More about the setting for The Grind (a dystopian steampunk dungeonheist rpg I'm writing on) and another example for that card based mission generator I wrote about yesterday ...
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- I actually didn't add much to it, but kept it (foolishly I suspect) verbatim to what I wrote ... with a few caveats at the bottom to try to CYA my sorry ass for daring to post this. Here's the post: http://elthosrpg.blogspot.com/2016/03/racism-as-thing-in-historical-and.htmlMar 6, 2016
- I won't have time for a proper response right now, but will come back later. Very interesting! But my post is changed, so maybe that could be written somewhere (that I took your advice and all). Gotta go. Later!Mar 6, 2016
- ok - good idea. I'll mention it. Thanks. :)Mar 6, 2016
- Not a problem. Although it makes it look like I would somehow support racism (which I definitely don't) and makes me look guilty by changing it (which is almost funny, but isn't). But I commented and clarified towards what I think happened and what my stand is on the topic. Also put up a link for a post I wrote last year about exactly that topic regarding Lost Songs (don't know if you've read that one ...).Mar 6, 2016
- Well, if anyone can construe you as guilty of racism for that then just think how much a racist they will consider me for daring to question the current orthodoxy as my post does! :p
At any rate, I question whether it is a good idea to wince and cower in the face of such accusations. I know what I think and I happen to agree with myself. If others disagree with me and want to cast labels at me, well, frankly those kinds of people are not much my friends anyway. I don't see why I should bother minding so much. They'll do and say whatever it is they want, and yes, they may tarnish my reputation among those who agree with their point of view and are unwilling to see anything else. That's fine. Because it will happen anyway. If we're on different sides of the world, there's no point in hiding the fact. I question the orthodoxy because I recognize that attitudes over time change. And people see things in one era that to those in other eras seems like madness. It will be the same for our own highly vaunted age later on, believe me. So I don't really care to concern myself too much with it. I will, however, on occasion comment on some of the unanticipated consequences of these things as I see fit.
The current topic is quite interesting to me. How does the perception of racism effect the ability of people to understand and / or empathize with those of the past? How can you role play characters in a historically based world when you're glued to The One And Only True Way of Seeing Things from your own time? I conjecture that you can't.
And what does it mean for a people to be so completely separated from their ancestors that they can no longer imagine how they thought at all? Doesn't it erase their heritage? Their sense of belonging and connection to their lineage? And of course, I can here the moderns saying "oh but that's a good thing because all those things of the past were wrong, evil, and dreadful". And they may well have been. But then again, perhaps it is only our viewpoint that has changed? And perhaps the morality we believe in today is wrong? Do we really know for certain one way or another? And if anyone says "Yes" to that, I'd like to know on whose authority, or by what means they have to prove their point - other than it being when all is said and done, actually only a matter of their opinion?
So I think it's best not to worry but simply speak our minds plainly and let the chips fall where they may. For every person who agrees with those who disagree with me, perhaps I will find others who feel the opposite, and appreciate that I dare to speak up and say what I really think.
After all, I believe in the principal of free speech on the understanding that people can disagree, and that's actually a good thing. Otherwise, what would become of the dialectic? Debate, consideration, fusion of ideas - thesis - hypothesis - synthesis. The dialectic must continue.
Otherwise, what would become of civilization?Mar 6, 2016
- I do agree with you here. Free speech, dialectic, the whole thing. I'm just not sure all of that is in that post of mine or the setting ... :-)Mar 6, 2016