Cock-Robin wrote: I want no drama here. Let's leave that to the Manwe thread.
Manwe is full of energy, isn't it? Intense debate, discussion, differing views. It can become quite 'dramatic', I agree, CR. I work with a man who eats that sort of thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner - it can be so exhausting at times but, by working with him, it's taught me the value of taking my time to formulate my thoughts, my arguments - to figure out what I think and then (* big, deep breath *) I dive into debate with him. Because he's not going to not engage in debate; I have to meet him. He doesn't always agree with me but he respects my time and my arguments and I may leave not 'winning' but I leave feeling well communicated and most times, heard. And when I do convincingly argue my point, he's appreciative.
Differing views, different ideas and conceptions - and 'the rubbing up' against them - along with the capacity to communicate about them, around them, and arrive at greater understanding, and sometimes the means to effect change, are important skills, especially today, in our immediate, 'gotta have it now', world. So much lands into our laps, so suddenly it's tempting to just push it all aside and not engage because it's all too much - all the the debates, all the differing views...
With out debate, without examination of views and the challenging of them, however ... well... the 13 colonies would still be British, Quebec French, Mexico Spanish. Black Americans would still be slaves and women property of their husbands with no civil rights to speak of. The US could still be dry! The national debate was once about 'the evils of drink' and alcohol was banned, federally, for many years. Then opposing views saw it's repeal. Debate, discussion, dissent...
Grandiose allusions? Well, perhaps.
I just wanted to promote the notion that disagreement isn't necessarily a bad thing, nor does it have to result in chasms and barriers; it can be a path to clarity and understanding. I have benefited tremendously because as a consequence of this, and other discussions, we've had here and I now have a clearer understanding of how another group of my fellow TORCers approach the ' art of RP' - and I use the word 'art' quite consciously.
It's an art. It is open to different styles, different methods of execution, different interpretations and those to take it up may do so for many different reasons and motivations . To draw a parallel to the fine arts, put a Matisse painting next to a Rembrandt and the fine art world will assert that they're both 'Masters'. They are incredibly different to one another, however. But both are artists, and would (if alive) declare themselves ' An artist and a painter' .
I am an RP Writer on Torc. So are all of you. Yet my approach is very different to some of the other approaches, say Hue's for example. Hue, you've describe it as a game, it's fun, a 'roll of the dice, take what's thrown' approach (is that accurate?) - the execution of your expression of the 'the art' takes on a form that meets that. I see RP as the writing and crafting of narrative prose, and that is fun to me, and my expression of the art, my execution of it takes on a different form.
And that's fine.
The important thing is we understand this and in the understanding, meet the differences, work with them if required and ultimately move forward.
To understand the differences, we need to communicate our personal needs and wants, our personal understandings, our personal drives and motivations, which I attempted earlier and am attempting now.
So, I want to take a moment here to celebrate differing views, the opportunity to express differing views and I would very much like to assert again, in a 'big picture' way, that this thread is open to everyone and anyone who has a story to tell.
I think Leoba said it very well; Torc is a rich woven tapestry and we each bring our weft and wove, and they interlace and create a special place.