June 20th, 2005

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The Dangers of Organizational Defensiveness

A friend was remarking recently on some confusions that an SCA novice recently had -- my best guess is that she was just starting out, and people were tripping over themselves to make the SCA look *easy* to join, and simply confused her in the process. (Telling someone about t-tunics is great if they appear to be terrified of sewing. But if they're trying to understand the right way to make period clothes, it's not helpful.)

On thinking about this, I am reminded (tangentially) of what a bad idea this can be if you carry it too far. Take the Masonic example, for comparison.
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