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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.

NeoNote — For you own good

There's nothing wrong with resisting if someone tries to compel your behavior, especially if they do it with force. The 1960s civil rights movement and the anti-war movement were reactions to the state compelling people through the use of force.

But we have to be careful. When people start talking about "the greater good," "for the children," or "for the planet," it's way too easy to justify making a choice for them. People deserve to make their own choices or the choice is meaningless. If we're not free to choose and to accept responsibility, then are we free at all?

If anything, pagans should recognize this. How many times have we been told that our faith and beliefs aren't "real?" How many times have some of us been told that our sexual tastes are "perverted?" How many times have we been told to stop "playing" and become part of the real world?

I guess what it comes down to is this, if you can't convince someone without resorting to force, maybe your arguments aren't that good. Despite the best of intentions, invoking force leads to tyranny.

Stars above, I really didn't want to make this about climate change.

Quick questions. Do you know what the weather should be? Does anyone? Why wasn't it like that during the last ice age?

As for litter and pollution and all that nasty stuff, absolutely we should hold people accountable. We could start by eliminating the Superfund and similar taxpayer-funded programs while eliminating the limited liability laws that shield corporate ownership from responsibility. You want me to go on? I've got pages and pages showing how our current version of corporatism makes things worse. But I bet you don't want to read about politics, particularly mine.

People don't want to be shamed. And if you force somebody to do something, they will resent you. So if you are going to celebrate Earth Day, make it a real celebration and not about your politics. It shouldn't be about preaching. It shouldn't be about knowing. It shouldn't be about wake up calls.

Celebrate the Earth, the one thing we share. Celebrate peace, the one thing we should share.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.


NeoNote — Taking a stand against politics in paganism

Seriously though, there are some issues that only touch on politics indirectly that we as pagans should be concerned about. Free speech is a big one. There are some who are convinced that if someone offends them, that person should removed from living memory and never allowed to speak again. There are some that believe that anyone designated a victim should have priority to speak and judge if others have a right to speak.
— NeoWayland

NeoNote — Nature and the World are not cruel.

The problem with making morality a part of religion is that some priests forget that they are measured by the lives around them. They think that their calling places them beyond "man's law.
— NeoWayland

Not evil

The so-called Dark Side is not wholly an evil or negative place or force; after all, some things remain in the shadows because we've placed them there out of fear and squeamishness.
Jay Kinney, "Standing in the Shadows," Gnosis № 14, Winter 1989-'90

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A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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