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Article ID: 4579
Age Group: Adult
Posted: July 8th. 2002
The Consistancy of Change...
It seems of late that just about everyone is talking about either how much things have changed (heave heavy sigh here) and/or about how much things really have to change (heave heavy object here). Some folks think that moral values have changed too much or society itself has changed too much or that the music on the radio has changed too much. Others feel that there are a lot of things that still haven't changed enough no matter how much money that we throw at the problem or what sort of people we put into power and that, well..something's gotta change or we are all doomed, doomed, doomed! Change is a good thing. Change is a bad thing. Change is something that happens to us. Change is an action initiated by us. Our perception of change is always changing, it seems.
For example, I shop at the same grocery store each week. So I am very familiar with the layout of the aisles. I write the items on my shopping list in the same order in which I know that I will find them sitting there upon the shelves. And if I only need to pick up one or two things for my latest gourmet creation (Stop laughing, Fritz), I can dash in and bee-line right to just those items and then dash back out again in a matter of a few minutes. That is, I can until the dawn of that one terrible and dreadful day. The day when I am in a hurry. The day that my feet hurt. The day when the storm clouds are gathering on the horizon and my Florida attuned radar tells me that I have exactly 23 minutes to get that cart filled, go through the check out, load up the trunk, drive the short distance to the apartment, haul the bags up three flights of stairs and close the door behind me before the deluge hits. I am so good at that type of estimation, I can even toss out a few peanuts to the squirrels as I buzz by and still have two seconds to spare. But not today.
Today is the day that the grocery gods rearranged all of the shelves. Well, maybe they did it a few days ago because it was a fait accompli by the time that I waltzed in. And now, I can't find a darn thing. The laundry soap is where the juice used to be. The juice is now three aisles down and they no longer stock the size that I like. I had to ask for peanuts because they were still out in the back room waiting to be assigned a spot. And, of course, the milk was still the farthest item from the front door, but now it was in the opposite direction as well. I was already in a bad mood so when I dragged the last drippy bag in the door and the bottom fell out and an entire quart of fruit salad hit the floor...Let's just say that you wouldn't have wanted to be there. I didn't want to be there with me. And I'm still finding mummified watermelon chunks under the furniture. (Nope, I think that this one used to be a cantaloupe actually.)
I spent many years in retail management, so I know why the shelves get rearranged from time to time and it's for the very same reason that I hate it. They do the milk carton shuffle specifically to nudge us out of our little routine and make us actually look at all of the merchandise that we would normally just ignore as we raced through the store with our beautifully structured and carefully drafted shopping list. From that point of view (as the retailer), it makes sense. From my point of view (with a beautifully structured, carefully drafted and now totally useless shopping list), it really bites the cheese (which was the one thing that hadn't moved). Oh sure, I eventually made the adjustment. And now my shopping list is just as beautifully structured and carefully drafted as it ever was before. But I always give the store manager a chilly look every time that I see him anyway. Humph! He obviously cannot be trusted to leave my orderly little routines alone.
We talk and write and think about change quite a bit here at The Witches Voice. Fritz is always looking for new software or codes or database tweaks to enhance the delivery of what you eventually will read or use on the site. A lot of these changes are invisible to you, the surfer, and in fact, we normally try very hard to make it so. We know (having been on both sides of the retail scenario) that when it comes to the things that we use a great deal, or that we view as handy dandy 'tools', we tend to dislike major changes that occur too suddenly or that disrupt our routine. So fair warning: Some things at Witchvox are changing.
Fritz has detailed some of the changes that we have already implemented further on down this page. You'll notice some new headers, some updated pages and some entirely rewritten sections. We plan to do more over the next few months. Why, you ask? Well, some of sections are the 'originals' that we wrote six or seven years ago. We checked the 'expiration date' and found it was definitely time to dust off those shelves and put up some new merchandise. The Pagan communities have changed. And you'll notice that we now are listing Pagan and Heathen and Wiccan and Reconstructionist and Witch communities to better help those unfamiliar with our growing diversity to better understand and celebrate the unique qualities and religious richness that each of these embodies.
While TWV can never be all things to all of these very different spiritual and cultural groups, we do hope that this particular change will encourage some of those who have not been represented on TWV before to share their knowledge both with us and with those who may be just now discovering these very same Pagan and Heathen and Reconstructionist religions. It won't be perfect at the start, and may never be perfect in the end either, but we feel that such a change is indeed more reflective of who we -- as a worldwide, diverse and growing set of religions -- are now. Your suggestions are always welcome and your comments are greatly appreciated.
Some things won't change however. These are the things that we believe help to make TWV what it is. Like our neutrality stance. We always have and always will do our very best to treat each individual, group, tradition or religion fairly and equally. Any one who follows the stated ethical guidelines (also amongst the recently rewritten) is free to list with us -- and/or to remove their listing -- at any time and with no questions asked. Your work remains your work and you retain all of your copyright rights to it. We do ask that all groups respect the rights and beliefs of others. That does not mean that you must agree with another's point of view/interpretation or that you are restricted from sending in or posting your own.
It does mean that we operate under the code of Hospitality and we will not tolerate one of our invited guests beating up on another one. Each individual, group, tradition or religion may state his/her/their beliefs and tenets as long as this is done in an affirmative way. State who you are and what it is that you believe and why. If you are not Wiccan or Pagan or Heathen, you may state (and even emphatically) that you are not Wiccan or Pagan or Heathen. We just ask that you not attack any other person, religion or group in a personal way while under our 'roof'. Your message is about who you are, rather than what the other person, religion or group is not. TWV is a neutral gathering place for Pagans and Witches and Wiccans and Heathens and Recons. We have much that we can learn from one another. So let's just start there and see where it goes.
Changes happen. They happen by chance and they happen by choice. Changes happen to us and changes happen because of us. Our communities are changing. One or two words can no longer adequately sum up the rich diversity that is 'us'. And, perhaps most ironically, we have been very consistent in that. As Pagans or as Wiccans or as Witches or as Heathens or as Reconstructionists, we have survived. Withstanding both outer resistance and/or inner conflicts, we remain. If change does come then, we are confident that it will not happen to us; it will happen through us and because of us. And who knows where that sort of change might lead?
Maybe we'll even move the cheese.
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, July 8th., 2002
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