Lack of Community Among Pagans
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|Tue, 05-26-2009 - 3:03am|
For example, someone will be describing their particular beliefs. Another person could say something like, "That's very interesting that you see it that way. However, this is the way that I see it..." Instead, they say, "No, you are completely wrong. That is not the right way to see that. What you believe is complete and utter BS." Lately you need to have dozens of sources to prove that your beliefs are right for you. You can't just say that your beliefs are your own and that's that. You have to prove why they are your beliefs. You have to defend them or others will attack you for them. Lack of historical data is one thing, if you are a Recon. Then we don't mix pantheons or practice a magickal system that that particular culture did not have. But if a person wants to be eclectic and it works for them, then so be it.
Once upon a time there was a sense of community among Pagans. You could believe in whatever you wanted to and others were fine with that. There was a sense of fun among Pagans. But I guess that now that the hippies who were at the forefront have passed on into the Summerlands or aren't imparting their wisdom anymore, the younger ones who grew up using the Internet and playing video games and weren't actually interacting with many people IRL have taken over. They are the ones who feel that they can say whatever they want to others, because they can hide behind screen names. I have seen so many silly arguments online. I've actually seen a thread where someone was arguing that you can't call yourself a Druid because the real Druids are no longer around. You can only call yourself a Neo-Druid. And this thread went on for pages because others were arguing for it or against. Arguing over semantics, for crying out loud!
Last night I'd finally seen my last argument online and decided that except for this board, I am leaving the other Pagan boards. I am fed up with the lot of them. I've been a Pagan for 27 years now and a solitary one at that, and until about two years ago I was perfectly happy not belonging to any Pagan forums and did just fine. What I like about this board is that while we have several different paths represented here, we DO have a sense of community here. Unlike a few others that I could name. One of these days, maybe I'll try the Pagan forums again, and go back to see if any of their members have grown up. But I have my doubts.