the layman's guide to multiplicity : preface
aka, being plural, v 1.0, the loose guide in conversation by the
Seth: Okay. One thing that we suspect we'll be hearing soon
is the following question:
What makes you think you and your contributors can talk about
plurality and make a guide?
Luka: You'd think that being plural would be enough qualification--
Lucas: Ah, no though, since the plural groups out there
are all scattered. I know we wouldn't want a survivor-only standing
up and saying that -this- is the definitive way of things, would
Lucas: However, we still have the problem that general ideas
and conclusions are not being collected. Neither is a very, very
general guide for people to research themselves with, plural or
Seth: So you're saying this is a necessary evil?
Lucas: Yes, it is. We have to make generalizations to a
point and specifics past that while still trying to cover all sides--looking
for the common grounds if any. Other groups have also started things
like this and we thank them for their inspirations to us. You see,
this isn't a project that's -ours-, it's taken from what everyone
else is doing out there. We don't own the guide and I don't think
we ever could.
Luka: We're going to step on a lot of toes, but what else
can be done?
Lucas: And it's easier than explaining the whole overview
to people again and again every time we try to talk to them about
Luka: That too.
Lucas: But we're -trying-, which is the point, and we're
trying to do something for the group overall. If you want my opinion--I
heard that, Luk--then more people should think about doing
things like this before they resort to criticizing.
Luka: I grew up with the illusion that multiples would want
or be able to work together, and it's very bitter to find out that
they're just as bad as any other group.
Janus: You'd think that having a common goal would unite
Luka: But there -is- no common goal, just like the people
from the lists we read said, so we don't even have that.
Malik: The downside--I'm sorry, can I break in here? Thanks.
*laugh* The downside is that in doing so, we have to reveal that
we are also plural, meaning that we look naturally as if our information
is skewed. We also run the risk of losing our friends, our reputations,
everything... just by trying to help as we can.
Seth: Are you unhappy about this?
Malik: *laughs again* It's not really up to me, is it?
Seth: Ok, anyone else?
Aerin: Look, a lot of groups out there have to do the same
thing, but it's safer to be more impersonal about it, this is a
plural site, yadda yadda. We've added the personal references when
we're not being plurals, just people, friends of yours or enemies
or stuff but it's still what we have to do. Y'know? That multiplicity
isn't just in a corner off in the world, like women's rights or
homosexuality or stuff, it's right here with you.
Janus: That was a really strange pair of comparisons, Aerin.
Luka: I don't like it. I don't like how this guide or even
this site can place us under scrutiny and attack. Not just from
the multiple community either who don't like us and want to lash
out, but from our friends. And do you think I savor the idea that
people will take the easy excuse to dismiss my ideas just because
they can also call me insane in the same breath?
Lucas: Right--it sounds like we've degraded back to an anti-coming
Luka: *something quiet in response*
Aerin: *overhearing* Whoa! Let's break for coffee. C'mon.
- fin, temporarily