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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.

Absolutely maybe sort of - updated

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I admire the late Isaac Bonewits. Before the internet, when minister friends of mine asked me about the occult, I'd give them copies of the Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame xeroxed from a dog-eared copy of Adler's Drawing Down the Moon. I considered his scholarship top notch and I admired him for making a place in a World that really didn't want to acknowledge him.

We never met in person, but I was a member of a online group Bonewits founded called Spells for Democracy. We didn't agree on politics. He thought government should be interventionist. He didn't appreciate that I thought no one group or political ideology had virtue because of the label. Despite some of the his ideas on dualism, he saw virtue in the label of simply being progressive and wasn't above a bit of virtue signaling. To keep the peace, I withdrew from an active role in the online group.

Now, should I reject Bonewits and all he stood for because he and I didn't agree? The man had a lot of good ideas.

Z Budapest is a very vocal advocate for feminism and minority religions. She also stands against trans women. Does that mean that none of her ideas have merit? Should she be rejected because her life view is not perfect and without flaw?

Recently there's been some noise because of decisions that the moderators of the Asatru subreddit made about tribal identity. It reeks way too much of internal politics for me to get involved, but does that mean that Asatru has nothing to offer?

This poisonous idea that our religious leaders and teachers should be morally perfect, well, it's wrong. Question everything. You should always ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions. If you don't question what a book or Authority Figure™ tells you, you aren't doing your part.

No one is perfect. No one is beyond question. No one has all the answers. And you shouldn't trust anyone that says otherwise.

No one group is perfect. No one group is beyond question. No one group has all the answers. And you shouldn't trust anyone that says otherwise.

Simply put, competition keeps us honest.

Wisdom means you pay attention, and you choose what works for that situation. If you are very wise, you have many tools and ideas to choose from.

No one is perfect. But that doesn't mean you can't learn from them.

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