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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.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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pagan

  1. (no longer in technical use) one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
  2. a member of a religious, spiritual, or cultural community based on the worship of nature or the earth; a neopagan.
  3. Disparaging and Offensive.
    1. (in historical contexts) a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim; a heathen.
    2. an irreligious or hedonistic person.
    3. an uncivilized or unenlightened person.

Since the later 20th century, "Pagan" or "Paganism" has become widely used as a self-designation by adherents of Neopaganism. As such, various modern scholars have begun to apply the term to three separate groups of faiths: Historical Polytheism (such as Celtic polytheism and Norse paganism), Folk/ethnic/Indigenous religions (such as Chinese folk religion and African traditional religion), and Neo-paganism (such as Wicca and Germanic Neopaganism).
Back before Christianity was the dominant faith in the Western World, there wasn't a concept such as “pagan.” You either worshiped the gods or you did not. The choice of whether to worship, how much to worship, and which gods to worship was entirely up to you. Of course, you got to deal with the consequences if you fell out of favor with the Divine, but that was a given.

In the last few years, I've preferred not to capitalize the word “pagan.” It's not really a proper noun, it's not named after a specific Diety or person.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pagan

pagan festival season      Beltaine to Mabon

pagan of color

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
— Rev. Martin Luthor King, Jr., I Have a Dream
From what I’ve seen, this is a way to celebrate victimhood and demand extra privileges by oh-so-carefully defining a minority within a minority and demanding even more special treatment and deference than the original minority would have received. And the original minority is supposed to stand aside because the "concerns" of the special minority come first always. It all depends on guilt and pity. Without guilt, there would be no power, no privileges, no special treatment, and no deference.

Remember the important thing here is that as long as someone defines themselves as a anything of color, they will never be considered a "real" thing. It's doesn't matter if it's “pagan of color,” “woman of color,” or “bus driver of color.” They will always be less than is expected of the label, and that is deliberate. They always have an excuse that shifts responsibility from themselves to society.

And since they are a minority's minority, they can never be a fully human adult either. Nor can the “majority” be allowed to escape it's guilt.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pagan-of-color

pagan attitudes on nudity & sex

Witchcraft traditions such as Wicca are highly visible in the Pagan movement when it comes to sexuality and sexual activity. Though Pagan traditions in general see the body as a blessing, they hold a variety of views on what the proper relationship is between sexuality and spirituality. Wiccans and other witches, however, embrace the holiness of sexuality as a central religious principle.
Pagan paths do attract more than our fair share of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered. We also attract some alternative sexual practices. Not everyone is open about their sexual choices though, most pagans are pretty accepting when it comes to how private or public someone wants to be. Officially it's because we're not as dogmatic. I think it's because we're still arguing over the rules. Pagans can be just as intolerant as anyone else. Just as one example. there are Goddess centered paths that are extremely anti-male.

American pagans can be less inhibited than most of our neighbors. We may show flesh in more varieties than you have ever dreamt of, we may talk and ESPECIALLY sing about sex, but the boundaries are still clear. Just because someone arouses you doesn’t mean they want sex with you. Even if they do show you more body parts than you’ve ever seen outside a bedroom.

We hug. We cuddle. We may even exchange “long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.” But that doesn’t mean we allow just any fingers, toes or faces into our nether regions. That doesn’t mean you get to cop a feel. When you ask for sex, it’s always the other person’s choice.

Some misguided people see joining a pagan group as an easy way to get their rocks off. They could meet Hot Bisexual Pagan Chicks and have mind-blowing Ritual Sex under the Full Moon!

It doesn't work like that.

Those confused ones soon "wash out" or spin off to form their own sex-based group. When they can't attract members to the new group, they blame everyone but themselves. After all, they're open about sex. Why wouldn't people line up to have sex with them?

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#attitudes

paleopaganism

“Paleopaganism” or “Paleo-Paganism” is a general term for the original polytheistic, nature-centered faiths of tribal Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, Oceania and Australia, when they were (or in some rare cases, still are) practiced as intact belief systems. Of the so-called “Great Religions of the World,” Hinduism (prior to the influx of Islam into India), Taoism and Shinto, for example, fall under this category, though many members of these faiths might be reluctant to use the term. Some Paleopagan belief systems may be racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. There are billions of Paleopagans living and worshiping their deities today.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#paleopaganism

pantheistic

I believe the Universe and natural law are themselves manifestations of the Divine. There's a lot of crossover with some Gnostic beliefs here. Pantheism as a term dates back only to about the 17th Century and described certain Christian cult practices, so that is not surprising.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pantheistic

Pareto principle      see ace factor

parity test

My paranoid version of the Golden Rule is a little more blunt, “Don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you.”

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#parity-test

parlor

  1. (Architecture) old-fashioned a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
  2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc.
  3. a small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc
  4. (Commerce) chiefly US and Canadian and NZ a room or shop equipped as a place of business: a billiard parlor.
  5. (Commerce) Caribbean a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
  6. (Agriculture) Also called: milking parlour a building equipped for the milking of cows

  1. Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
  2. a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
  3. a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
  4. Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#parlor

passing

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#passing

path      see path vs. tradition

path versus tradition

A person experiences and honors the Divine through their path, a system of effective rites and observances gathered through study and understanding. Of course that's my opinion.

A path is the individual Journey with the Divine. While it may not have long term connections to other humans, it's certainly binding to Someone.

A tradition is a formal version of a path that has been passed on at least once. I'd argue that a tradition has been systemized and has initiated at least two other people (gotta have that rule of three there somewhere). It depends on the connections and rules binding the initiate to the rest of the tradition. It's capitalized as a Proper Name.

It was hard for me to accept, but the practice of magick is not is not necessary for either a path or a tradtion. There is such a thing as pagan laity.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#path-tradition

pathos

  1. the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
  2. pity.
  3. Obsolete. suffering.

An appeal to passion and emotion.
— Research inspired by an entry at Chas Clifton's
Letter from Hardscrabble Creek

See also ethos, logos, rhetoric, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modes_of_persuasion

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pathos

peak experience

American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences. Peak experiences are sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, and possibly the awareness of “ultimate truth” and the unity of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions, and a wider sense of awareness, as though one was standing upon a mountaintop. The experience fills the individual with wonder and awe. He feels at one with the world and is pleased with it; he or she has seen the ultimate truth or the essence of all things.

Peak experiences are often described as transcendent moments of pure joy and elation. These are moments that stand out from everyday events. The memory of such events is lasting and people often liken them to a spiritual experience.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#peak-experience

pendant

A prominent and usually singular piece of jewelry hanging on a necklace.

I usually wear a pendant every day although I don't sleep in one. I never go out in public without a pendant. When I do go outside, I tie my pendant into a choker and tie my hair up in a bear tail.

All my pendants are on satin cord. I don't like chains. Leather cords tend to rot after a few months.

Tree Of Life pendant On the Fire Festivals and Solar Festivals (sabbats), I wear a Jen Delyth Tree of Life pendant. I wear different pendants during the for each phase of the Moon. I sometimes change when I am doing certain healing work.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pendant

Pentacle Quest      23April

people     See kin

People of the Book

Followers of a revealed faith provided by a holy book. The Book is the Way. They wait for the wisdom and experience and ethics to be poured into their minds so they can think the Right Thoughts and perform the Right Action. Many never move beyond this passivity. The ones who do move are worth talking to, the others just keep reciting the same dogma and doctrine.

See also Story People

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#book

perigee

the instant when the Moon is closest to Earth

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#

perihelion

the instant when a planet is closest to the Sun

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#perihelion

The Personal Is Political

"The personal is political" was a frequently heard feminist rallying cry, especially during the late 1960s and 1970s. The exact origin of the phrase is unknown and sometimes debated. Many second-wave feminists used the phrase "the personal is political" or its underlying meaning in their writing, speeches, consciousness-raising, and other activities.

The meaning has sometimes been interpreted to mean that political and personal issues affect each other.

It has also meant that the experience of women is the grounding of feminism, both personal and political. Some have seen it as a kind of practical model for creating feminist theory: begin with the small issues with which you have personal experience, and move from there to the larger systemic issues and dynamics which may explain and/or address those personal dynamics.

Stop making everything a moral issue.
The problem with making the personal political is that you drag everyone around you into politics, whether they want to be or not.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#personal-political

pertinent magick

The temporary fix. Kitbashing a specific situation under time pressure and with limted resources. Almost certainly will need to be reinforced or redone later. It’s something like rigging a temporary replacement for the a car fan belt. It might work for a bit, but it needs extra attention soon.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pertinent-magick

peyote      Lophophora williamsii

Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, Lophophora williams ii, with the hallucinogen mescaline (3, 4, 5-trimethoxyphenethylamine) being the principal active ingredient. From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the south-western United States as a part of their religious rites.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#peyote

philos

Communal, brotherly love. To me, this is the kind of thing that happens when you talk about matters great and small around a campfire. Philos, philosopher. Obviously I value this kind of love. Sadly, it's one of the things that there is all too little of in my life.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#philos

philanthropia

“For the benefit of humanity.” It's become a cliche, but these days we hear of public philanthropy, we wonder what they are hiding. The ancients certainly didn't think like that, to their mind, it brought honor.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#philanthropia

philautia

Self-love. The healthier variety expands your ability to experience the other kinds of love.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#philautia

pilgrim      (depreciated)

For a while I used this word for People of the Book. It caused too much misunderstanding.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pilgrim

pillow talk problem

What do we talk about after fucking?

Any relationship that has only one dimension of love is doomed. Two is a bare minimum, three is just about right. The more dimensions of love you share means the more directions that you can move together.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

See also love, eros, sex, love, eros, sex

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pillow-talk-problem

pith helmet

pith helmet( 19c. ) Helmet-shaped hat of English army in India. Made from pith of the Indian spongewood tree, covered with white cotton and faced with green cloth. Originally worn in tropical regions as protection from the sun. worn by polo players in the 20c.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pith-helmet

pizza threshold

The point in a conversation where it dawns on you that the solution to many of life’s problems and the answers to many philosophical questions can be found in pizza and the nature of pizza. Lack of sleep may generate a false pizza threshold.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pizza-threshold

playgan

One who pretends paganism for the thrill but acts differently in their regular life.

I think the playgans do it more for the shock value. It's not about what they are, it's about how many of your buttons they can push. And then they go back to their lives and no one knows how secretly naughty they've been.

Sometimes it's polyester playgan.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#playgan

Platinum Rule

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and meanwhile, do everything you can to make things better.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#platinum-rule

political correctness

I'm pretty sure that political correctness just means shaming the dissenters enough so they shut up.
Something that started out as a sort of moral common sense - actually not a bad idea, eg. saying 'black person' instead of 'god-damn cotton-pickin' nigger'.

However, the whole thing got utterly out of hand in the early 90s to the point where a lot of people will say 'Afro-Carribean' or 'Afro-American' because they think it's racist to say 'black'! It gets even more ridiculous when you consider that in some parts people think it's offensive to 'blackboard' or 'black coffee'.

What began as a force for good (considering the number of people who really are racist, sexist and homophobic) has since become a laughing stock beacause of the ridiculous extremes to which certain neurotic ultra-liberals took it - cf. a person being 'vertically challenged' rather than short. This has actually undone a lot of progress made in changing bigoted attitudes (as bigot can claim any offence taken at their views is 'political correctness gone mad), whilst making people feel guilty for enjoying anything but the blandest, most anaemic humour for fear of being 'offensive'. I mean, seriously, what's funnier out of 'Friends' and 'South Park'? (Or 'The League of Gentlemen' for the benefit of any Brits out there?)

At the same time as straight white able-bodied men are going out of their way to talk about 'ethnic people' (who ISN'T ethnic!?) and those of 'different sexual orientation', there are blacks calling themselves niggas (which has been going on for years), gays calling themselves (and eachother!) poof, queens and queers, and so on - the real way to neutralize a term used as as an insult is for those to whom it was applied to use it themselves.

At its worst, political correctness is nothing different form Orwell's Newspeak - an attempt to change the way people think by forcibly changing the way they speak. So let's have a backlash against the nannying, interefering, cotton-wool Stalinism 'ploitical correctness' has become - not to placate bigots, but to speak the truth and enjoy outrageous humour like we're meant to. Remember, the next time someone says they don't like Harry Potter because Hermione is a stereotypically sensitive girl, the relevant word to call them is 'cunt'.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#political-correctness

political ghouls

Those using tragedy for political opportunity, especially murder or a violent crime.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#political-ghouls

politics

Politics is controlling other people, often with the threat of force.

One of my darker passions. I follow political discussions and theory. I am better at behind the scenes politics and power games than any amateur has a right to be when I do practice. It gives me a thrill. I enjoy tying my opponent into semantic knots.

But here’s the thing. Politics is about controlling the other. Never you, always the other. It always has been. When government is involved politics is about control backed by force.

Politicians are never on your side. Even as they stand wrapped in the flag clutching holy writ promising that they will be your bestest friend ever no matter what.

One annoying thing about politics is that people are willing to overlook the misconduct of "their" side even while slinging wild accusations against the Enemy. The accusations may or may not be accurate. But you can count on the Enemy not being quite the Ultimate Horror Unleashed on Mankind. And you can count that your side is not quite the paragon of virtue and self-sacrifice that they claim.

These days I don’t indulge my political passions unless it is in the cause of liberty. I don’t do it unless the other party stepped over a line. If it’s “for their own good,” you’re lying to them and yourself

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#politics

politics of victimhood

Proponents of identity politics define individuals by their race, ethnicity, or sex, which in turn are defined by a history of oppression and exclusion. This history casts members of those groups as victims, no matter how far removed they actually are from oppression today. As victims, then, these groups have grievances that they claim the larger society has a moral obligation to address, mainly in the form of various kinds of reparations, such as affirmative action, government transfers, or other government set-asides based on race or sex. In the political arena of deliberation and debate over policy, the emotions aroused by that historical suffering bestow a specious authority on the self-proclaimed victim, who now is beyond criticism or accountability for the coherence or validity of his arguments. Critics are instantly branded as “insensitive” or “uncaring” at best and “racist” or “sexist” at worst.

The culture on display on many college and university campuses, by way of contrast, is “characterized by concern with status and sensitivity to slight combined with a heavy reliance on third parties. People are intolerant of insults, even if unintentional, and react by bringing them to the attention of authorities or to the public at large. Domination is the main form of deviance, and victimization a way of attracting sympathy, so rather than emphasize either their strength or inner worth, the aggrieved emphasize their oppression and social marginalization.”

So. All Americans are victims. Hence, a great failing of modern leftist thought is to suppose that if one can claim one is more oppressed then someone else, then one has won some kind of contest for attention, or justice, or fame — it only blinds us with rage, and we fail to understand (or explain) the above. Resentment comes to rule the day — instead of genuine understanding, of how predatory systems fail everyone in society, not just the most or least oppressed.

While of course there are different degrees of harm, no one is really made better off in the long run by predatory systems — at least as not as much as they could be with fairer, better ones. But the politics of victimhood, of resentment and grievance, leave us simmering with anger and shame, instead of giving us the power to lead, create, and transform. Hence, it’s self-evident to see, this kind of thinking, competing for victimhood, has advanced American society not one iota — it has only taken it backwards. How far backwards?

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#victim

polyamory

A committed romantic relationship between more than two partners. There's a difference between anonymous or ultra-casual sex and polyamory.

I’m not polygamous. For my definition, that’s one male with subserviant wives. Neither of my companions are subservient, they’d laugh at the idea. I do have polyamorous tendencies.

Polyamory is the nonpossessive, honest, responsible and ethical philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultanously. Polyamory emphasizes consciously choosing how many partners one wishes to be involved with rather than accepting social norms which dictate loving only one person at a time. Polyamory is an umbrella term which integrates traditional mutipartner relationship terms with more evolved egalitarian terms. Polyamory embraces sexual equality and all sexual orientations towards an expanded circle of spousal intimacy and love. Polyamory is from the root words Poly meaning many and Amour meaning love hence “many loves” or Polyamory. Of course, love itself is a rather ambiguous term, but most polys seem to define it as a serious, intimate, romantic, or less stable, affectionate bond which a person has with another person or group of persons. This bond usually, though not necessarily always, involves sex. Sexualove or eromance are other words which have been coined to describe this kind of love. Other terms often used as synonyms for polyamory are responsible, ethical or intentional non-monogamy.

Polyamory (from Greek πολύ poly, "many, several", and Latin amor, "love") is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners involved.It has been described as "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy." People who identify as polyamorous reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships.

the practice or condition of participating simultaneously in more than one serious romantic or sexual relationship with the knowledge and consent of all partners.

The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.

This is the definition used by California polyamorist Morning Glory Zell, who coined the term in the early 1980's.

Polyamory differs from adultery because all the partners know about each others' lovers, so there is not secrecy or betrayal.

Contemporary practitioners have coined the names “polyamory” and “polyfidelity” to describe a wide range of partner arrangements that vary as to the number of people involved, the sexes of those involved, the sexualities of those involved, the level of commitment of those involved, and the kinds of relationships pursued.

Imaged as a form of commitment which is flexible and responsive to the needs and interests of the individuals involved, rather than a rigid institution imposed in cookie cutter fashion on everyone, this new polygamy reflects postmodern critiques of patriarchy, gender, heterosexuality and genetic parenthood. Such a ‘postmodern polygamy’ might occasionally look like traditional patriarchal polygamy, but it differs in important ways. For example, it could as easily encompass one woman with several male partners as it could one man with multiple female partners. It also includes the expanded possibilities created by same-sex or bi-sexual relationships, neither of which in contemplated by traditional polygamy.
I can only speak for myself, but I’ve never found myself attracted to just one woman at a time. There’s been times I’ve only be involved with one lady, but the attraction was always to more than one.

These days, I avoid causual sex. I have two unbreakable rules when it comes to sex. Consenting adults only. If you promised to be another's one and only, you are off limits.

There's an assumption that a poly group means that everybody sleeps with everyone else. That's not even usually true. And yes, you can be poly without being homosexual or bisexual.

Sometimes it's not polyamory. Sometimes it really is just "friends with benefits." I've seldom seen that turn out well. Get the hormones carbonating and people confuse their feelings. All in all, I think things just work better with my second unbreakable sex rule.

Polyamory is a “romantic” relationship with multiple people. I’m not real sure about that romantic bit. It’s probably my cross-wired brain, but I don’t think I love in the conventional sense. I'm not sure if I can feel love at all. But it is friendship for a few close friends, and if some of those are ladies and it involves sex, I am certainly not going to say no. I just can't be exclusive about it, it is not in my nature.

I think exclusivity does hurt a lot of relationships, but then I was poly before I knew the meaning of the word. Also think that it is a mistake (and probably one of the greatest crimes that Christianity ever committed) to confuse love and sex and physical contact and intimacy.

I do think it does work, but like most fringe things polyamory attracts broken people and abusers.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#polyamory

polygamy

“The practice or custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time.”
Not to be confused with polyamory.

In the American Fundamentalist LDS Church, this is many wives and one husband. From what I've seen, American polygamy is usually a bad idea, especially in isolated communities where polygamy is the norm. Because of the Arizona Strip, the towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah are just across the state border from each other (Short Creek). For decades, when the law from one state came to investigate, people would move across the border for a while.

Women tended to be very subservient. Young men without money or political connections couldn't marry. But the married men usually did very well at the expense of everyone else.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#polygamy

polytheistic

I recognize many faces of the Divine.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#polytheistic

poor little me

Using pity to evoke sympathy and control another. Common side effect of depression.

Since our culture currently celebrates victimhood, this behavior can be easily encouraged and rewarded. I try to avoid that.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#poor-little-me

portico

a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers,usually attached to a building as a porch.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#portico

power over versus power with

Willing cooperation usually works better then brute force. Popularized in paganism by Starhawk.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#povspw

Practical Grudge Limit

It’s not practical to hold someone responsible unless they were there, of age, and participating.

  • Outer Grudge Boundary - the birthday of your oldest grandparent. There’s nothing you can do about anything before that
  • Middle Grudge Boundary - the day you were born
  • Inner Grudge Boundary - your eighteenth birthday or age of consent. There’s nothing you should do about anything before that

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#practical-grudge-limit

pragma

The long standing love that develops between longtime lovers like a husband and wife.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

See also love,

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#pragma

praxis

  1. practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
  2. convention, habit, or custom.
  3. a set of examples for practice.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#praxis

precautionary principle

Supposedly it’s better to mitigate or avoid actions that might harm the environment even if the consequences are not known and with the burden of proof falling on those who propose to act.

Ultimately flawed and curiously selective.

Just one example, not a single solution to “climate change” could be justified under the precautionary principle.

I’ve studied enough science to know that it’s always about the tradeoffs.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/pp/#precautionary

privileges

It's one of the simplest human guidelines. Everybody shares a right. You don't have a right unless the Other does.

Privileges exclude people. Only some get privileges. Privileges are not rights, and rights are not privileges.

It's why there are human rights. Many people muddy the waters and call privileges rights. Black rights? Christian rights? Police rights? These do not exist. These are privileges that rule out whole classes of people.

Everybody shares a right.

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prosody

  1. the science or study of poetic meters and versification.
  2. a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification.
  3. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance.

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Pyrex

By the late 1800s, the process for making it had been refined, and in 1915, a famous line of borosilicate kitchen products was released under the Pyrex label. Because it is stronger and more durable than conventional glass, it has a number of far reaching uses.

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