Tired? Poor? Yearning to catch a clean breath?  Come on over.

I was having more fun than usual on Saturday, July 17, when I wrote that day’s entry, but as is so often the case when I’m having too much fun, I am one of the few who’s thoroughly entertained. The First Document was supposed to be a mere draft (and was, in fact, a mere draft).  I thought that you, my brilliant readers, would chime in to add to the draft and amend it, or would engage me in debate over the founding ideals of the New Nation.  Can it be that everyone is actually satisfied with their current lot in life and thus has no need to move, ideologically or otherwise?  Or are these ideals so perfect that they inspire no argument? 

One reader did privately upbraid me for following Ideal 8, We love other people no matter who they are as much as we love ourselves, with Ideal 9, You can’t be boring, which she argued was not only a jarring, clumsy way to phrase Ideal 9, but also contradicted Ideal 8.  “I would stop reading immediately,” the reader said, “and would dismiss the writer as a nincompoop.”   I asked that gentle reader to please say that in writing, but she said it was too much trouble.

Well, we want no trouble in the Transcendent New Nation, or as little as possible. 

Perhaps I should have said, “No one is boring,” but that’s certainly heading down a prickly path. For some people, nearly everyone and everything is boring. Those people should strongly consider making an ideological move, but not to the Transcendent New Nation. We’re one of the few nations on the planet that is presently considering an open immigration policy, but I’m wondering if we ought not set some standards, so as to avoid an invasive element of arrogance.  On the other hand, some argue that standards smack of elitism. And yet, to my mind, all residents of the Transcendent New Nation are elite.

One dear reader commented via Facebook that he read the query about governance with interest, especially Tenet 10, People find ways to accommodate themselves without poisoning the garden: 

“I refer to the practice of ‘etiquette’ in musical jams,” said my Facebook friend. “I think of music not as an end in itself, but as the (oh, so satisfying) sound of the essential activity, which is the group consciousness, the cooperation, collaboration and mutual support, which is expressed in the ceremony (sacrament) of music making. The balance between satisfying our own individual tastes and talents, and being flexible and courteous in building the collective, is the accommodation of self without poisoning the garden. That is to say, respect for musical civility.”

This is an important point to establish, I think, as the Grand Annual Reunion of the 12 Tribes of the Transcendent New Nation is about to transpire. The first council (see Richard’s July 18 comment on Nation Building, Part 1) of the New Nation is sure to convene at some point during the Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia, August 4-8. 

My friend also asked me if Banjerland is a province of the Transcendent New Nation, and of course, it is.  More about that later.