October 21, 2021 at 1:04 pm #41836
Quintus Marius BestiaDenarii: 𐆖 532.10PlebeiusScandia
This is a personal thought piece of my own in regards to both the current and upcoming elections. All expressed opinions are my own.
As we enter into a new election period, we enter the last stages of our mandate period and administrative year MMXXI. Behind us, we leave quite a bit of a mixed bag. These are my thoughts on the year that has been, and the year that will come.
As for the year that has been, I am incredibly grateful to have met so many new citizens and people with a shared interest, both through Discord chatting and through Forum Romanum. I am likewise grateful to have been working alongside my colleagues in Societas Constantia. However, as we all may agree, this past year has been a little up and down from time to time.
We continue to see periods of extended magisterial absence, leaving the lower echelons of power clueless as to how to face inquiries of both citizens and non-citizens alike, since we ourselves do not have much in terms of administrative power. I have served as Quaestor during a portion of this year, and I have continually encountered people who wonder as to why they have not heard back from a higher magistrate, and have not been able to give a good response, because, as you may be aware, there has been next to no communication prior to a period of AWOL. This is the main issue, not that life happens, but that we do not let each other know when life happens and we need help, in this, we need to recommit and rethink.
Thus far, the best way I have discovered to rattle people awake is criticism, either on Discord or here on the Forums. It is unfortunate that I have felt the need to become the resident complainer in our republic, but it has proven very effective in getting responses from our magistrates. It is certainly curious that one’s own image is more important to some than repeated public or private inquiries. In this, we need to recommit and rethink.
We continue to hear of back-room communication between magistrates and other “prominent citizens” in regards to decisions about our republic, yet we ourselves never hear of their content or their outcome. This to me is not only worrying, but also highly against the spirit of magisterial transparency. We currently have an elite, established top class of citizens who are running the republic behind closed doors. Like it or not, this will continue to be the case moving forward as well. This is unacceptable in a republic founded upon shared principles and the Roman community. To contrast, there has been little communication in terms of progress and processes going on within the magisterial team. In this, we need to recommit and rethink.
Earlier this year, when Societas Constantia posted our list of suggestions following a long period of magisterial absence and failure to properly utilize the Lex Aurelia, we were told that what was instead needed was a strengthening of activities, not of new lex to make sure people stick to their sworn responsibilities. In the past year, I have created several such initiatives, Forum Romanum, Legio Bibliotheca, Narrating The Web and Societas Constantia, however, ironically enough, I have received nothing in terms of support for these projects, not even for Forum Romanum which has been a great success and the only structured meeting place for citizens in years outside of irregular communications. Some of these initiatives have received no interest as well, which of course is not due to a lacking support but of myself not promoting these enticingly enough.
As for the year ahead, I urge our old and experienced citizens to think twice before running for office again. Will you act differently this time? Will you listen to the people this time?
If we do not rethink and recommit ourselves, we will continue in the same cycles we have seen historically. There are plenty of new and fresher citizens who participate in the republic on a nearly daily basis who are willing to step up and take initiative, several of which I have spoken to during this year, but sadly also several of which have in the end lost interest or moved on to other organizations in their pursuits. Ask yourselves, do you wish the republic to be more than a private interest group for a couple of people with a citizenry attached for good measure? Or do you wish to make the coming year a total overhaul of how we approach our missions and responsibilities? You have a duty, not only as the ones with the most experience, but as Romans, to firstly consider your duties towards the Roman community and to our Gods, before your own desires. Again, I urge you to recommit yourselves and rethink, or to make way for people who are willing to commit themselves to these responsibilities and positions, and to advise them in their pursuits.
I would also like to reach out to our Collegium Pontificum, and implore all recently elected pontiffs to likewise step out of obscurity and start again involving yourselves in public affairs in regards to our Sacra Publica. Every day it is kept stalled; another day the contract with the Gods is not upheld. Why isn’t anyone reacting to the concerns of supposed Camillus, the future of the Sacra Publica, believing they have been and are being unjustly treated? Why is no religious official interacting with citizen inquiries in regards to the CDR? Why have 0 plans been announced and no vision been given after the elections? You were chosen and your election approved by the Gods for a reason, now step up to the responsibility.
For the year ahead, we must recommit ourselves, and we must rethink. If we are not willing, it is time we made a place for those who will. It is time our elite steps out from their private meeting rooms into the light of the public. It is time magistrates assume responsibility and accountability towards the people and to each other. It is time our CDR is restored. Our community carries great potential, but it is not enough to keep repeating that this is the case, we must likewise seize this potential and make the best out of it. We must become leaders who will LEAD with Constantia and Iustitia, and who will BE ACCOUNTABLE through pietas and honestas.
The Gods and the people are watching.
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