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Author: Liam Cavanagh
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Fluff Bunnies. Fluffy Bunny Pagans. Fuzzy Bunny Wiccans. Fluffy Bunnies. Fluff. Bunny.
No, it’s not Easter. There’s no rabbit farm in sight. And you are not under the influence of euphoric drugs. Now, let us spread the fluff.
What this essay essentially is about is significantly the most superficial, hypocritical, and self-defeating phase in Pagan history: Those damned fluff bunnies.
This statement could be interpreted in several ways.
If you’re one of those self-important posers, who like to spread the self-elitist attitude in hopes of steering the general public away from the ‘fluff bunnies’, it may and probably will attract you.
On the other hand, it may attract the apparently "silly and/or naïve". Goddess bless you.
Yes, that’s right, you oh-so-naïve one. This is your calling.
You may be the ones who have been labeled as the ‘fluff’. You may just be starting out in Wicca perhaps, or dabbling in spells, crystals, and the goddess. You may like the fact that Wiccans practice witchcraft to empower themselves. You may collect books written published by Llewellyn and believe you can create magic by saying a few words over a burning candle (a green one, for that prosperity spell, right?).
Oh, and then there is the magic, spelt with a K (magick), and just the other day you began to call the God and Goddess, Lord and Lady. In conclusion, knowing you can have anything you ever wanted is a very exciting prospect, indeed. I know this, too.
But alas, there have emerged some individuals bent on saving the world from you. How silly you think. Well, unfortunately it is.
They’ve infiltrated websites and forums and now the chatrooms… and to be completely honest, well, let us just say you are not safe, kiddos.
These seeded websites, my dear, are not for the faint hearted. Firstly, everything is shoved down your throat so fast it makes cheetahs look like snails. Secondly, your innocence is suddenly torn away by arrogant statements. Subsequently, you’re questioning your own personal beliefs.
I am one of those victims.
Is it right that this sort of behavior is accepted? I don’t think so.
In Japan, they teach kids from an early age that all humans are fragile and sensitive, and should be treated with kindness and respect. This should not be limited to Japan. We shouldn’t block the learning process that certain individuals must go through just because the ones who think-they’re-better-than-everyone-else proclaim that it’s a disgrace and an embarrassment to our religion if they don't it letter-perfect the first few times.
Silly, isn’t it? A few kids have a bit of fun and then out come the anti-fluff crew from the closet like manufactured candy.
There are some reasons why they may be tormenting you fluff people…certain people have proclaimed that Wicca is the oldest religion in the world, and you read books by certain authors. The first is just beyond a cliché now, and the second is just inappropriate by all means.
Focusing on the history issue, I don’t care how old Wicca is anymore. I don’t think a lot of people do these days anyway. But for a lot of anti-fluff people, that seems to be their selling point. It is argued that Wicca was made up (or discovered, rediscovered, revealed, etc.) in 1954. (I say 'argue' because I’ve talked to a lot of people who would disagree on this point.) In my view, this issue is still something that can be debated.
But the anti-fluff folk don’t like it when you like to believe Wicca is older than Christianity. Just to add in, they also don’t like it when you blame the Christians for the murders of your fellow ancestors. They’re just oh-so-mean my fluff-dear, I know.
With all this simple, gifted wrapped information, I might assume you’re going to think I’m going to tell you not to be a fluff and then guide you to something I think would be … how do I put it … good for your well-being. I’m going to make my point clear as garters right now. I am not an anti-anti-fluff bunny because I respect the rights of whom this may concern.
Furthermore I am not in agreement with those who are against anti-fluff bunny people. They’re all for bringing down the hatred, too. But whom I am behind, is not only the younger generation (because the young ones are more susceptive to believing things, ‘fluff style’; bless ‘em) but also the ones who practice Wicca, or whatever they want to call it, and feel wronged personally whenever someone starts shouting the word, “fluff-bunny”.
Simply, it’s all about giving people the faith and humanity they all deserve.
Wicca, politically, is about Freedom of Choice and I think we should encourage that.
If someone chooses to believe they can fly, then so be it. If someone chooses to acknowledge Goddess most of the time, then so be it. If it’s not the ‘right’ way, who cares? Its still faith, and its freedom of choice, something every human being, including Pagans, have right to, and shouldn’t be harassed for, no matter how wrong, silly, pathetic or stupid it may seem to you or others.
Let’s see if we can turn this superficial, hypocritical, and unnecessary self-defeating phase around and turn over another leaf.
Goddess knows, we need it.
Copyright: Liam Paul Cavanagh 2006
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