|Greater Than His Institutions
Amtgard is a vehicle for recreation, and many often lose sight of that. The Corpora of laws, and the rulebook of play are only guidelines to aid in the interaction between the people who do come to Amtgard for recreation. The ideal purpose of government is to serve the people, not the other way around. Some of the great philosophers have said that "man is greater than his institutions." No rulebook can cover every possible situation and no person should be bound by constraints that he or she feels are in conflict with his moral standards. All the good ever done on this planet has been accomplished by people who stood up and dared to make their mark.
This Corpora is an offering of service. Its many contributions were made by people who cared to contribute and who had the competence to make their ideas take shape. It is not engraved in stone. People, their relationships, change. Amtgard will change and hopefully, with the contributions of its best, it will prosper and grow. The pages within contain an offering of ideas and service, and, I believe, there is quality and care here.
However, it would be a gross presumption to state that any body of laws has any real precedence over the thinking and activities of a human being, for these same laws were only make by humans. Only a tyrant would attempt to force "the law" upon an unwilling person, and only a coward would submit to such treatment. He who would create must stand on his own two feet. We must monitor our own thoughts and actions if we are to build anything positive in our lives, our relationships, and that unique corner of the world that we call "Amtgard".
[ This 'article' is a copy of Aramithris's introduction to the Amtgard Corpora. We're quoting from that document and not from anything he submitted to e-Samurai. ]
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