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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.

NeoNotes — Fluffies and Crusaders

Ah yes, the fluffies. Irritating as they can be though, lately I've had more difficulty with the Crusaders. Not long after I accepted my paganism, I ran into a group that was very offended by my past. I thought they were the exception. Now I am not so sure. I've seen a lot of virtue signaling and a lot of politics. What I haven't seen are very many talks about the sunrise, or that bit when you're looking into a dark bowl of water and drift, or the sheer joy of dancing around a bonfire. No, it's a lot about which books and authors are Approved this week, and whether or not this guy flirted or sexually harassed someone. The Crusaders need a cause and a highly visible enemy. It's becoming less about the experience and more about the revealed knowledge. I don't think that is a good thing.

Uh oh, I just revealed Secrets That Must Not Be Revealed. The Powers-That-Wanna-Be may insist I turn in my lucky charm.

There's a essay there that I have been nibbling the edge of for the last couple of weeks, but I can't get it to come out right. Yet.

An e*friend used to say that there were reasons why some were withdrawing back into the shadows. I used to say that I thought it was a mistake, but I am not sure anymore.

Yep. Gods make you stretch. Even if it isn't in ways you would have chosen.

Not to blow my own horn (much), but I have another blog, a pagan slice of life as it were. It's not all first rank stuff, but www.neowayland.com/files/tag-classic.html has some decent work.

I'm not tied very much into the community either, I'm a paranoid solitary. What I am seeing is that we're beginning to eat our own and it's not a pretty sight. I take some flack for my positions, but that's mainly online. Offline I try to steer it more towards the experience.

Truthfully I've been looking for pagans I trust. Not necessarily an organized group, just individuals with good judgement who will tell me the truth. Something without politics. It's not by accident that I divided my blogs into the pagan and the political, or that the political tag on my pagan blog is "ugh-politics." Politics corrupts, and it distracts me. I'm way too good at it. But it feeds my darker passions. I'm not that person anymore.

I like the way you think. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me.

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

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