Who is the Master?

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 was held on April 18, 2019.

Tal and greetings,

I was reading chapter 10 of Captive of Gor on my radio show this week. In this chapter, Elinor Brinton has a meeting with the slaver who had been involved in her abduction on Earth, and she learns, for the first time, the horrible reason for which she had been brought to Gor.

She has been brought to Gor to murder Tarl Cabot. However, the slaver makes it clear that if she would not have been selected for that job, she would have been brought to Gor anyway to serve as a common pleasure slave.

“I looked at him. “Why was I brought to this world?” I asked.

“We bring many women to this world, ” he remarked, “because they are beautiful, and it pleases us to make them slaves.”

I regarded him.

“Also, of course, ” he said, “they are valuable. They may be distributed or sold, as we please, to further our ends or increase our profits.”

Page 147 Captive of Gor

This would have been a useful quote to use in my class entitled, “They sell well.”

The slaver also tells her that she was first spotted when she was 17 years old, but she was watched for five full years before she was selected for abduction. This would have been another useful section to support my points in the class entitled, “You are how young?”

It was nice to see this consistency in the books. Here was a chapter I had not read for years, but it had two nice supportive sections to my overall Gorean Compass interpretation of the books.

But, the real reason Chapter 10 is important is because it marks the first point in the novels where we begin to understand the true nature of the Kur. This is obviously important to a symbolic interpretation of the conflict between the Priest-Kings and the Kur.

To me, this whole chapter reeks with symbolism. Even the slaver is not described as your typical Gorean man that overwhelms a female with his mere physical presence.

“Across the room, his back to me, bending over a shallow pan of water, with a towel about his neck was a small man. He turned to face me. He face was still the painted clown’s face, but he had put aside his silly robes, the tufted hat.”

Page 141 Captive of Gor

He was a small man, with his face painted as a clown. He is the mountebank that was displaying the Kur like a trained dancing bear for entertainment. He is the same man who tells Elinor that he engages in kidnapping young women for the noble reasons, of his own personal pleasure, and the furthering of “their ends, and the increasing of their profits.”

In another words, he is a scum bag. There are so many ways to describe this basic duality of man when you think of morality. We call things right or wrong, or good and bad, and we even acknowledge the dark side, and suggests it has cookies, to further lure us into its grasp.

The Gorean novels suggest that we see it as a conflict between the rational and the animal.

When we start out, being guided by our parents and then our teachers, we are introduced to the world of the rational first. Sure, little babies only want to eat and poop, and toddlers are little beasts, but the process begins to teach them basic human behavior.

The real dangerous animal nature is there though, inside them. In the books, Tarl goes through this process. He meets the Priest-Kings first, and comes to a full understanding of them and their nature in book 3. We first become aware of the animal side as “the others”, mysterious, but obviously evil. We know that some humans are serving them, without even understanding who or what they serve. And these humans usually come to a bad end, for example Saphrar of Turia, in Nomads.

Here in Chapter 10, the reader is introduced to the true nature of the others, and it is through the eyes of Elinor, a female slave, that it is done.

“Stop!” cried the man.

The beast looked at him, eyes blazing, its face drenched in blood.

“Obey your master! I cried. “Obey your master!”

The beast looked at me. I shall never forget the horror I felt.

“I am the master.” it said.

The man cried out and fled from the hut.

page 156 Captive of Gor

So, lets put my idea of this whole thing in its most simple form. The small man represents someone not in control of himself. He is not following a rational moral compass, and he isn’t pursing happiness by setting individual moral purposes and communal moral purposes. He is not bound by codes, and he certainly isn’t viewing his actions as having consequences that reach beyond his own selfish desires. Because of these weaknesses, he is not the master.

The idea that he dresses like a clown and he keeps the Kur in chains that the Kur can easily break when it gets into a feeding frenzy, shows how easy it is to fool yourself into thinking you are in control, when that is not the truth at all.

Those who know of what is called the “12 step” program, know that the first step is recognizing that the beast is, indeed, the Master. Until you recognize that, you can’t proceed any further down the path to recovery.

There are so many things that can be seen as “the Kur.” Addictive behaviors of all kinds are one example, and simple emotional impulses, such as anger, jealousy, selfishness, and lust are others. Even things that we normally view as positive are included in the animal side of our nature.

Love is a good example. Even though it is a non-cognitive word, we can argue that most of the emotions that we give that name to stem from deep rooted biological impulses, that were most likely evolution’s way of giving us some reason to stay as a mating couple long enough to raise this young human animal with such a large brain capacity.

So, there is a progression in the novels, as Tarl comes to understand the true nature of the Kur, and when he is in control of himself, he calls himself “Gorean”, and then he is ready to actually find common ground with the Kur, and “share paga.”

So, I wonder why John Norman chose to have this most revealing section in Chapter 10 take place in front of Elinor Brinton, and not Tarl Cabot.

I think it was because he recognized the importance of gender. We have talked about this before here. The moral Gorean compass works well for both males and females most of the time. What is the right azimuth for one, is usually the same for both, but not always.

There are times when we must look at things from the perspective of a female, and recognize the differences. This is why there were “slave girl” books in the series.

Elinor Brinton was battling her own demons in Captive of Gor, and she needed to learn some hard lessons, but she was also very much in a submissive situation. Aside from her own struggles, she was subject to the control and whims of Men. In fact, she was subject to the control and whims, in Chapter 10, of a small man, with the face of a clown, who fled in terror when he realized the beast had grown dangerous.

Here is a connection to Second Life Gor for us. Ever since the internet opened up the world of online Gor, females, much like Elinor, have been subject to the control and whims of small men. They are not always dressed as clowns, but they might as well be, and they do tend to run away and disappear at the first sign of trouble.

Here is the deal. If Gor is supposed to be a world dominated and run by males, those males need to be of a whole different type then the slaver in the hut.

I think every potential slave girl in Second Life should be required to read Chapter 10 of Captive of Gor.

The small man could talk the talk. He slapped her around, and made her lick his feet. She was like putty in his hands then, and she knew herself a slave.

But, when that beast was taking control, the little prick ran away in terror, and left her to deal with it. I know many who hear those words will be able to identify with the experience.

It really isn’t that bad a book as a Gorean morality tale. Elinor starts off as a bit of a spoiled bitch, too, but she meets real Gorean men such as Rask of Treve, and also, Tarl Cabot, himself. She learns to tell the difference between true dominance, and pretend dominance, and she is prepared to make the right moral choice when her time of testing comes.

The Men need to be able to look that snarling beast in the eye, as scary and large as it might be, and tell it that it is not the master. The females need to be watching these exchanges carefully, even if from their knees, and deciding who really is in control.

If you desire to be the slave of a Gorean man, make sure he is one, and not the kind that will flee the hut in terror when he realizes there is danger, or that everything does not happen solely to give him pleasure, or to further his ends, or to increase his profits.

In other words, hold us to High Standards. I don’t think any Kur is going to growl at me, and tell me he is my Master, and when not only my friends, and fellow Free hold me to high standards, but also the girls kneeling at my feet, that gives me the weapons I need to prove to him that, actually, I am the Master.

Walking the High Bridges

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 was held on April 11, 2019.

Tal and Greetings,

Last week, we talked about the necessity of individual moral purpose, and individual moral capacity in the pursuit of true happiness.

Conservative author, Ben Shapiro, in “The Right Side of History” tells us that there are two further elements that must be considered. He calls them Communal Moral Purpose, and Communal Capacity.
In the Wednesday night discussion from Glorious Ar, that I moderated on Gorean’s Portal Radio, the topic was community and was a sense of community important to finding happiness in Second Life Gor. Now, of course, that discussion was attended by a group of people with a very strong sense of community. They, after all, were giving up their evening to engage in a discussion designed to better understand and improve their Gorean community.

This is what we call, “preaching to the choir,” and much like this seminar, we rarely get the selfish and self-centered taker here.

Yet, despite that fact, it was amazing how person after person last night expressed the idea that it was the community involvement and interaction with like- minded Goreans that had enhanced their time here.

One female told of a year and a half involvement with a Second Life loner, who did not want to be involved with anything community related, and she said it was the most disconnected and unhappy period in her over one dozen years in Second Life Gor.

So, it seems Ben has a point when he suggests a communal purpose is essential to the pursuit of happiness. However, he is talking about the real world, and he is able to go back thousands of years to establish the history of community and discuss what might be, and what might not be beneficial communal moral purposes.

Obviously, any discussion of communal capacity is skewed by the differences between a real life community and an online community. I think we can put Ben’s book away after acknowledging the need for individual purpose and communal purpose, because the online community differs so drastically from the real life community.

We do not have thousands of years of history to study. We are basically making this up as we go along. Many younger people seem to have lost sight of that fact, and having been raised in the Age of Connectivity, they assume it has always been this way. I am sure that groups of early hunter/gatherers would access Google Maps on their ipads before setting out to hunt Wooly Mammoths, and most inter-tribal marriages were arranged on Caveman.Match. com.

Even though the internet has been around several decades now, it is still brand new stuff, and we aren’t really completely sure of its potential benefits, or of its potential dangers

Here are a few examples. We hear a lot about the idea of a new global world. In a real life situation, this is a dividing point. We have spoken in this seminar of the rise of tribalism in the RL world, and how the conflict between tribal and global thinking is a major issue.

Second Life Gor can best be described as a Global Tribe. In the past two weeks, listeners have tuned into GPR from 87 different countries around the world, and I would venture a guess that the majority of them would consider themselves “Gorean.”

Imagine, if you will, a commune set up , oh, maybe, on an island in the Florida Keys. People come there to recreate a Gorean society, and they come from 87 different countries. The logistical, communication, and cultural problems that would have to be overcome to make that work are immense, but this is what we have done here in Second Life Gor. We have shrunk the Earth to the size of our computer monitors, and we chat and interact each day with people that are not just far away physically, but sometimes on the other side of the planet. Automatic translators help with the language issues; the cultural differences exist mostly on the other side of the monitor, as we embrace a shared culture here, and we can exist here without food, or with “nam/nam” of G&S meals.

The ability to create this kind of Tribal/Global is unprecedented in human history. We have no frame of reference to study. As I said, Real life communities can look back on thousands of years of recorded history, and millions of years of unrecorded history to discover what worked and what did not work, but Second Life Gor has a mere dozen years of history to study to discover its mistakes and pitfalls to avoid.

Time is another problematic element of our community. In our Florida Keys commune, at least everyone would be in the same time zone. Sure, there would be night shift workers, and such, but, basically, the sun will rise and set at the same time for the whole community. The Internet community does not have that advantage, and time zones create a constant challenge to community building here.

Another problem we face here is a sense of entitlement. How many times have you heard the profile statement: “This is my SL, and I will do whatever I want.” This is a totally inaccurate statement, in the first place. It is Linden Labs’s SL, actually, and they could turn it off if they wished to do so. And unless you are a sim owner, paying Linden Labs, it still isn’t your Second Life Gor. Can you imagine a person arriving on our Florida island commune and claiming it was “His Gorean Island, and he will do whatever he wants?” We would throw him to the sharks without hesitation. Our internet community has to deal with those selfish people in a different manner.

Which leads us to the other problem. Dishonesty, deceit, and the fake courage of the online warriors sitting safely in front of their monitors safely insulated from any consequences for their behavior. Although lying and dishonesty could exist on our island community in real life, people simply would not be able to get away with what they do in Second Life. You could not be three people there at once, and you would not get very far pretending to be a female, if you were not one, and when you insult someone or act like a complete asshole, there might be some consequences that could not be avoided by clicking on a red X, and going about your business.

I think the important thing here is that we have done it anyway. Despite the problems of creating something totally new, and having to overcome language, time, and honesty problems, we have managed to create a community that is meeting many of the social and communal needs of people here, and helping them pursue that elusive happiness.

It is not an easy community to embrace. The standards are high, and excuses that work well in our rl lives do not carry as much weight here. Despite the fact that we bring our baggage from Earth with us here, we are slowly creating a Counter Earth approach to community building, and based on the discussion last night, many of us are realizing that some sense of communal purpose is essential to happiness.

It is, however, still the big kids playground. Second Life Gor is slowly evolving into a totally new and amazing creation. It has floundered around for a dozen years trying to find itself. We have approached it much as kids being given free rein in a candy store. We try this and we gouge on that, with no thought to what is good for us, and what might not be so good.

Now, we are starting to get some historical perspective. We can look at what has worked and what has not worked. We can examine the stories of those who came here, got it wrong, and left unhappy and frustrated with the experience.

There is a small and highly symbolic event in the book Outlaw of Gor that comes to mind this morning. Tarl mentions, early in his visit to Tharna, that unlike most Gorean cities, the high bridges of Tharna have guard rails. Tarl, still fresh from Earth, thinks this is one of the good things about the city. It is important, he thinks, that people be safe, and that they take no unnecessary risks, and the guard rails make sense.

Later, when the revolt takes place, and Tharna is restored to being a Gorean city, the guardrails are removed.

“One change that I find of interest, though I cannot heartily approve, is that the rails have been removed from the high bridges of Tharna. I had thought this pointless, and perhaps dangerous, but Kron had said simply, “Let those who fear to walk the high bridges, not walk the high bridges.”

Page 248 Outlaw of Gor

Entering our online community of Second Life Gor can be very much like walking the high bridges of Tharna. We are seeing that we must come here with not only an individual moral purpose, but with a communal one. We are being told that it is a place where we do not tolerate a lot of the weak and excuse ridden behaviors permeating our real life communities. It is being suggested that we can not just log on here, fuck around with people, and log off, and be happy. We hear people constantly calling us to a higher standard. Now, we are even suggesting that if you are not spending some of your time here working for the good of others, and creating a capacity for the community to grow and expand, you are not going to be really happy either.

I can very well see that entering online Gor, at this time of our development into something totally new and unique in human history, is a bit like walking those high bridges without guard rails, and I am growing a bit less patient, and a lot more hard, and I am thinking like Kron. I think those who are here with no moral purpose, and who reject the notion that they are part of the community and thus owe an obligation to it, and especially those fearful or reluctant to raise the bar, should not even be bothering to walk these high bridges with us. The first little bit of wind that comes along is going to blow them right off, and they are not going to find the happiness we are here pursuing.

A Moral Purpose

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 was held on April 4, 2019.

Tal and greetings,

Back last September, I gave a class called “The Pursuit of Happiness.” If you missed it, or do not remember it well, you should go to the Voice of a HoR blog and read it. Here is a brief summary.

We are entitled to pursue our happiness, but we are not entitled to have someone else obligated to provide it for us. It is a very strong message that it is on us, which is a very consistent idea in the Gorean novels. “Here looking for others to do our work” the books say, “we find only ourselves and an arrow of war.”

So, if we are entitled to pursue happiness, it seems sensible to look into what exactly happiness is and how will we recognize it if we should be successful in our pursuit of it.

I have sometimes gone to “Google” to get a definition of a word, but that does not work so well with “happiness.” The definition of happiness is given as “the state of being happy.” I do recommend as a side project to actually google happiness, and read some of the other definitions that pop up. It is a interesting journey that goes from Aristotle sounding like a Gorean by suggesting that happiness is found in balance, to a lexicon of various chemicals released in the brain. The chemicals are familiar, of course, to those of us with a little experience in certain aspects of BDSM. I do not know how you will fare in this Google exploration, but it did not do much to define “happiness” in a coherent way for me.

I did find something that made a lot of sense, and seemed especially apt for our Second Life Gorean experience and our chances of finding happiness here. Surprisingly, I found it, not in a Google search, but in an actual hard cover book. Yes, there are actually still such things available.

This book is called, “The Right Side of History, How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great.” It was written by Ben Shapiro, a conservative columnist and speaker. This certainly is not a “Gorean Philosophy” text. The author takes us on a 3,000 year journey through Western philosophy ending with our boy, Nietzsche. Nietzsche, as we have seen had a profound effect on the writing of John Norman, and you can see the connection between the following quote from Shapiro’s book and the “Why so hard/why so soft” quote from Marauders of Gor.

“That structure, he believed, had held man back; it was “slave-morality,” which sacrificed strength for weakness, which celebrated poverty and powerlessness.”

Page 119 “The Right Side of History”

However, Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, differs from the Gorean idea in a major area. He would argue that Moral Purpose comes from some supreme being, or creator, or God, if you will. I argue that the Gorean idea, while not needing to deny the existence of a creator, suggests that Moral Purpose must stem from the “hearts of men.” When Tarl talks to the High Initiate in Priest Kings of Gor, he is told that as long as we do right because of fear of punishment, and not because it is the right thing to do, we will never reach “man’s greatness.”

What Ben Shapiro and Gorean philosophy do have in common, however, is a sense of the importance of Moral Purpose in pursuing happiness. He lists four ingredients to happiness. First is Individual Moral Purpose, then individual capacity, Communal Moral Purpose, and Communal capacity. I am going to be talking about these four ingredients for happiness in the next several class sessions, and trying to relate them to our experience in Second Life Gor.

The first one is the easy one. We need a moral purpose for our participation in Second Life Gor, or we will not find true happiness here, and ultimately, our time here will be frustrating and unfulfilling. I am sure a lot of people are going to balk at that statement. We come into Second Life to have fun. We work hard in RL and Second Life is our escape. Who cares if we find our fun in purposeless activities or games?

Ah, all of those objections said, “Second Life” and not “Second Life Gor.” Certainly, there is nothing wrong with fun for the sake of fun. Goreans would be the last ones to deny anyone the pursuit of pleasure, or suggest there was anything wrong with it.

However, Second Life Gor is not an amusement park, nor is it, really, just a game.

In order to find happiness here, you are going to first need a moral purpose for being here. That is a very sweeping statement, and does not really restrict us as much as it might seem to do. What is a moral purpose? Well, it is anything that produces a positive result without doing harm to others.

We have often spoken of the myriad reasons that draw people to the Gorean experience, and we can easily see which are moral and which are not. If we come here to learn more about ourselves; if we come here to experience different kinds of male/female relationships, if we come here to find friendship and/or companionship to enrich our lives, these are all moral purposes, and pursuing them could lead to happiness.

If we come here to fuck with people; if we come here to pretend we are something totally different than what we actually are, with an underlying intent to deceive others, if we come here purely as takers, with no though of sharing or giving anything back in exchange for what we take, these are not moral purposes, and in the end, you are not going to find happiness.

The second part of this is individual capacity. If it is impossible for you to achieve your moral purpose, if is not an achievable moral purpose. Here is an example.

If your purpose, as a man, is to find out what it is like to be a female, so that you can better understand them, and better help them find their own happiness, that seems a valid moral purpose. What a thoughtful guy. However, a man can not come here, create a female avatar, fool people into thinking he is a female, and gain any insight into what a female actually feels or experiences. He does not have that capacity. And since he can not actually accomplish that purpose, all that is left is the deceit, and the dishonesty.

You can err also by directing that individual moral purpose to far outward instead of inward and going way beyond your own true capacity.. I might say my individual purpose in Second Life Gor is to change the whole culture, and to get everyone doing everything right, and make sure everyone is happy at the same time. That is not only beyond my capacity to do in the first place, it is also more concerned with the behavior of other people, than it is concerned with my behavior.

You might think I am saying, “know your limits.” when I speak of capacity, but I do not see capacity and limits as being the same here.. We are encouraged to set high goals, and to strive for not only the mountain top, but even the stars, but we can not do what is impossible to do, and our striving needs to be moderated by reality.

From the very beginning of my time in online Gor, I have been aware of purpose. My early experiences online woke me up to a lot of personal shortcomings. I felt I lacked true honor, and honesty and truth were things of utility to me, rather than sacred principles. I did not feel very comfortable in relationships, always sensing something was wrong in the dynamic. And I was not really happy , and was still actively pursuing it.

So, my individual moral purpose was self knowledge followed by self improvement. That has not changed, and it is still an on going journey of discovery. I have always been aware of those things that I had the capacity to change and a good sense of the things that I could not change.

And I can say without reservations, that my time in Online Gor has brought me happiness many times, and has encouraged me to keep pursuing it on a daily basis. It has led me to this seminar, and to relationships and friendships that now define my life, both here, and in RL.

I was very impressed with Ben Shapiro’s idea that individual moral purpose , and individual capacity were essential to the pursuit of happiness, and encourage you to think about what your purpose is here as well as if that purpose is within your capacity.

Looming beyond those thoughts is Communal purpose and capacity, and what it means to our pursuit of happiness, but we will save that for next week. For tonight, we shall leave it with individual purpose and capacity.

It is the Hard that Makes it Great

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 was held on March 28, 2019.

Tal and greetings,

I have been listening to an ongoing discussion the past couple of weeks. I won’t go into the details of how the issue began, but it was summed up in a debate on “why everything is the slave’s fault” when it should be “everything is the Free person’s fault.”

The first reaction was to find fault with the word “fault.” It seemed that fault finding was a rather empty pursuit, and “responsibility” is a much more positive way of viewing this.

Is it the slave’s responsibility, for example, to behave, or is it the Free’s responsibility to enforce discipline? That sounds like a more legitimate question.

In pondering my own response to that question, my thoughts drifted down to Earth again, and I began to give some thought to the idea of “group identity.” In this seminar, I have often attacked the very popular Earth idea of intersectionality. This idea is actually group identity on steroids.

The idea is that we are all the product of our various group identities. These things tend to define you, and even more exonerate you from a lot of personal responsibility. If you happen to be, say, female, Hispanic, gay, handicapped physically, and born to poor parents, all of those things are groups that intersect to create you, and if you are having trouble in life, it is because you are a victim of discrimination against one or all of your groups.

All my life, I have bought into a totally different view. I call it “The Draw poker” theory. I see each of those groups in the above sample as one of the cards a person has been dealt. Some are good cards, and some are not, but in the immortal words of “The Gambler”, “Every hand’s a winner, and every hand’s a loser.” You can discard your bad cards, and draw some new ones, and everything then depends on how you play your hand. And from time to time, you come across a story of a gay, Hispanic woman, from a poor family, in a wheel chair, doing something amazing and having overcome tremendous odds.

Obviously, the Gorean world involves much group identity. In addition to gender, sexual orientation, economy condition, race, place of origin, and all the other groups of Earth, we add Caste, and slave vs. Free, to the mix. Certainly, much of how we behave is going to be determined by our membership in those various groups.

However, the Gorean idea does not allow these group identities to become excuses. In fact, in typical Counter Earth fashion, our group identities become sources of pride. I said in a recent class that I am a big fan of “pride parades.” This is one of the facts of the Gorean Caste system. There wasn’t a lot of “class conflict” in Gor, because the low castes did not feel oppressed at all. I am proud to be a Free male, and proud to be from Caer Cadarn, and proud to be a Slaver. I am sure there are Free women, proud to be Free Women, and slaves proud of their collars and their skills and talents.

I am also proud that the world of Gor, that I so love, is totally free from the irrational group identities. An irrational group identity is actually one that has nothing to do with anything, period. The color of your skin, like the color of your eyes, or the color of your hair, is ultimately of no importance, and although you might be proud of your blond hair, or dark skin, it gives you no additional moral authority.

So, Gorean group identity can give pride, and dictate custom and behavior, and help to explain and understand personality, but it can never excuse failure, or justify bad behavior.

We do not do something wrong because we are female, and we do not make a mistake because we are a Free Man.

When I had gone through the above thought process, I realized that when I heard people talking about if it were the slave’s responsibility or the Free’s responsibility, I immediately saw the group identity problem with the question. And I knew the answer, too. It is the slave’s responsibility to behave, and it is equally the Free’s responsibility to discipline her, and insure that she does so.

It always comes back to the same thing. No excuses.

In Tarnsman of Gor, Marlenus makes a well known statement to Tarl Cabot, and I have never quite understood it before today. Here is what he says.

“Before the sword, ” he said, “there is no right, no wrong, only fact— a world of what is and what is not, rather than a world of what should be and what should not be.”

page 113-114 Tarnsman of Gor

Now, I used to argue that this quote was saying that Gor was about a realistic approach, and that there was no room for dreaming about what could be and what should be, and we need to stay grounded in reality. But, that misses the idea of “before the sword.”

Before the sword means before we were civilized, and before we had moved out of our animal beginnings and embraced a higher standard. Now, it is the time to dream. We need to be concerned about what should be, and what should not be. Once our primary daily goal was not mere survival, we began to address proper behavior. We are no longer a pack, we are now a community, and we should be striving to do the things we should do, and imagine even greater things that we might do.

This moral compass is not as complex as many like to imagine it. I know that out on the fringes of morality there are still many gray areas and we continue to debate and even fight over them, but there are many, many things that have fallen solidly into the middle ground of rationality and morality, and it is not rocket science. We usually know when we have done wrong, and we can usually tell when we do something right.

Like behavior vs discipline? It is the slave’s responsibility to behave properly, with exquisite beauty, and absolute obedience, at all times. If she fails to do so there are no excuses.

It is the Free’s responsibility to discipline and correct, and even more their responsibility to maintain personal high standards and consistent guidance. If they fail to do so there are no excuses.

This Gor thing is hard, my friends, when you do it right. You can’t blame others. You can’t use your status, or gender, or if you have freckles or not, to excuse your failures and your short comings. It is on you.

It is not any wonder that so few wish to embrace this idea, or even to roleplay it out. It is hard.

But, to me, and many of you, it is the hard that makes it great.

The Higher Order

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 was held on March 14, 2019.

Tal and greetings,

It is fun to take a passage from the books and try to get some understanding or symbolic meaning from it. This is not always an easy thing to do, however, because I realize that when a person does this, he sees things through the perspective of his own experiences and level of education. In other words, no two people are going to see the passage in exactly the same way, but that is the very thing that makes the process perfect for stimulating discussion.

Here is an example. In the book Nomads of Gor, there is an event that I have often thought about, and that I have used to make various points in many discussions over the years.

And yet, I am not really sure how to take it. It appears to be one of those contradictions that we hear about. I decided to give you my thoughts on it, but be aware these are “thoughts” and not conclusions, and I am going to be still digging deeper into it and eagerly hope for your thoughts on it.

It takes place in the City of Turia. Kamchak, who we learn later is the leader of the Tuchuks, is attending a banquet being hosted by a rich Turian Merchant. It is a very tense banquet because of the hostility between the Turians and the Wagon People, but Kamchak has a sort of diplomatic immunity for the event and is serving as a sort of ambassador on this night. Tarl attends the banquet with Kamchak.

The young, rich, and spoiled Free woman of Turia, named Aphris, is there, and there is a lot of interaction between her and Kamchak. Kamchak intends to enslave her eventually, and Aphris just wants to humiliate him.

In an attempt to accomplish this humiliation, Aphris summons a dancing troupe to entertain them at the feast. The dancing troupe is made up of captured Tuchuck girls that have become the slaves of the Turians. The girls come running into the banquet hall, to begin their performance, but when the leader of the girls sees Kamchak, she runs to him, and kneels in front of him. The dance Master is furious, and approaches the girl, raising his whip, but before he can strike her, Kamchak slips a hidden knife, a quiva, from his sleeve and throws it pinning the man’s whip arm to a post. Here is what happens next.

“Even I had not seen Kamchak throw the knife, Now, to my satisfaction, another of the blades was poised in his finger tips. Several of the men had leaped from behind the tables, including Kamras, but they hesitated, seeing Kamchak so armed. I , too was on my feet. “Weapons, ” said Kamras, “are not permitted at the banquet.”

“Ah,” said Kamchak, bowing to him. “I did not know.”

“Let us sit down and enjoy ourselves,” recommended Saphrar. “If the Tuchuk does not wish to see the girls, let us dismiss them.”

“I wish to see them perform.” said Aphris of Turia, though she stood within arm’s reach of Kamchak’s quiva.

“Kamchak laughed, looking at her. Then, to my relief, and doubtless to the relief of several at the table, he thrust the quiva in his sash and sat back down.

“Dance,” ordered Aphris.

The trembling girl before her did not move.

“Dance!” screamed Aphris, rising to her feet.

“What shall I do?” begged the kneeling girl of Kamchak.She looked not too unlike Hereena, and was perhaps a similar sort of girl, raised and trained much the same. Like Hereena, of course, she wore the tiny golden nose ring.

“Kamchak spoke to her, very gently. “You are slave, ” he said. “Dance for your masters.”

The girl looked at him gratefully and she, with the others, rose to her feet and to the astounding barbarity of the music performed the savage love dances of the Kassars, the Paravacci, the Kataii, the Tuchuks.”

Page 98 Nomads of Gor

One of the things we recognize about the Gorean world, and even take pride in, is it’s structure and order. I have been told many times that this is one of the attractions of it. There are rules and people know their place within the society.

Yet here are two examples of that order being challenged by a higher order.

First, Kamchak had brought a weapon into a place where weapons were not allowed. Later, he tells Tarl, that in a place where weapons are not allowed, it is wise to carry a weapon. Tarl takes this advice seriously, as we find out later in Marauders of Gor, when Tarl brings a weapon to the Skerry to meet the Kur, despite the fact it was agreed they would not bring weapons. Of course, this saves Tarl’s life on the Skerry.

There seems to be a message here. I have always been involved in this debate about a “higher order.” I remember being involved in a series of discussions on a Gorean message board with a man who insisted that right could be determined by popular vote. He often used this argument against me. He would claim that a majority of people agreed with him, therefore, that proved his opinion was the correct one. I think this is a very common belief system in our world today. I heard it expressed this morning on a newscast when a politician claimed that , “most Americans are not in favor of” some issue or another. The logic was that if most people were “in favor” of it, it had to be the right thing to do.

This way of thinking gives us way too much credit. History teaches us the danger of this method of determining right or wrong. There was a time when the majority of people in the world believed the world was flat and if you sailed to far out to sea, you would fall off the edge. However, despite the fact that a ‘poll” would have found 97% of the people believed it, it turned out to be wrong.

This whole process gives us way too much confidence in our laws and in our government, and I also think tends to take the moral burden off of us, and places it on society.

Perhaps, this is the message I should be taking from this incident. The idea of carrying a weapon where weapons are not allowed, might be the Gorean idea of personal responsibility. Ultimately, you can not rely on society or government, or rules and laws to determine what is “right”, and you also can not depend on them to protect you completely. It is always going to come back to you.

The other part of this is also interesting. The Tuchuk girl is a slave of Turians now. She wears their collar, and is subject to their control. Yet, when she sees Kamchak, she runs to his feet and kneels in front of him. Is this suggesting that their is a higher level of submission involved here that goes beyond legality and collars and ownership papers?

This higher submission is based on something more solid and real, and the Tuchuk girl is risking the whip to express it. Although nameless and a very minor character, she is one of my Gorean slave girl heroines. She was not going to listen to anyone else, or respond to any other commands or threats, until Kamchak had spoken. She knelt in front of him, and waited for his words.


Kamchak tells her to dance for her Masters though. I think this is important. He also puts his knife away and sits down, and claims ignorance of the no weapon rule, and apologizes.

I get the feeling that we are being given some very sound advice in this passage. First, we need to rise above the sheep level. We can’t let other people, even the majority, make our moral decisions for us. That is for sheep. I believe that there is such things as right, and good, just as surely as there are things that are just plain wrong and bad. it is our responsibility to search for them and to learn how to tell them apart., and we can’t pass that responsibility off to anyone else, or anything else.

However, we can not ignore the rules and laws completely. There is a process to effect change, and it would be just as wrong to stand alone as an outlaw defying order totally, as it would be wrong to be a sheep following along blindly and unquestioningly

Kamchak had his weapon hidden until he needed it. He only used it when a great wrong was about to take place.

And just as important, he told the girl to dance for her Masters, and she was grateful to him for doing so.

In the end, I think, Kamchak captured the city, and I am pretty sure those dancers were rescued and returned to the Wagons.

Martin Luther King once said that the arc of the moral universe curves very, very slowly, but it curves toward justice.

The Gorean world is a world of order, and structure, and rules, and laws, and customs, and traditions, and I love it for being that, but I never forget that it is also the world of reality, and truth, and a search for natural order. The structure exists to provide a framework for strong, and independent men and woman to be able to interact and co-operate with each other in a civilized manner. It does not exist to make us robots or mindless followers or minions. It does not exist to make us weaker either.

Sometimes, in a place where weapons are not allowed, we have to carry a weapon, and sometimes, despite legal papers, and the inscriptions on collars, a female must kneel in front of a Master she respects and trusts, and ask, “what should I do?”

Caer Cadarn Library and Research Center

As you step onto the docks of the Village of Caer Cadarn along the Delta Coast, you will see a seaside village like many others. Streets lined with market stalls, administrative and caste offices, and warm places for fellowship and conversation mark the entryway to this triad of sims. As you venture further into the heart of the village one building stands out among the rest. The Caer Cadarn Library and Research Center, located in the scribes’ hall in the center of the village is an exemplar of Gorean history and knowledge.

One of the pillars upon which the Village of Caer Cadarn and the House of Runo were built is that of education. Understanding and internalizing the philosophy of the Gor books is something the citizens and slaves of the Delta Coast strive for daily. Our commitment to this goal is evidenced by the exquisitely decorated atmosphere and the impressive collection of materials gathered all under this one roof. The library of Caer Cadarn is sure to become known as one of the best SL Gor has to offer.

As you enter on the first floor, you will see the general stacks. Each shelf contains endless amounts of factual information on a vast array of topics. Each shelf is neatly organized and labeled to allow patrons easy and quick access to the information they seek. Interspersed among the stacks are comfortable study desks where people can sit to read quietly or to come together and debate topics of Gorean philosophy.

The true jewel of this library lies in the collection of materials assembled on the second floor in the reference section. Here you will find all of the lectures given by the Administrator of Caer Cadarn, Gorm Runo and transcripts documenting the history of the village are located on this floor. Additionally, copies of the scrolls written by Master Luther, the writings of our very own Jarl Hrothgar, and the classes taught by Mistress Safira Sapphyre at the Gorean Campus are also a part of this historical collection.

Finally, as you make your way to the top floor you will come to the Caer Cadarn Library lecture hall and classroom. Elegantly colored cushions cover the floor, maps and other artwork adorn the walls, and the large windows make this a room ripe for learning and debate.

When asked about his vision for the library in Caer Cadarn, Master Gareth, head Scribe, said he “wanted something that would be the best of the available information for those who wish to know something of the depth of the philosophy” available. Given the massive amount of information available, it is clear that Master Gareth’s vision was brought to fruition.

“While I supervised the operation in terms of what was needed, what you see is my girl’s organizational skills. I am proud of her efforts,” spoke Master Gareth when probed about the building of the library. His slave, symphony, worked hard to help bring Master Gareth’s vision to life.

The Village of Caer Cadarn invites you to come see this amazing resource for yourselves. We, too, are very proud of symphony’s efforts and the dedication of Master Gareth to the vision of providing open educational resources to all members of SL Gor.

Gorean Compass – We Don’t Allow That Here

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.

Tal and Greetings

My class topic for today was intended to continue our discussion on tribalism and how it applies to Second Life Gor, but there was an incident that took place during my Tuesday radio show and was discussed at length again during the Wednesday night discussion broadcast on Gorean Portal Radio  (GPR).

I thought I might make a few comments on this today, and we can pick up the other topic again after our Holiday break next week.

During the radio show, and after reading a section from Dancer of Gor in which the girl narrating the story was reflecting that the feelings and emotions coming to her in the privacy of her room and the comfort of her bed late at night, would have been more appropriate in the past than in the present day.

I related that I had a conversation that very morning over my cup of Blackwine about the reports of children “coming out” as transgender at a very early age.   The point was not to make a value judgement of any kind on this, but rather to suggest the very idea that it was a topic of discussion showed how much the world has changed and how far from basic survival and safety our focus has shifted.

The comment caused a listener to post a response in GPR group chat almost immediately.  The first response was “WTF”   Followed by:  ” F— this and f— you”    This was followed by what is called “virtue signaling.”   The listener demanded to know how I could be so heartless and evil as to not want poor little innocent children to be safe.

I found this passage in the book  Mercenaries of Gor, and despite the typical use of big words and complex sentence structure that John Norman seemed so fond of using, it once again seemed an almost prophetic vision of the rise of the extreme Left in Western Society.

“——And this will always remain true, always, in its own place, and in its own terms, regardless of the lies taught to children, the restriction of educational posts to adherents, the pervasive propaganda, the selective allocation of grants, the denial of freedom and the suppression of alternative views, the furthering of approved opinions and careers, and the engineered distortions of language intended to subvert nature, language used as a conditioning device, to brainwash future generations and preclude the from access even to concepts and categories in which they might strive to understand reality as it is, as facts, and not as the preferences of weaklings, dazzled by abstractions, the celebrants of verbalisms, the devotees of the unnatural, the mindlessly contented victims of a priori absurdities would have it.  Nature is real.  Denying it does not make it go away.  To be sure some may derive comfort from pretending it does not exist. This comfort may be short-lived.  It is safer to deny the heat of fire than the truths of nature.”

Page 390   Mercenaries of Gor


I want everyone to read that slowly and closely when you have a chance, and do so right next to an Earth newspaper, or while watching a “News” program, or even while having Face Book open on your PC.   To put what he said in a simple way, it is possible for humans to be like sheep.  It is possible to condition and brainwash and dazzle and subvert and preclude people into believing things that are not true.  Things that are not real.

That is the divide that explains what happened in that group chat.  It has nothing at all to do with ideology or philosophy, or even preference.  It is really a tactic not a set of beliefs even.

The human story is a constant search for answers.  It is a search for what is true and what is false. It is a search for what is real and what is unreal.  And this one appeals to Goreans very much, a search for what is natural and what is unnatural.

The common denominator here is “search.”

But, the sheep are not interested in the search any longer.  They have found the answers, or been told the answers and now they are outraged at even hearing that a different opinion or belief could possibly exist.  They are offended at the existence of a contrary idea.  It would never occur to them to compose a well thought out and even courteous repudiation of the repugnant contrary opinion.  The very idea that such an opinion is held is an offense now.


Interestingly enough, the first thought was to yell “shame, shame, shame” and thus he posted that I had engaged in anti-LGBTQ speech on a public forum and should be shunned and avoided.

The topic of discussion last night was, “Has the Social Justice Culture War afflicting Earth come to Second Life Gor, and if so, should it?  And if so, what might we do about it?”

It was not quite the discussion I had anticipated because there were no Social Justice Warriors present to defend their position.  Yes, there were people who spoke of tolerance and acceptance.  Yes, there were people who argued for respect and courtesy and even diversity.

But, no one argued or spoke up for silence and the idea that Freedom of Speech is not the most basic of our Freedoms.  This is so deeply ingrained into our community here that “permission to speak” is one of the marks of slavery as clearly as brand or collar.   A slave asks permission to speak.  A Free does not ask permission to do so.

The chant rising up from the Earth is “Hate speech is not Free Speech”

Free Speech

But, trust me, my friends, Gor is on the other side of the sun for a reason.  It is the “Counter Earth” for a reason.

Here is how it works here.  We are polite.  We are courteous to an extreme.  We have the tolerance of people who are very big on “live and let live”, and mostly don’t care that much about what others are doing if it doesn’t directly impact us.  Any one is welcome, really, among us, who wishes to join us in our explorations and searches for truth, regardless of who they are or what preferences or beliefs they might hold.

But, we won’t stand for being silenced.  We won’t be told that there are thoughts, ideas, searches for truth that won’t be allowed because some member of some alphabet soup group will be offended by it.

And this is not a question of rp or lifestyle.  It is what Gor is and what its author intended it to be.  It is not really giving us answers.  Most times it is not even suggesting that it knows what those answers really are.  It is giving us the questions.  It is opening our minds to alternatives and allowing us to freely and openly explore them.


This whole incident was actually very pleasing to me, because it reinforced my sense that there really is a Second Life Gorean community out there.  It is very tribal in nature.

One of the slaves even pointed out the great wisdom of the old Gorean saying, “The first one to say “Fuck You” loses the argument.”      And this poor guy started the argument with that.

And we aren’t going to stand for that here.  That is Earth.  This is Counter Earth.  We need to be a whole lot better than that.  We better come armed with the swords of truth, and the spear of rationality.   I don’t think the insanity of Earth is going to come into our community because I don’t think we will tolerate it.  And remember, the insanity is not really found as much in the issues themselves, as in the refusal to examine them honestly and openly, and defend them the same way.