The People of The Home Stone

The Gorean Compass is a class given every Thursday by Master Gorm Runo.  Classes are held at the Gorean Campus and are given at noon and 6pm SLT.  All are encouraged to come and join in the amazing discussions.  This class was held on September 20, 2018

Tal and greetings

Today is the final day of this seminar. I have called it: “The Gorean Compass, The Next Generation.” That was because it was the second series of talks that have found their way onto our blog. I mention this because several of the sessions dealt with the concept of Home Stone. I have been speaking over the past couple of weeks of my personal three most influential passages in the Gorean novels, and today’s final one deals with Home Stones.

This past summer, my home village found and placed their Home Stone and it would be a good idea to go back over some of the sessions held during that period. We talked about the three levels of Home Stone, and we talked about the seriousness of the concept and I think you would enjoy re-reading those posts and once again reflecting on the importance of the Home Stone idea to the Gorean.

The passage that I am going to speak of today comes from Raiders of Gor in the chapter titled “What occurred one night in Port Kar.” I say “passage”, but that isn’t exactly accurate. The whole chapter is the passage. Here is a brief summary of the chapter.

One night, word reaches Port Kar that the combined fleets of Cos and Tyros are bearing down on the city. Immediately, panic breaks out, and people begin to flee the city. The major captains are taking their ships and treasure and slaves and leaving. Tarl, perhaps recalling already his lost honor, questions why no one will stand and fight to defend their home. He realizes that no one is thinking of making a stand because Port Kar does not have a Home Stone. It is the only major Gorean city that does not have one.

When he asks his men if Port Kar might actually have a Home Stone, they laugh at him. Everyone knows, they tell him, that Port Kar does not have one. Then, one of his Captains speaks and suggests that maybe Port Kar does have a Home Stone. Tarl agrees and says that maybe it has not yet been found. He sends a slave boy named Fish out to find a rock, and when the boy brings him back a fist sized stone, he carves the initials of Port Kar onto it with his knife and holds it up. The men accept it as their Home Stone, and the word quickly spreads through the city and people stop their panicked fleeing and began to cheer and sometimes cry with the powerful emotion of, finally, having one.

Tarl goes to the Counsel of Captains building and a large crowd gathers outside, and when Tarl goes out and holds up the simple rock, the people explode with joy and emotion. And of course, the city is saved.

In the course of the chapter, there are some questions asked. I want to talk about those questions today.

“It was true. Port Kar, of all the cities on Gor, was the only one that had no Home Stone. I did not know if men did not love her because she had no Home Stone, or she had no Home Stone because men did not love her.”
Page 250 Raiders of Gor

The rest of the chapter answers that question. It is obvious from the events of the night that men did love the city once it did have a Home Stone. On my radio show this week, I was reading from an essay by an early online Gorean named Marcus of Ar. He claimed Gor was all about love. I think he was spot on with that. I have talked about the idea that the biggest difference between Earth thinking and Counter Earth thinking is the idea of turning inward to the center and working out from there. You can see this difference on every level. Earth thinking is concerned, too often, about who other people are and what they are doing. Gorean thinking is concerned with self, and who and what you really are.

That is why we talk so much of personal responsibility. It is also why the Gorean world does not have the massive problems with race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation that are tearing Earth society apart. The Gorean is going to be concerned with his race, his ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, and not really give much of a damn about someone else’s. And he will have pride. It is said that the most proud Caste on Gor is the one with the lowest economic status. The Caste of Peasants consider themselves the most important one of all. They are “the rock on which the Home Stone rests.”

My more liberal minded listeners will be surprised by this next statement. As much as I decry the victimization and intersectionality so common on Earth, I like to see such things that tend to upset some of my fellow conservatives. I love to see “Black Pride” month or “Italian Pride” days. I love St. Patrick’s day parades, and I even salute people who march openly to proclaim “Gay Pride.” That seems to me to be pure Gorean thinking. Do people, I ask, not love themselves because they have no Home Stone, or do they have no Home Stone because they do not love themselves. If Gor is about love, it is going to have to start with loving yourself, and work out from there.

The second question?

“How does a city obtain a Home Stone?” I asked.
“Men decide she shall have one,” said Tab.
“Yes, I said, “that is how a city obtains a Home Stone.”
Page 251 Raider of Gor

Once again, it is on us. We make this decision to change our thinking and we make the decision to become Goreans, the people of the Home Stone. This exists on every level. We make the decision to turn inward and begin to love and have pride in who and what we are, and we make the decision to accept our responsibilities for our slaves, our communities, our families, and to humanity itself. In the cave of Torvald in Marauders, Tarl says it is on us, and those like us.

And here is the quote that touches me the most deeply.

“There were great cheers, and cries, and shouts, and the lifting of torches and weapons. I saw men weep. And women. And I saw fathers lift their sons upon their shoulders that they might see the stone.”
Page 257 Raiders of Gor

From the first day I read this chapter, right up to this morning when I reread it to finish up this talk, I sensed that contained within it was the secret of Gor. Long ago, after reading it, I went outside and walked around my yard. Laying buried in the dirt and covered by weeds was a simple stone. I dug it out and cleaned it, and with a knife, carved a letter “G” and placed it on the mantle of my fireplace.

And I was with some friends and fellow believers this summer, when a simple slave girl named “lildevil” walked down to the edge of the marsh at Caer Cadarn, and came back with a simple stone. And men, and women, held it in their hand and said. “I accept the Home Stone of Caer Cadarn.”
I spent a lot of time deciding on the other two passages to call my favorite and most influential, but this chapter was a no brainer.

I want to end by thanking everyone who was involved in this seminar for the past year. Especially, the ones that attended and commented and even disagreed with me. I want to thank the people who built the Gorean Campus, and those that stepped up to keep it alive and growing. Marcus of Ar said Gor is about love. And he mentioned, the love of truth. That love is what I have tried to express here.

I would like you to take this opportunity today to critique how well this has been accomplished. What do you think of this seminar, and do you think we should continue to explore the Philosophy of Second Life Gor? Do you think this format of “short talk followed by discussion” works well? What changes should be made, and what topics should we pursue?

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