January 15, 2011
First and most importantly, I wanted to thank you, Mr. Stanton, for writing The Gnoll Credo. Having read it, It's become an odd sort of milestone in my life.
I've been a big fan of the concept of gnolls for years, since I was told what they were by a friend of mine. Recently, I'd been looking for more material on them, something more substantial than the occasional entry in a roleplaying game manual. So, looking about, finding next to nothing, I happened upon a link to your Gnoll Credo. I ordered it a little before christmas, as a gift to myself, and received it several days after the holiday.
I have to say, having read it repeatedly, it's changed my views on a lot of things. The feeling of the human race being in a rut's been there with me for a while... but... before, I could never really tell what it was. Now, I see what's wrong. Being born into this era of pencil-pushing and drudgery, it all just seemed... normal to me. Not natural, but just what we do. But having read TGC, I've realized that this isn't right. Not at all.
But... I'm still figuring out what to do about it. Right now... I'm just working on my life. Later... The world, I hope.
But, again, thank you. I wanted more on Gnolls, and I got that, and much, much more.
February 22, 2010
I went through a similar process after writing TGC.
Frankly, I was scared of it, because Gryka stated so many things so plainly that I could no longer ignore or rationalize them. Sure, most of them were things I knew, or suspected: but I had never put them together before. And it took me a long time to understand the consequences: the Epilogue went through more drafts than the rest of the book combined, because I was still discovering and integrating new knowledge for perhaps a year afterward. It is not an exaggeration to say I was revising and polishing up until the moment the files went to the printer.
Who knew a hyena-woman would have so much to teach us? Well, we've been listening to distinguished-looking men in expensive clothes for millenia, and somehow they still own and run everything and we still live like cattle...
I'm still learning and moving forward, and I will continue learning and moving forward until I die, most likely with much left undone. Hazrah nachti. Yet we have a direction to move in, and we have a place here where we can speak freely about the joys and challenges of reclaiming our future as humans and post-humans, and that is something more than we have had before.
"Now, I see what's wrong. Being born into this era of pencil-pushing and drudgery, it all just seemed… normal to me. Not natural, but just what we do."
Exactly. You can domesticate humans, but you can't make us enjoy or desire our captivity.
Thank you for sharing your experience here: it means a lot to me to know that I've successfully communicated some small part of what I've learned from Gryka. Please continue to do so.
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