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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

Condemnation of memory

the fool by autumn skye morrison
Someone is pulling your strings. You'd be a fool to accept that.

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain used the word "nigger" extensively. Every once in a while when someone tries to ban the book, that's one of the first reasons people give.

What they don't tell you is that the only adult male who shows honor and character is Jim, the escaped slave. Or the struggling that Huck does as he decides that friendship and honor are more important than the law.

Or that the word was very common in that time.

Never mind that Twain pretty much invented modern American literature with this book. It uses words that are unacceptable by modern standards. It must be hidden so as not to offend. It must not been seen in public. It must not be mentioned. We must protect the people.

Mark Twain used his work to make you think about how people treated people. But we're not supposed to see that.

You'll be told what to read. You'll be told when to read it. You'll be told what to say.

But no thinking allowed. No asking questions. That. Just. Isn't. Done.

H.L. Mencken was one of the finest journalists, satirists, and culture critics that America has ever produced. To this day he is quoted widely. His diary shows that he was racist and anti-Semitic, but he never showed that in public. Once again, he wasn't unusual for his time.

P.E.I. Bonewits was one of the first scholars to work out the general whys and hows of practical magick. He was also randy and hit on the ladies fairly often during the 1960s and 1970s. He was married five times. And Moria Greyland says he was a child molester. I don't know if he was or not, but I do know that some pagans want his work buried and his name eradicated.

The ancient Romans had a term for this practice, damnatio memoriae, the condemnation of memory. It wasn't always effective.

And it certainly wasn't one of the Romans best ideas.

A while back there was a lively discussion about SCA garb showing a common medieval symbol, a swastika . Remember, before the Nazis, the swastika was a very common symbol. I asked what it would take to "purify" the symbol so it could be used again. I thought it was an important question. But apparently I was attacking people for even daring to mention it. No, the symbol should be buried in the library, examined only by scholars. And the ideas should never be discussed. Not even in jest. That might offend.

The ideas should never be discussed.

We're the ones who Walk Between The Worlds, and some ideas should never be discussed?

Where did this come from?

Why are we letting others pull our strings?

Neopaganism grew out of rejecting the morals, rites, and rituals of Christianity because it wasn't enough.

Yet now we are accepting a puritanism far beyond anything that Christianity did in our time.

There are ideas, thoughts, which are socially unacceptable. So horrendous, that the thought itself must be eradicated. There can be no mention of who might have thought that way or why.

No questions. Thou Shalt Not Dissent.

Well, that won't work. Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions. And if someone tells you that it's not allowed, ask more questions.

Cut the strings. Free your mind. Free yourself.
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