I keep having the same conversation with nikulai (and a few other people, but he comes to mind first). It's on the nature of service, and the different motivations thereof. He thinks I'm on crack rock on this one, but hasn't convinced me of that.
See, the way I see it, there are two reasons one might do work/service/etc for the SCA. The first is you're just that noble a person, and you really want nothing more than to help out. I know people like this, I admire them greatly, and I'm not one of them.
The second reason is that you do work/service/etc because it's almost incidental to some other goal you have - you want a camp to stay in at Pennsic, so you offer to run it, or your art is cooking, so you want to plan a feast.* Still, in this example, service to Barony/Kingdom/SCA is NOT actually the point of your actions in this example, whether it happens or not.
I suppose the third reason might be you're doing it for glory, but honestly I think my rose colored glasses are thick enough and tinted enough that for the purposes of this conversation
Anyway, so my question is this - does the motivation behind someone's service *really* matter? I mean, the results are theoretically the same in either case, assuming competence etc in whatever it is one is doing. Still, I can't help but believing reason 1 is somehow *better*/more worthy than reason 2....
*I use these examples because they're mine, as I don't want to get into some brouhaha over saying somone else's service isn't service. As I don't know anyone's motivations but my own, well, I can't say that in the slightest.