The Bucket of Renown and other Peerage Thoughts

Originally posted September 1, 2017. Three+ years later, I can tell you that the bucket is definitely bigger, and peerage is far more daunting than I thought. It is also far more fulfilling than I thought.

So there’s a thing called a bucket of renown. That bucket has a hole in the bottom, and the only way to keep it full is to keep doing good works. They that do more are more worthy.

The thing is, sometimes, when you get that peerage (I’ve been told) it’s easy to assume that the bucket will now stay full. Instead (I’ve been told) what happens is that the bucket gets twice as big – and the hole gets three time as big. So now in order to keep your bucket full you have to work twice as hard FASTER.

This is probably pretty exhausting and why some people, when they become peers, bail out on the SCA. Other people it makes cranky and hard to work with.

The other thing I’ve observed is that some people perceive peerage as a giant round of cheese – a finite thing that can only be cut so thin. They believe that every time a new peer is made, the amount of peerage they have is reduced. They fight against new peers because that somehow reduces their peerage-ness.

I don’t believe that: I think Peerage is like air. Peers are like trees. They take in carbon dioxide (art, work, prowess, etc), and release oxygen (peerageness). It’s a self sustaining system when it’s working properly.