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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 — Good and evil

Long story short, without monotheism, the meaning of good and evil aren't so clear cut. It tends to be more in the nature of "this HELPS my tribe/city/nation" and "this HURTS my tribe/city/nation." It becomes relative and based on cost/benefit. It depends more on individual judgement and less on an Official List of "THOU SHALT NOTS."

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Worst experiences with paganism

Somehow it's always the other person who is supposed to sacrifice.

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NeoNote — Excuse for sex

It's very easy to find abusers.

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Tolerant

I can think of no other faith group that actually celebrates the nutcases as gifts from the gods. There is no politically correct way to describe it. People who would be shunned in any other circumstances are actually put on display to show how tolerant Paganism is.
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Disconnect

I don't suppose it's really important in the overall scheme of things, but I find it unnerving.

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My paganism isn't separate

My paganism isn't separate. It's not something enshrined in the past behind a glass door in some museum. It's a living part of me and my world.

And it's going to shape my future.
— NeoWayland, Thursday at last
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Journal 09Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

Reading is a dying art, especially the way I do it.

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Tainted frisson

Politics has tainted paganism in my mind and I am working to re-establish the separation.

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Pagan virtue signaling

Paganism is about the relationship between you, the World, and the Divine.

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Immediacy

I believe that Paganism offers an immediacy that I couldn't find in Christianity.
— NeoWayland, Why a Technopagan?
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Discipline, the Modern Pagan, and power from victimhood

What makes the so many modern pagans fluffy? And why don't they seem to want more?

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Loudest voices

When it comes to Paganism, the voices of reason on the internet are getting harder and harder to find. And I am not just talking about the politics, although that is part of it too. Common sense is getting buried in the noise. It's below all the grandstanding and costuming. Like it or not, the face of modern Paganism is defined by what's on TV and the glitzy inaccurate websites.

The loudest voices are those who are disconnected from life. And those are the ones I don't want to be associated with.
     — NeoWayland, Disconnect
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Journal 25Aug2017

Thinking by blogging

Lately when my articles have been good enough, I've experimented with posting links at reddit. The response has been a little mixed.

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Ego-trapped

I let my ego off the chain last weekend. It was a vain and foolish thing to do. And it had consequences.

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Strength

The virtue of paganism was strength; the virtue of Christianity is obedience.
     — Augustus Hare
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Fire dance

Paganism has it's benefits.

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Institution vs. individual choice

There is an arc there: a vector. It tells a story of steadily increasing individual choice about religious belief and expression, and as a result, steadily decreasing subscription to old religious systems that clash with both modern values and humanity's growing body of accumulated knowledge.
     — Mark Green, Is Paganism Dying?
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Journal 31Mar2017

Thinking by blogging

I am keeping the baseball hats though…

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Depreciated polytheism

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all depreciated polytheism as intrinsically inferior - primitive, crude, lost. But much of the profundity of Paganism lies in its deep appreciation for the complexity and richness of life, its embrace of the world that surrounds us, that indeed is us.
     — Frank Donnola from “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis № 28, Spring 1993
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Point of view

Notice the relationships

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She gives Life

This one is obviously a god and She’s creating life

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Bloody sacrifice

I don't think animals should be killed for ritual use. I have issues with animals being killed for food. It's why I still pray before meals. I'm honoring their sacrifice even though I know they don't understand.

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Do you know what I get asked about the most?

They want flashy cheap answers to their problems. In easy to swallow pill form if possible.

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Hermit and the noise

You shouldn’t listen to the folks in the weird clothes and making the loudest noises.

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The Old Breed

From classic philosophy to classic virtue, Paganism's best hope depends on what we choose to put out in the World - updated

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Eclecticism, Discipline, & Mastery

Look before you leap

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Why a Technopagan?

Tuesday musings

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Wheel

Patterns and flow

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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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