Tim and Lady Tania Tranquillitas
Upon returning from the Congress of Berlin in 1878, British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli stated, “I have returned from Germany with peace for our time.”
“Peace for our time.” – Is such a thing possible?
Since 1878 the world has borne witness to 547 separate incidences that were severe enough to be termed “war” and, of that number, 53 conflicts are ongoing today. There is one more that should be added to that number, a conflict that has been going on since around the early nineties ~ perhaps ’93 or ’94. So far as we know it hasn’t claimed any lives but it has affected, probably, somewhere in the thousands of people.
It’s the ongoing conflict within our own sub-culture.
The word ‘war’ is heard fairly frequently around the place but what does it actually mean within the context of the modern real vampire society?
It can be as simple, and tactically limited, as the exchange of harsh messages and words in public internet forums, it can take on an offline form of harassment wherein threats are made and received by other means of electronic communications and it leads to bitter feuds, grudges and latent hostilities that influence both whole groups and individuals negatively.
What’s the answer?
The majority who live within the real vampire sub-culture will probably tell you that there is no answer and to look for one is foolish and futile but is that true? Is it a “carved in stone fact” that when an individual participates in the VC/OVC they lose, automatically, all sense of right and wrong, all sense of good conduct versus bad conduct, all sense of peace versus hostility?
If that’s true then we are all doomed, as has been noted, to live in this positively “Dantean” ‘inferno’ for as long as we can stand it… or until we go mad, whichever comes first.
If we are going to go looking for an answer to the problem, a possible solution to the situation, then we need to recognize that we are going to be facing “forces” that have a vested personal interest in seeing the chaos maintained, in seeing it maintained for their own amusement and entertainment… that’s the circle that needs be broken. The vast majority of the people who participate in the OVC do NOT want to have to put up with what is termed “Drama”, “B.S.” or “Asshattery” any more and, if so many want something, why can’t it come to be?
Wherever we roam when we venture into the OVC we can usually find some level of conflict, it may be subtle, it may be volatile, it may be overt, and it may not be. It may be cloaked in disdain, disrespect or outright anger. Wherever we find it, it is almost instantly recognizable and almost instantly repulsive to the majority but it seems to be something that is accepted, by everyone, as being the “status quo” and therefore unshakeable. What could happen if we shake it anyway?
Could we bring a number of great minds, effective leaders and positive influences into alignment? Could we see a better “community” formed?
In human society, outside of our sub-culture, the main element that underpins society is the cooperation of the vast majority of the citizens of the society to enable the survival and improvement of their society for their collective benefit… is it so very hard to imagine doing it on a smaller scale within the modern vampire sub-culture? And, if it is so hard, why are we participating and keeping in touch with each other at all? Why are we bothering to call ourselves a “community”? Why keep up the pretense that we have anything at all?
This is not something that we can answer with a “poll” or a “survey”, this is something that can only be answered by each and every person who associates themselves with the modern vampire sub-culture in any way.
Some things already happen
In small ways there are a great many good things already happening within the sub-culture, for example, Shannon McCabe’s charity events on the West Coast, NOVA’s Homeless people’s meals events, Suscitatio Inc. studies on modern vampires and the sub-culture but these are far apart and relatively isolated events that achieve something on local levels.
Imagine, if a group of the majority of recognized leaders of our sub-culture were in a cooperative venture that was aimed both at reducing internal friction within this “community” and at enhancing the power to achieve such things on a wider scale than ever before, where that could; and would, take the modern vampire sub-culture’s profile; both in our own estimations and in the public eye.
We are, of course, fully expecting to hear that we “already have something” in place, the problem with whatever is already there is that it is not representative of the entire majority of the sub-culture and, if it is meant to be, why do we still have, see and experience the near disastrous consequences of “drama”, “B.S.” and “asshattery” at the levels we do every day?
Isn’t it time we stopped thinking up ways to “get one up on the other guy”, “make ourselves self-proclaimed emperors”, or other such things and started imagining, and making reality, things to benefit and enhance the sub-culture and our “community” as a cooperative venture?
The whole thing, naturally, depends on individuals… individuals who are ready, willing and able to stop fighting, to stop playing “one-upmanship”, to stop “rattling sabers”, to stop the “conflict” within the sub-culture. Yes, it’s a big, big ask… yes, it’s going to be laughed at, it’s going to be the subject of derisive and sarcastic commentary, yes, it’s going to be the subject of debate both sensible and insensible… if not downright volatile but isn’t that how all great ideas get treated when they are first proposed? Yes, we might be painting bulls-eyes on ourselves for even daring to suggest such a thing but if we don’t try for it we’ll never know will we?
Obviously, the very first thing we need to do is invite a maximum number of well respected, influential and long term “leaders” to the party. When the concept was first proposed, in a private message chat some days back, it was broached like this;
“Part of me wants to dust the OVC off my boots again. Another part wants to call [“X”] and [*Y*] and [*Z*] to [*town*] Stooge Slap them all, then sit us all down to write a new charter or something, over a few rounds in a bar of course.”
We’re not advocating, for one second, “stooge-slapping* anyone but we must confess the “few rounds in a bar* looks very inviting. No, the concept, to begin, needs enough interest to even begin to get its undercarriage rolling and with that in mind we would like to issue, formally, invitations to the following leaders and high profile public figures of the “Community of modern vampires” to think on this matter and then forward, to email@example.com, their indication of support… or not.
We, on behalf of EVERYONE in the VC who are sick and tired of the “drama”, are calling on the following people to take up the challenge, consider the concept, weigh the pro’s and con’s, then think outside the square we all find ourselves confined in;
Lord Aramond Sebastian VanRahamdalph (Houston Vampire Court)
Belfazaar Ashantison (NOVA)
Berinvonn Daerthledd (Alaska)
Lady Briessa Malferic (AVOW California)
Corvis Nocturnum (Dark Moon Press)
King Logan South (Vampire Court of Austin)
Lady CG (Smoke & Mirrors- Canada)
Lady Onyx Ravyn (Matriarch of House RavenShadow)
Lady Raven (Lady Raven Productions, Oregon)
Lono Fructus Vespertilio (Psychicvampire.org aka The Psychic Vampire Resource and Support Pages)
Lord Chaz Howell (New Orleans)
Lord Shaolin Asura-Macphee (House Asura-MacPhee)
Madame X (Dark Nation’s, Iron Garden, House of the Dreaming)
Merticus Stevens (Atlanta Vampire Alliance)
Michelle Belanger (House Kheperu)
Nikluz Dragon d’Argent & Lady Perce Coeur (Manerium Lamiis)
Octarine Valur (House Valur and South African Vampyre Alliance)
Goddess Rosemary (High Priestess & Matriarch of the Temple House Sahjaza)
Lady Shannon McCabe (S&M Productions, Sacramento)
Lady SangSavvy (The Free Vampire)
Sebastian DeCavalier (Gateway of Tainted Souls)
Stefan Resurrectus (Clan Resurrectus)
Stefano Bordogni (Il Tempio Oscuro – Italy)
Thanatos Ventrue (Family and Knights of Ventrue)
In fourteen days we will publish the responses we receive and, just possibly, we may have the groundwork for an unprecedented, global initiative for peace within the sub-culture.
After all shouldn’t ANY “community” have a reasonable expectation of its leaders that it be able to enjoy a measure of peaceful existence?
Copyright RVL and Lady Tania Tranquillitas
PLEASE NOTE: The list we have presented is by no means exhaustive nor is it meant to exclude ANYONE in the VC/OVC. If you wish to become a signatory to any “accord” or “detente” that may arise from this, please, feel free to email your intent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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