicians, physicists and other scientists, doctors and the like?

In the former event the lack of necessary optimum energy allowance could well lead to the creation of what we refer to as the Modern Living Vampire, a being that needs to supplement its lack, in some manner, to remain fit, healthy and well.

Alternatively, an abundance of such energy allowance could easily include energies of previous beings which may well bring with it knowledge and experience of times long past and hence the existence of “past lives” and “racial memory”.

Something to think about perhaps?

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I recall driving to Michigan in 2013 with a work colleague for off-site training. We were discussing a whole range of things along the way. My colleague was a hardline scientist; he had no religious, metaphysical or extra-normal beliefs in his body. At one point we had seemingly arrived at a stalemate so I changed tack. I asked him,
The Law of the Conservation of Energy says that energy can neither be created nor destroyed in an isolated system, yes?
He replied, “Yes, that’s quite correct…”
I said, “So, every living thing possesses energy in it while it’s alive, it’s either electro-chemical, bio-chemical, or some such thing right? It’s what gives us the capacity to think, to reason, to act, yes?
He responded, “Yes, that’s right…”
I then said, “So, when that being or creature dies the energy goes somewhere right?”
He replied, “It has to…”
I said, “Where does it go then?”
He looked at me, opened his mouth, closed his mouth, and looked out of the windshield and after several moments he said, quietly, “I never thought of it like that before, I’ll have to think about that.”

There the conversation, on that particular subject, ended.

Maybe it’s time for us, as a species, to think about things in a new way?

 

Copyright Tim North & RVL 2015

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_thermodynamics
2. Kittel, C. Kroemer, H. (1980). Thermal Physics, second edition, W.H. Freeman, San Francisco, ISBN 0-7167-1088-9.
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation_of_energy

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An RVL Guest Editorial – A Question of Etiquette: Courts/Houses/Etc.

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Good morning,
RVL is very pleased to introduce, and present, an article by a guest author today.

The article is entitled “A Question of Etiquette: Courts/Houses/Etc.” and is brought to us by author Rei Tadashi.

As Lady Rei tells us; “Well, my awakening period is a bit tricky cause I’ve always known I was different ever since I was young. How different didn’t occur to me until much later and it was drawn out due to many reasons. Hmm, for milestones sake, we can place it at around 13. Stumbled upon the OVC when I was 20.

She goes on to say, “I wrote the article in response to a question posed by a member of Vampire Town Hall about etiquette. As I typed, the idea kept on growing in my head until it became what it is now.”

A Question of Etiquette: Courts/Houses/Etc.
By: Rei Tadashi

The Vampire Community is vast. Some members in a given local area sometimes group together to form Houses, Courts, Clans, etc. Newly awakened ones may find themselves drawn to join one of them and it can be a concern for new ones how to conduct themselves when meeting other vampires for the first time.

 
Understandably, a conscientious newcomer’s focus might be how not to cause offense and avoid unnecessary hostility, in order to be accepted, and to establish a good relationship. Consequently, the tendency would be to focus on how to treat the group’s superiors. Hierarchy is one thing and it has its merits but whether one is building a group or joining one, putting primary focus on hierarchy would lead one to unconsciously disregard things that are important in the long run.

 
As I mentioned, people are people. Courts are no different than other associations of people, social groups, whether they be clubs, corporations, etc. They have their own culture.

 
As a newb, learn the values held by that group. It’s just like going to a different country. Know the core values of this culture.

 
What it comes down to then is VALUES.

 
Take Japan for example; their core value is the concept of WA ( 倭 ) meaning group harmony. They value group harmony. They see the collective as more important than themselves. They see others as important if not far more important than themselves. How they communicate right up to how they conduct themselves from their day to day lives, whether dealing with family members, workmates, everyone else, is built from this perspective. It’s why they do not talk directly, because they want to avoid hurting another person’s feelings. It’s why they have a crazy work culture because they see the company’s goals as more important than individual desires.

 
Same with other business groups, corporations or clubs. Some value innovation, some value creativity, some value openness, etc. Most likely than not, their group policies follow and build around those values. It wouldn’t be that different with courts.

 
So what should the new ones do?

 
My tip would be to sit back, observe and ask questions. Some of what you should ask are as follows:
What are the values important to the court you are planning to join?
What are their goals? Is it in alignment with what you are seeking?
Are you comfortable with its policies? How about the atmosphere?
These would give you the insight into understanding how and why the group conducts themselves as they do, as opposed to focusing on the group’s formalities at the get go.
If you answered no to the above questions, then chances are, that group isn’t for you. Best to move on and find another.
If yes, then go on observing, asking questions, and be courteous to everyone. It doesn’t hurt to be nice. Any group worth its salt would be open to being asked questions and open to guiding their new members, whether it be on that group’s specific code of conduct or procedure, teaching and learning methods, how they implement their projects, etc. If the group is in alignment with what you are seeking, then absorbing their principles would be easier and would be organic.

 
If you’re looking to build a group/court/house in your local community, the same applies, except you would be on the position to build and implement.
What would your group stand for?
What would its core values be?
Writing a mission-vision statement is a good way to keep you in track. If you plan to implement a hierarchy, what purpose would it serve and does it follow the goals you set out for? Most likely, the codes of etiquette and internal policies would flow from there, as well as how you would enforce it.
And just like how some business don’t like competition, some existing courts may not like it when new courts emerge in their area without going through certain procedures *chuckles* but that’s a whole different topic.
So it’s really not that different. Courts, houses, etc, even if it/s “nightside” aren’t really that different from any other “dayside” group, as vampires are as much social animals as next non-vampire, so codes of conduct, etiquette can be approached from the same context.

 
Bottomline to make it work: don’t be an asshole.

 

Copyright Rei Tadashi 2015
Reproduced with full permission of the author.

 

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