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Spirit of the Monastery

by aufrank (Pilgrim)
on Aug 08, 2002 at 16:52 UTC ( #188642=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

hey all--

One of the things that makes Ultimate my favorite sport to play is a clause in the official rules regarding the Spirit of the Game. It is this clause that allows all Ultimate, even high-level competitive games, to be adjudicated by the players themselves. Many feel that this is one of the defining points of Ultimate, and I tend to agree.

It occured to me that we rely on a similar spirit-driven system, and so I present for your approval:

Spirit of the Monastery:

Perlmonks relies upon a spirit of fellowship which places the responsibility for brotherly conduct on the individual Monk.

Highly opinionated and informed contributions are encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among Monks, adherence to the agreed upon rules of the Monastery, or the basic joy of perl.

Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate adverse conduct from the Monastery.

Such actions as taunting of other Monks, aggression in posts, belligerent intimidation, intentional disrespect, or other self-aggrandizing inconsiderate behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Monastery and must be avoided by all Monks.

Just Another Perl Monk,

with many thanks to the excellent folk at the UPA for inspiring the form of this declaration with section 1.B. of the 10th Edition Rules

Spelling fix at author's request - dvergin 2002-08-29

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Re: Spirit of the Monastery
by vladb (Vicar) on Aug 08, 2002 at 18:28 UTC
    Hey, a really nice plaque there and pretty good words. Just a few things to add to the last paragraph:

    Such actions as taunting of other Monks, aggression in posts, belligerent intimidation, intentional disrespect, excessive mentioning of the XP system or other self-aggrandizing inconsirderate behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Monastery and must be avoided by all Monks.

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Re: Spirit of the Monastery
by BorgCopyeditor (Friar) on Aug 08, 2002 at 23:14 UTC

    We could also adopt some secularized version of the Benedictine Rule:

    • Poverty (check!)
    • Stability (been sitting in chair for 4 hours, check!)
    • Chastity (erm, ... )

    OK, maybe not. But Benedict had some good ideas, all the same.

    BR 2:25-26

    25With the undisciplined and restless, <the abbot> will use firm argument; with the obedient and docile and patient, he will appeal for greater virtue; but as for the negligent and disdainful, we charge him to use reproof and rebuke. 26He should not gloss over the sins of those who err, but cut them out while he can, as soon as they begin to sprout, remembering the fate of Eli, priest of Shiloh (1 Sam 2:11-4:18).

    --Your punctuation skills are insufficient!

      Saint Benedict's Rule (circa 547 AD) is often more appropriate here.

      If any pilgrim shall come from distant parts with wish to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs of the place, and does not by his lavishness disturb the monastery but is simply content, he shall be received for as long as he wishes.

      If, indeed, he shall find fault with anything, and shall expose the matter reasonably and with the humility of charity, the Abbott shall discuss it with him prudently lest perchance God hath sent him for this very thing.

      But, if he shall have been found contumacious during his sojourn in the monastery, then it shall be said to him, firmly, that he must depart. If he will not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God, explain the matter to him.

        Very nice quote, though there's one thing I don't understand:

        If he will not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God, explain the matter to him.

        Hmm, "stout." That means, like, "able to explain stuff really well," right?

        --ResistenceResistance is futile.

Re: Spirit of the Monastery
by bilfurd (Hermit) on Aug 09, 2002 at 19:56 UTC
    An excellent suggestion. The people you mentor today could be your co-workers (or boss) in the future.

    Excellent research on the Benedictines, by the way. I'll throw in the following for what it is worth: Zen monks get "massaged" with a stick (keisaku) when their discipline lapses. A monk could get himself "massaged" 40 times just for falling asleep while meditating. The noise from the flattened end is supposed to help keep the other monks alert.

    Training day for new monitors must be rough on the students, though...

Re: Spirit of the Monastery
by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor) on Aug 09, 2002 at 15:14 UTC
    I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that the Ultimate office is on Pearl Street?

    So, just what is Ultimate? I would think that page would have a brief description, or better pictures.

      Take a look here for a description of how to play the game. It really is quite fun with a good group of players.

      mr greywolf
Re: Spirit of the Monastery
by Erez (Priest) on Jul 28, 2016 at 12:56 UTC

    There should also be a reference to the game of Cricket, which includes, in the actual "Laws" (the official rulebook of the International Cricket Council), a clause about the Spirit of Cricket:

    Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself.

    Principle of Least Astonishment: Any language that doesn’t occasionally surprise the novice will pay for it by continually surprising the expert

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