The Gorean Compass is a class given every Thursday by Master Gorm Runo. Classes are held at the Gorean Campus and are given at noon and 6pm SLT. All are encouraged to come and join in the amazing discussions.
This class given on May 3, 2019
Tal and Greetings,
Welcome to the Gorean Compass, The Next Generation.
When I thought about that name for this seminar, it occurred to me that it is going to be important to record the history of the Generation that actually created this strange world of online Gor.
I have always had an interest in history, and I know from studying it that the further back you go, the less you have to work with. That is a truth of historical research.
We are not even really sure what to call this amazing thing. Most of our discussions center around trying to define it. Some people see it as an alternative lifestyle, and some people as a fantasy adventure game. Others see it as a sort of “fan fiction” that is fleshing out and bringing alive a set of sci-fi novels. And it is actually all of those things and more even, all rolled up into one big ball.
But the common thread of what wraps the ball together is the internet. The timing is important here, too, because the first novels were written before the internet existed. This is the first observation we can make in looking back into the history that led to Second Life Gor. John Norman did not anticipate the internet when he created the Gorean fictional novels.
People would discover the books, one way or the other, and sometimes be mesmerized by them. First hand accounts from people from this pre-internet world often contained the word “resonate”
Something in the books touched something inside them. And that was cool. There was no where else to go with that, so people tucked the feelings away, and went about their business.
But, then came connectivity. The internet. We could talk to everyone about everything no matter where they were. So, someone asked someone else, if they have ever heard of John Norman or Gor, and that was the beginning.
I don’t think we will ever be able to trace our Genesis all the way back to the very first mention of Gor on a primitive internet message board, but it happened very early, and it grew very quickly as the internet matured.
We can do better with Second Life Gor. Goreans Portal Radio aired an interview with the man who opened the very first Gorean rp city in Second Life, and this a mere dozen years ago.
I was thinking about our history, and our need to record it for the benefit of those who follow us because I am very convinced that we are not a passing fad of the internet, and I think there are going to be a lot of people following us.
I don’t know how all of you deal with explaining away the hours you spend hooked to this giant connectivity web and “being Gorean.”
Look at where we are right now! Think of how many hours, and how much real money, has been spent to create the Gorean Campus, to study every single detail of this fascinating alternative world.
When someone who knows nothing of it asks me to explain it, it is not an easy thing to do.
We are so used to comparing things to other things, but in this Brave New World, there is nothing else that was ever anything like it. So, I can’ t say, “well, its sorta of, kinda like, ahh”
Because it isn’t like anything else I have ever experienced in my long life.
So, I pretty much keep it quiet , or go along with saying, “oh, its just a computer game”
Maybe that is one of the attractions of tharlarion racing here in Second Life. It really looks like we are playing a “computer game.”
But, it isn’t really that kind of game, if it is even a game at all.
Maybe the best way to explain it is to just call it an online community. A sort of social media venue. Most people these days could understand that.
And there is a lot of truth to it. We have all the elements of ‘community.” For example, the city of Ko-ro-ba has a growing memorial garden to remember the ones who have passed to the Cities of Dust, and we are sitting in a vast educational facility, so we have our schools, and our social meeting places, and we really do form very tribal bonds. There is a sense of “us.”
Maybe the bond is in the word “resonate.” Maybe that is the one thing that has always bonded us together as a community. Something in those novels touched us in someway. That is very basic and opens the door to a vast and diverse community.
That is why I think we are going to continue to grow and why we are going to last for a long time. The more things on Earth move in unnatural directions, the brighter the lure of a Counter Earth becomes. It has been a common theme of these seminars and discussions that Earth is moving in a bad direction. The people more like sheep, and relationships and gender issues going off into insanity. More and more people, realizing this trend, would be seeking something different.
Second Life Gor, for many people, is that “something different.”
And that is why I use the analogy of a vacation. People want to take a vacation to try something different. One choice is to go to a posh resort, and be pampered. The other choice is to go camping out in the back country. Both are vacations.
The consistent message of the Gorean Compass is that this vacation is going to be much more like the camping than the pampering. The fun in it is going to come from overcoming some very tough things, and making it to the top of the mountain, or finishing the marathon race.
If you approach it any other way. If you think it is going to be a posh resort, it is never going to be any fun, and you are never going to get anything of value in return for the time you invest in it.
Maybe that is why I think we need to be recording our history. There is an old Gorean saying that goes: “Those who forget their history, are doomed to repeat their mistakes.”
So, maybe a valuable topic of these “Next Generation” classes would be a look back at the last dozen years of Second Life Gor. What were our mistakes? What did we do well? What do we need to do now?