Apparently, and to my great surprise, as if Caledon does not already have enough issues that are dividing us, there is now a controversy concerning the usage of titles in Caledon. sighs deeply in sorrow So I have decided to repost this comment I had made on Lady Lavendar's blog regarding this issue, to more publicly air my opinion on the matter.
First, it should be noted, as far as Caledon goes, Des supports, and even encourages the usage of titles. One only has to read the Caledon covenant. He created the Duchies. He recognized my brother and me as Baron and Baroness before we arrived to Caledon, and after arriving in Caledon, he noted us with our titles as such in the covenant. Indeed, one of the streets of Victoria City Des named "Bauerhoff"...that is the name of my baronial title. Desmond created the Duchies, he named Kamillah Hauptmann as Vicerein. And as you noted, he gives us the title "Aristocrat" when we join the Caledon group.As Desmond is the owner of Caledon, and it is primarily *his* vision of Steampunk Victoriana to which we are drawn, if he wants titled nobility and gentry in Caledon, that is *his* call.
Now, if we personally choose to take, or not take, a title...that is accordingly *our* call. I will not look down upon a person who prefers not to have a title. I only expect the same respect from that person towards me for choosing to wear one. The whole idea of SL is one of fun and rp. We are, for the most part, what we can't be in rl...Fey, Nekos, Furries, Vampyres, ...and the titled..., etc. If we are going to discriminate against a person because they choose to wear (or not wear) a title, then who are we going to discriminate against next, just because they don't rp the way we want to rp? If everybody in Caledon lived by this motto, "Live your own life freely, without seeking to harm others", this whole brouhaha about whether Caldonians should where titles would vanish. Live and let live.