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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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What Are The Boundaries?
Different Pagan groups and schools have different concepts of accountability and boundaries of behavior. Some may feel that they are only accountable for what they do to themselves alone or to their family/group and perhaps to their Gods. Others perceive that they are accountable for their actions to the larger Pagan community and society in general. There ARE abusers out there whom probably no one would defend. But what do we DO about them? Anything? Nothing? Some groups have personal internal 'blacklists' and others seem willing to support a public listing of this sort. How could we ever agree on just what should not be tolerated under the name of Pagan beliefs? Should we just 'live and let live' and 'let the buyer beware'? Or do we have a greater obligation to somehow defend and protect the reputation and good name of the Pagan communities by drawing the boundary line at some point?
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| I Believe The Main Thing That One Can Do Is To Be... ||Jan 22nd. at 5:13:35 am EST|
|Skye Cat (Edinburgh, Scotland UK) ||Age: 27 - Email |
I believe the main thing that one can do is to be very clear about personal boundaries and morality when dealing with others. People who self-define as "Pagan" are a diverse bunch, to put it mildly. Being clear about one's own point of view, without belittling others can surely do nothing but help explain some of the confusion. This is particularly important if you're running an event.
I remember the complete confusion of the first few months of study - the variety of paths I could take, the number of philosophies. We are not homogenous - that's part of the strength of this movement.
| Well, This Is An Interesting Speculation, And One That's Right Up My... ||Jan 21st. at 9:46:07 pm EST|
|simona elda (duluth, Minnesota US) ||Age: 30 |
well, this is an interesting speculation, and one that's right up my alley recently (as recently as august, 2000, anyway). i was at a pagan festival, (i won't say which one), when i was accosted by a young man there who seemed unable (or rather, unwilling) to keep his hands off me. now, i am normally an agreeable person, but i *do* have a temper when i feel that i, or others around me, are being taken advantage of. i threw an *extremely* large fit, esp. in lieu of the fact that i am not the first person that he had tried (and in many cases succeeded) to victimize.
needless to say, the next morning, the young man in question had been excommunicated and "blacklisted" from appearing at anymore festivals in our state. he chose to mess with the wrong person when he chose to mess with me. still, he *did* manage to sexually seduce (abuse) another young lady (who is much younger than i) the previous night. i seriously hope that the jarring circumstance with me forced him to see how self-destructive he was being and sought some counseling. if i could reach him today, i would tell him to do so. i would also warn others about him.
i think that because modern paganism is such a new religion, we may have a tendency to be more "self-involved" for lack of a better fitting word, than a more accepted religious group like christianity. this is for the simple reason that we are still frowned upon (unfortunately) in many facets of society, and so we cling to each other for dear life in hopes that we can "lift each other up, " as the song goes. i *do* try to give my fellow pagans of all stripes love and encouragement, but i also extend this love to all of my many friends who are *not* pagan, and to the non-human animals as well.
fortunately, this is changing slowly but surely, and we will once again become accepted religions like it was in the old days, but with a "new" face.
peace be with all my sisters and brothers, human and non-human, pagan and non-pagan, alike.
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