Your browser does not support script

Pagan Perspectives



Weekly Question

Question of the Week: 113

Pagan Problem Children: What Can We Do About Them?

Views: [32,767]
Responses: [2,666]

The Rules
Note: The opinions posted on the Pagan Perspective pages are those of individuals and are not neccessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

For Further
Discussion
Visit The


WitchVox List
of 242
Communication
'Net Sites:


Chat Boards
Email Lists
IRC Channels


Past Questions
112. Elders: Who Are They and Do We Really Need Them? - [74]

111. So, You’re Dead. Now What? - [59]

110. What’s Your Favorite Element? - [119]

109. The Broom Closet Revisited: What’s Your Current Occupancy Rate? - [129]

108. Do You Speak Pagan Geek? - [38]

107. Would You Be A Good ‘Reality Show’ Contestant? - [49]

106. What Is Your Inner Animal? - [127]

105. Are Pagans TOO Individualistic? - [56]

104. Have You Changed Your Mind About the War in Iraq? - [258]

103. What Are You Reading? - [95]

102. Do Interfaith Conferences/ Discussions Work? - [29]

101. Have You Made Any Extra Security Preparations? - [85]

100. Why Are You A Pagan or Heathen? - [142]

99. What Moon Phase Are You In? - [70]

98. Would You Live In A Haunted House? - [166]

97. What Natural Objects Are On Your Altar? - [103]

96. If You Were Granted Three Wishes... - [179]

95. How Do You Feel About War? - [153]

94. Who Would Make Your Pagan/Heathen Who’s Who List? - [91]

93. Should Pagans Apply For Federal Funds? - [56]

92. What Do You See in 2003? - [47]

90. Which Christmas Ghost Would You Like To Be? - [82]

89. Bah-Humbug! Are You Offended by Christmas? - [173]

88. Are We Alone in The Universe? - [67]

87. The Pagan Web 2002... Your likes? Dislikes? - [50]

86. How’s Your Gratitude Attitude? - [64]

85. What’s Your Motivation? - [97]

84. Between the Veils: What Did You See? - [80]

83. Time to Talk Politics and Elections… - [109]

82. Your Samhain/Beltaine Musings - [50]

81. ExCUSE Me! Has Common Courtesy Become A Thing of the Past? - [97]

80. Polytheist, Monotheist, Dualist or Other? - [104]

79. Have You Switched Pagan Paths? - [110]

78. Would You Take Part in a Public Event or Protest AS a Pagan? - [268]

77. Pot-Kettle: Do We Have Our Own Fundamentalists? - [91]

76. America 911: One Year Later. What's Changed? Are we Safer? - [103]

75. So What Do YOU Think of the Pagan Web? - [43]

74. What is/was your 2002 New Year's resolution - [23]

73. Do You Believe in Faeries? - [44]

72. Is 'Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men' Possible? - [28]

71. How Do YOU View the Balance of Light and Dark? - [22]

70. What's News? - [22]

69. What Are Your Favorite Yule Traditions or Memories? - [17]

68. Are You Wild About Harry? - [80]

67. What Is Music? - [18]

66. What Did You Do this Samhain? - [8]

65. What ARE the most "Frequently Asked Questions' About Witches? - [31]

64. What Are YOUR book/video/dvd Recommendations? - [119]

63. Have You Done Any Protection Spells or Workings? - [38]

62. What Are Your Thoughts On The Current "War on Terrorism"? - [77]

61. Are You Willing To Give Up Some Civil Liberties To Be Safe? - [69]

60. What About Those Pagan Leaders Again? - [289]

59. 911 America: Talking Through The Terror... - [969]

58. What Are Your Plans For Fall? - [21]

57. If You Were Stranded Alone On A Deserted Island... - [56]

56. What Would You Like to See at The Voice? - [65]

55. What Lies Beyond? - [28]

54. What is the connection between Spirit, Nature and Humankind? - [18]

53. What is 'Will' or 'Willpower'? - [19]

52. Have you ever been to a Pagan Festival? - [26]

51. What Did You Think of 'The Mists of Avalon"? - [44]

50. What's Your Magickal Focus? - [33]

49. Ending Religious Discrimination-What's It Gonna Take? - [41]

48. How Fares The First Amendment? - [20]

47. Are you a Talker or a Listener? - [14]

46. Predator and Prey - What Beasts Live Within You? - [44]

45. Who Do You Trust? - [22]

44. Do You Spend Money with Pagan Merchants? - [24]

43. What's On Your Balloon? - [52]

42. Is There An Energy Crisis? - [30]

41. What Makes You So Special? - [33]

40. What is Your Guilty Little Secret? - [101]

39. Who Are Your Gods? - [55]

38. What Are The Greatest Challenges That Pagans Face Today? - [35]

37. What's On Your Altar? - [45]

36. Should the United States Apologize to China - [32]

35. Pagan Web Surfing Likes/Dislike - [60]

34. What Are Your Views on Abortion, Euthanasia and Suicide? - [95]

33. What Is The Appropriate Response to Bigotry and Religious Hatred? - [108]

32. Why Are Kids Killing Kids? - [60]

31. Whassa Matter With Kids Today? - [71]

30. What Do You Support and Why Do You Support It? - [21]

29. How About Some New Holidays? - [39]

28. Where Did You Get Your Magickal Name? - [93]

27. Where Are The Pagan Social Programs? Do We Care? - [22]

26. What Do You Think About Bush's 'Faith-Based' Initiative Plan? - [87]

25. What Are The Boundaries? - [26]

24. What is Pagan History and What is Pagan Belief? - [44]

23. Who or What is a "Pagan Leader"? - [61]

22. What More Do You Want To Know About Paganism? - [45]

21. What is/was your New Year's resolution? - [19]

19. What do YOU of our newest entry into the Presidential Political Pool? - [61]

20. What have YOU done to trace your family history? - [11]

18. Your Gift, Craft and Holiday Celebration Ideas! - [43]

17. Does Older Equal Better? - [199]

16. What is the best gift that you ever received? - [28]

15. What are YOU Thankful For? - [87]

14. The Unresolved US Election - [263]

13. Divination - [29]

12. Pagan Choice for the y2k US Election - [129]

11. Hollywood Hype - [74]

10. Money and the Craft - [82]

9. Pagan Jokes and Humorous Stories - [37]

8. Misconceptions About Witches, Wiccans and Pagans - [63]

7. The Ethics of Magick and Spellwork - [43]

6. What are YOU planning for Mabon-Autumn Equinox? - [14]

5. Pagan books/web sites-dynamic or drivel? - [46]

4. The Broomcloset-In or Out?... What's YOUR View? - [181]

3. Church and State, Religion in School... What is YOUR View? - [122]

2. How Do You Define Witch/WitchCraft? - [42]

1. Who are you going to vote for and why? - [233]



















 Author:    Posted: Sep. 8, 2002   This Page Viewed: 9,646,393  

Vox Q Stats

Times Viewed: 32,767

Reponses: 97

Lurker/Post Ratio: 337 to 1

Question of the Week: 85 - 11/17/2002

What’s Your Motivation?

What motivates you? What is the guiding principle(s) by which you steer your course? The Rede? Freedom and Justice for All? Honor? Kindness? Truth?

Have you ever had to wrestle with conflicting impulses or actions that may be contrary to what you hold to be your guide? How did you resolve it?

Is there a quotation (or quotations) that best sums up the ideals that you try to live up to or that is your inspiration? Please share it!

 Reponses:   There are 97 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 


Reaching Critical Mass Forces Me Out Of Solitude Nov 21st. at 12:10:58 am UTC

Hanowah (Ohio) Age: 0 - Email


My motivation is simple: The Winged Ones are dieing by the thousands. I have been a silent, solitary for 20 years, but now I must speak. For seven generations, I have hand fed chickadees and other songbirds in a nature preserve near my home. The pulse of their wings has filled my ears as the Winged Ones have landed in my hand thousands of times. But now, the birds have fallen from the sky by the thousands. The "authorities" blame it on West Nile Virus, spread by mosquito bites. Yet, with my daily walks in the forest, I swatted 4 mosquitos from May until the October frosts. Still, even published reports indicate that 10,000 great horned owls have died in my state alone, plus thousands of red tail hawks, a personal totem of mine. What we are not hearing is that uncounted thousands of songbirds have died as well. This time last year, at least 5 different feeding flocks of 6-15 birds swarmed to my hand along a half mile trail. Today, on the same trail. I fed 4 chickadees. I saw five. A local rehabilitator tells me that the birds are dieing a horrible, wasting death, complete with convulsions. A mature great horned owl was brought in alive,weighing only 14 ounces, soon to colvulse and die.
It is time for all those who walk in the Light to make manifest for our Winged Ones on both the material and spiritual planes. Feed the birds to help them through the winter, and keep your feeders clean to avoid spreading more deadly diseases. At least 35 states have reported dead birds testing positive for West Nile, and what will your world be if the Winged Ones are gone? It is time to set ego aside, and to do the Work on behalf of the Winged Ones for the Good of All. After all, they are indeed the proverbial canaries in the coal mine. They have touched me so, I can also guarantee that each one is a divine individual, each one is a Being. What motivates me to finally call out from my solitude is my profound grief over these terrible losses of uncounted thousands of magnificent life forms. Please help in any way that you can because Mitakuya Oyasin: "we are all related." We have the Power to transform reality, and our winged relatives desperately need this transformation as do we all. Finally reaching this critical mass has motivated me; what is critical enough for you to Focus and Act Accordingly? What's it going to take?


Honor And Family Nov 21st. at 1:35:02 am UTC

Crevan Fox (Canada) Age: 19 - Email - Web


My headline signs it up quite well. I ask myself if what I am doing would dishonor myself or those I care about. I also put my family first in almost everything. If you can't count on family who can you trust?


Reflected Light Nov 21st. at 2:11:15 am UTC

Cygnet (Tucson AZ) Age: 45 - Email


Every day I see what disharmony does to this planet and its inhabitants, including four-legged,
winged, scaled... By following my path I feel that can make difference in their lives, even if its just one at a time. The Goddess has smiled on me for many years, I can remember knwoing Her before I knew much of anything else, and I like to reflect Her love - inside and out. Since Her love is given freely, doing rituals for the Earth is just one way to show Her my thanks.


Compassion And Understanding Nov 21st. at 9:59:53 am UTC

Athena (Dale, NY) Age: 23 - Email


Though the Rede is a driving force in my life, I also try to live my life as a compassionate and understanding person. I am always the first to listen to other people's problems and offer advice when I can. When conflicts arise I look for the cause before finding the solution. Life is difficult enough without going through it without compassion and understanding.


Quotation? Nov 21st. at 10:03:08 am UTC

JD (WA, USA) Age: 23 - Email


I came across this quote by Plutarch while surfing a Latin quotation site just yesterday. I find it nicely sums up just about everything I stand for, so I thought I would share it. It goes:

"Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores."

Translated, it reads, "You keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me." It seems to me that if more people took this quote and made it a rule for living, the world would be a much better place (I know the US certainly would). As for me, I'm making this my own personal motto.

-JD


With Freedom Comes Responsibility ... Nov 21st. at 12:19:59 pm UTC

Rev. Jeva Singh-Anand (Sioux City, IA) Age: 36 - Email - Web


One of the truths Wicca and Pagan thought teaches is the immanence of deity. The Gods are in us and around us; they permeate and ensoul the world. That is a truth many faiths have recognized, in many cultures. One such example is the Indian greeting "Namaste": that which is God in me salutes that which is God in you. The Catholic thinker and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery stated that his civilization had made Man the inheritor of God, that all people were ambassadors of God, and he interpreted the seven virtues in this context. Because we are all holy, living in a world that is also sacred, we bear a great burden of responsibility toward our fellow humans.

That is what has motivated me and the Siouxland First Wiccan Congregation to become involved in our community. Late August, we were approached by one of the local media, asked what we intended to do on September 11. It struck me that we, as an accepted religious community, were expected to do something to give something back to the community. Since then, all of our Sabbats have included community action and toward fellowshipping with other congregations.

It still surprises me just how warmly we continue to be received. True, not everyone will love -- or even accept us. In fact, one of the local fundamentalist churches has begun to pray for us. Well, it's a free country, and as long as their actions do not turn harrassive, let them do what they want. Meantime, we have plenty of other work to do.

Work is its own reward, and that's another big motivator for me. The psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich stated, "Love, work, and knowledge are the wellspring of our life. And they shall govern it, too."

Robert Heinlein, in _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_, put it more bluntly, "Taanstafl! No free lunch."

That works, too.


Does Music Qualify? Nov 21st. at 12:47:00 pm UTC

Peg (Orlando) Age: 41 - Email


I don't know if this is Pagan oriented but I have always loved listening to music and it's a high motivator for me. And it seems that no matter what is going on in my life, there's always a song that comes out that shows me what direction to go in. Like the song "Missing You" by John Waite came in at point in my life when I needed it.


My Motivation.... Nov 21st. at 3:41:54 pm UTC

waterdragun™ (salem, IL) Age: 34 - Email


"To touch is to heal,to hurt is to steal...."
-U2


Truth Nov 21st. at 4:17:32 pm UTC

Jeffrey Fink (WV) Age: 24 - Email


Truth motivates me. "No lie can stand in the face of truth"


My Life-guide Nov 21st. at 5:56:05 pm UTC

Freyja (Denmark) Age: 25 - Email


"The secret rhythm of the universe is the rhythm of love which moves the stars and the planets..."
by Dante


My Motivation Nov 21st. at 6:46:14 pm UTC

Peggy Derr (VA) Age: 17 - Email


i practice what i believe whichis that do no harm and respect nature.


My Motivation Nov 21st. at 7:51:39 pm UTC

Bonnie (Yankton SD) Age: 23 - Email


My four month old son is my motivation. To be able to know that I did something so right that the Goddess would bless me with such a gift is motivation enough for me.


 1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8  


Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.