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Why We Use the Term "Mundane"
In the early years of the online vampire community, there were many terms in use for describing non-vampiric people. Some of these terms included "mortal" (which implied that we were immortal), "human" (which implied that we were...well...something else), "nil" (which implies...braindead? or something...) and "normal" (which implied that we were abnormal or perhaps in need of psychiatric care). Because most of us do "mundane" things like pay bills, have doctor visits, go to work, etc., something that wouldn't generate such a wildly innacurate picture of us was needed.
I proposed the term "mundane" back in either 1998 or 1999 - based upon it's already established usage in other communnities - as a less inaccurate term to describe anyone who is not a vampire. I based my proposal on a similer usage within an organization called the Society for Creative Anachronisms, which is linked below. It had the advantage of already working, and working well, for general SCA usage, and I saw no reason it couldn't work equally well for the vampire community. It also has the advantage of not directly implying anything about one's vampiric nature to anyone who may be "listening in".
Unfortunately, with the rapid growth of the online community, many of the newer people never saw, or have forgotten, the original messages detailing the original reason the term was introduced. As a result, there are rumors or complaints on various message boards that "mundane" actually means that we consider ourselves "superior" to non-vampires, when that is not the real meaning. So, let us take a look at what the term "mundane" really means, once and for all. For sources, we have our choice of the following:
As you can see, none of them imply "superiority" per se - only being different (or "special" as per one definition, but don't most people think they're special in some way?), and to set members of a specific group apart from those who are NOT part of that group. General usage of the term "mundane" is NOT meant to be insulting, and it's often easier to say or write than "non-vampire(s)".
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