That Was Then . . . This Is Now

 

By: LadyM

I was born in 1951, born unto this world and born unto vampirism.

There was much racial tension in the US and the personal computer/internet was about 40 years away.

I was a teenager during the 60’s and knew all about demonstrating for something that I strongly believed in.

When I started in the working world, everything you needed to obtain a job were skills, education and a good work ethic.  Previous employer’s references were “gold” when attempting to move up the ladder …. If you were prompt, conscientious, motivated and on time … nobody cared what you did when you punched out and went home ….. that was then … this is now.

I have to chuckle when I read comments made on vampire forums by the young and/or newly awakened eager to wave their flag and shout to the world … I am a vampire!!  One such comment that was recently posted in part …

Unless a community stands up for who they really are the media will use them like a tool. Lets not forget the real hardships we endure as vampyres.

Let’s see …. Unless you are independently wealthy and have no need to earn a living or you are self-employed with clients that don’t care how you live your life … you are at the mercy of making the almighty buck in a world that pretty much believes vampires live only in the myths and pages of a Bram Stoker novel.

Before you start waiving your flag and shouting from the rooftops that vampires aren’t getting a fair shake because the media has it all wrong ….. consider this …

Most employers do a very rigid background check on new or potential employees, even as far as asking to see their social media page.  Are you willing to lose your current job, risk losing a potential new job, your means of being able to support yourself, your children … be ostracized by family, friends and deemed to be “living in fantasy land?

Yes, there have been groups that have won their bid to be recognized after long battles and constant media scrutiny.  Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how you roll the dice, there is just no scientific or medical proof that would convince anyone that we are anything more than mentally unsound individuals.

Now, should scientists at some point in time discover that there is indeed undeniable proof of clinical vampirism, then you will see just how the voices of many will change the way the vampire is viewed, not only in the media but in every walk of life.  Until then we must live in our sanctuaries and leak out bits and pieces of the vampire culture in the hopes of slowly convincing the masses we are sane and not the product of myth or legend.  We have the ability to network via the internet and social media.  We can be part of message boards and forums where we feel safe and can voice our opinions without being condemned … for now.

So I would suggest that before anyone comment strongly about how we SHOULD be fighting for our independence, you might want to think about who you are commenting to and whether or not you know their politics and motivations.

Come out, Come out … wherever you are!

New Vampire Documentary Reality Series

Father Sebastiaan and Victor Magnus are in the very early stages of the development of a documentary reality series.

The goal of this show will be about the lives, culture and lifestyle of Father Sebastiaan’s fang clients and members of the Vampyre community preparing for their trips to the Endless Night Vampire Ball in New Orleans for Halloween. This documentary will be very much like the programs on History Channel, Bio, TLC or A&E.

As Father Sebastiaan writes:  “Acting as producers our goal is in the interest of shedding stereotypes and sensational hype, while providing America with a realistic glimpse into the society, philosophy and lifestyle of people who live and or love vampires.  We are looking for the most dynamic and compelling members of the Sabretooth Vampyre Clan (Father Sebastiaan’s personal fang clients) and those seekers from the Vampyre community interested in getting fangs to join us for this made-for-television documentary series.  Everyone from truck drivers to corporate lawyers to stay-at-home moms fit the bill for this project, as we’d like America to see that vampires are neighbors, co-workers, and community leaders.

So, if you are a client of Sabretooth or thinking about it, here is the information you need to submit your inquiry for possible participation.

Even if you don’t think you fit the bill Father Sebastiaan wants to hear from you.

Please make an effort to read Vampyre Virtues “The Red Veils” as the contents of this book will be the style of Vampyre lifestyle the show will be based upon.  Casting applications are now open to anyone who is a personal fang client mine or those who wish to get their fangs made as a central focus of the project.  Even if we know you personally and wish to apply please fill out this application so we can organize the application process properly.”  Participation Application

E-mail all submissions to casting@sabretooth.com   ASAP….  We are planning on filming interviews and a pilot in the New York Metro area in July 2012.

http://www.fathersebastiaan.com/2012/06/casting-for-a-vampyre-tv-docu-series/

The OVC – Evolution or Devolution? A choice facing everyone.

13 Jan 2012

Author: Tim

Pic. credit ~ http://modeducation.blogspot.com/

In March of last year we presented an article entitled “Into the OVC – Which way now?”, it was an article aimed at newly arrived people, aimed at offering them some preliminary insights of the things to aim for, things to explore and to watch out for when beginning their first forays into the online world of the vampire. People, as newcomers, who might have read that article are no longer “newbies”, they will be coming up to their first anniversary in the OVC and they may well be involved in offline activities in the vampire community as well. Many of them may no longer be participating in the VC/OVC and if that is the case the question has to be asked why?

Allow me to draw a parallel, let’s take the example of a service organization. If the organization is providing, satisfactorily, the service required by its clients then the clients keep coming back. If, on the other hand, the organization is failing to meet the clients expectations then the client will leave and not return; not only that but they may well tell others, “Don’t bother going there, they aren’t any good.” That’s how organizations perish.

During more than ten years in the OVC I have read, and participated in, discussions about every possible and imaginable aspect of the modern vampire reality. Discussions from the folklore and mythology of the vampire to the variety of modern theories for the origin of the modern vampire; from the process of awakening to the sudden realization by some members of the community that the path they have followed for years is no longer the right one for them. Discussions involving the probabilities of the global population of “real vampires” to the damage wrought by sensational media presentations revolving around vampire crimes and from the spiritual ethic behind vampirism to the cold, hard psychology that is attributed to the modern vampire subculture. In fact, I don’t believe that there is a stone unturned or a question unasked at this time and while some of the answers remain as elusive as ever there are others that may well be permanently unanswerable. I have discussed belief structures and opinions with sanguinarian, psi, empath, hybrid and elemental vampires alike. I have delved into OVC politics and been privy to the thoughts and musings of a number of prominent community figures and for all of that I have still been given to wonder what it is that draws people to the community and what keeps them here.

In his inaugural address on January 20th, 1961, John F. Kennedy said:

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

The sentiment expressed then is no less relevant today, in national and global terms but if I may be allowed to paraphrase the great man, perhaps the question that needs to be asked now, by every member of the OVC, is:

Ask not what is it we can do for the OVC, rather, what is it that the OVC can do for us.”

Naturally, in order to ask that question it is necessary to have some idea of what it is you want.

Each person who involves themselves in some activity does so with the expectation of gaining some benefit from it; the benefit may be personal satisfaction, it may be altruistic satisfaction, it may be personal material gain or it may be a genuine desire to see things improved beyond what they currently are; a change for the greater good for example. It is inevitable that somewhere along the line people involved in a community or society will look for the benefits that are coming their way from their participation and if those benefits do not materialize then the people begin to lessen their participation or cease it completely. Eventually the “community” devolves into a loose amalgam of cliques, tribes or clubs that have little interaction.

From 2006 to 2009 the Vampire & Energy Work Research Survey (VEWRS) and the Advanced Vampirism & Energy Work Research Survey (AVEWRS) were conducted. In all they achieved a combined response total of over 1,450 surveys making it the largest and most in-depth research study ever conducted on the real vampire/vampyre community/subculture. The surveys were translated from English into French, Spanish, German and Russian and in all seventeen countries were represented in the responses. Truly an impressive level of participation and one unprecedented in the history of the VC/OVC to my knowledge. Perhaps now it is time for the community to find out about itself as a whole, rather than about its individual parts.

One suggestion could well be a “Poll”, but not a “mere” poll, a poll that attracts a response of the same scale. However, what form could the question take?

Example:

What is the main benefit you want to derive from belonging to, and participating in, the VC/OVC?

Available responses: Friendships, Information, Guidance, Fun, Peer Recognition, Fame, Notoriety, Money, Escapism, Donors, A “soapbox”, Discussion, Support

Perhaps even a text box for Other ~ Please define.

Information gleaned from such a poll could be used, positively, to determine the future course of the OVC. It could be used to determine how to make the VC/OVC more relevant to more people and provide clues as to what it can do to improve its stature and standing with audiences outside of the community.

It took a good decade or more to get to the point we are at today, maybe it will take that to get back or move to the next level of community evolution but it’s as J.F.K also said;

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

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There is just one other thing you might wish to consider…

“Positive anything is better than negative thinking.”

Elbert Hubbard