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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.
Chas S. Clifton

NeoNote — Nature and the World are not cruel.

Nature and the World are not cruel. Nor are they kind. They just are.

You might as well expect mercy from gravity. Or justice from a sunbeam.

Humanity is a colony organism. Leaving aside the question of if we were designed or if we evolved, we know that cooperation is the best survival strategy we've found yet. From there it's just a small step to realizing that the people who are the most successful are the people who make things around them better. For good reason, we're judged by the lives we touch. And from there, it's just a small step to the ethic of reciprocity. Christians call it the Golden Rule, but it predates the faith. It also showed up in cultures that had no contact with Christians. Without force or coercion, we treat people nicely because that's why we expect to be treated.

In the words of Chas. S. Clifton, “Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.” 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."

Rules and laws are the inventions of humans. The universe is. You don't want to read this, but morality is subjective. Even "good Christian morality" or "good Jewish morality." Having a roof over your head, clothes to wear, and food to eat opens up possibilities that wouldn't otherwise exist. Child labor used to be a necessity, now it isn't. Charity is easy when you have enough to give. Choice on the shelves means you don't have to do business with bad companies.

So does that mean that the Decalogue has no value? No, but it means it has extremely limited use for anyone who hasn't chosen that faith. Religion and faith aren't one size fits all. Christianity has it's merits and it's failures. But at the heart of it, faith is between you the Divine. Not between you and the translated edited writings from two thousand years ago. Not between you and the guy behind the pulpit. Not between you and your neighbor.

I'm happy that your faith has brought your joy and a way to get your bearings. But some of us navigate by the stars and not by maps,

I'm not something less, I'm something else.

So are you.



Pardon, but that seems like a justification to put the Decalogue above everything else. After all, if it mostly matches, what's the problem, right?

The problem is Number One on that hit list. There's quite a bit to admire about Christianity, but at the end of the day, tain't mine.

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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On that Pagan community thing

An idea worth exploring

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Archaeoastronomy

Great link for calculating the times of the sabbats

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The Gods Do Not Vote

“If you are really a polytheist, then you must accept that the gods do not vote.”

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Religion is dangerous

Religion is dangerous. The people in power have always realized this. Either they must tame it — make it all about how King Zork enjoys the Will of Heaven —or keep a heavy, cast iron lid on it.

The trouble with religious people is that they are not always loyal enough — to the king, to the government, to the Party, to the corporation.

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Back to basics

Back to the basics' works if you chose the right basics. (We could debate that.)
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Polyester, Protestant Pagans?

A pagan author and blogger also notices the trendlines

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❝Polytheistic view of life❞

That is the polytheistic view of life. The world is a mess. The world is beautiful. The gods are eternal (or as good as). The gods work at cross-purposes, and sometimes humans are caught between them.

"If you try to change the world in the name of some grand, sweeping, utopian vision, you will just make it worse. The most you can do is to give Achilles and Kevin Houston a good cause.
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Speaking of athamés

Chas S. Clifton, one of my favorite pagan writers, has a piece called The Story of Three Athames.

So I'm pointing it out.

You should go read it now.


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Signs

We pagans have become the worst that we saw in the People of the Book.

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Stranger

When we look at the Tarot for what it apparently is, we look into a mental map of the time when the Italian and French Middle Ages were poised on the cusp of the Renaissance - a time that is actually stranger and intellectually more foreign to us than we tend to think.
— Chas S. Clifton from "The Unexamined Tarot," Gnosis № 18, Winter 1991
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Taproot: Taboo

“Taproots”

Because this post discusses child sexuality, the entry text has been removed from the front page and the category pages. Click the post title above or the link below to load.

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Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective

A ramble on conversations and shared ideas

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Experience & Art

Paganism should spread through experience and art, not theology. The theology comes later, if it comes.
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Homework assignment

Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.
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