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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.

On that Pagan community thing

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C65989237/E20100905140658

An idea worth exploring

I've already told you that part of my problem with the "Pagan community" is that I am not good at simultaneously tracking non-verbal cues in anything but a handful of people. And I don't like some of the people who insist that Paganism is weirdness designed to freak out the mundanes.

But these are my personal issues and don't reflect the concerns of all Pagans. They are also incomplete, although up until a few days ago I couldn't tell you why.

Then I read a story package that Chas Clifton had linked to (gotta love how that man makes me THINK). And I realized that the answer was obvious.

A real community is self-organizing and built from the ground up out of what is already there.

Hold on, that is one of those important bits.

A real community is self-organizing and built from the ground up out of what is already there.

That's better.

I've noticed that usually when someone talks about the need for a Greater Pagan Community™, they mean something that is imposed from the outside. I don't think that would be an effective community, and it certainly wouldn't last very long.

Inspire, don't require. Weird how many applications that phrase has.

I'm also not convinced that most groups should make the transition to institution. But I think I'm satisfied with my concepts of a real community verses a Greater Community™.

What do you think?

Posted: Sun - September 5, 2010 at 02:06 PM

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