Articles/Essays From Pagans
May 19th. 2013 ...
The Role of Identity in Magic
Talking Trash? It's a Dirty Subject but Waste Happens.
My Wiccan Journey
13 Keys: The Victory of Netzach
May 12th. 2013 ...
Pagan Studies I: How Should We Define Modern Paganism?
The Third Path
Nothing Special... Part Two
May 5th. 2013 ...
The Value of Multicultural Awareness
Put Your Back Into It (Our Lady of the Sacred Honey Badger)
Moon Musings, Planetary Preponderances and Red Lipped Bat Fish
April 28th. 2013 ...
Lessons from the Lessers: Iris
April 21st. 2013 ...
Taken By The Goddess: The Crescent Moon Tattoo
The Gods/Being Godbothered
To Be A Witch
The Archetypes are Gods: Re-godding the Archetypes
April 14th. 2013 ...
On The Inclusion of Children
'Wand Fun' With Grandson
Lessons from a Baby
Lessons of Freedom: On Divinity and Healing
April 7th. 2013 ...
Out of the Broom Closet... Sorta
A Journey Through the Witches Tarot
History and Science Behind Numerology
March 31st. 2013 ...
What is the Magickal Self?
Ethics and Numerology
March 24th. 2013 ...
Keystones of the Sacred Land
March 17th. 2013 ...
Why Some Pagans and Witches Still Hide
Witch Heritage 101: What Happens When Witch Haters Joke about anti-Witch Films
I'm Not a Broom. So What's with the Closet?
March 10th. 2013 ...
Top Ten Stupid Things I Did as a New Pagan: Part 3
Hunting for the Real Witch in Film
The Collective Shadow
Lies - The Opposite of Truth
March 3rd. 2013 ...
Grounding and Releasing Negative Energy
A Patchwork of Magick
February 24th. 2013 ...
Top Ten Stupid Mistakes I Made as a New Pagan (Part Two)
February 17th. 2013 ...
Top Ten Stupid Mistakes I made as a New Pagan... Part One
Gardening with Crystal Energies
A Call from the Ancestors
Moon Musings, Planetary Preponderances and Black Water Snakes
February 10th. 2013 ...
We Are the Weirdos, Mister: A Completely Uncool Story of Origin
February 3rd. 2013 ...
"I'll Grind Your Bones to Make my Bread": Pagans and Animal Husbandry
The Role of Contemporary Culture in Magic
A Pagan Response to Endangered Earth
The Great Mother's Gift, Heinlein, and the Nature of Squirrels
13 Keys: The Glory of Hod
January 27th. 2013 ...
Why We Do Need Wicca
The Cosmos In the Coffee Shop
On Travel Spirituality and Magick
January 20th. 2013 ...
Beloved Backs and How to Save Them
Building or Burning Bridges?
Plants, Magic and Intuition
Plagiarism - How It Harms Our Community
January 13th. 2013 ...
Ramblings of a Pagan Guy: Stupid Clichés
The Magick and Power of Words
Aging Is Not Easy
The Riddle of Who We Are?
January 6th. 2013 ...
Wicca v Witchcraft
A Witch in the Closet
How Many People Can You Fit Under An Umbrella?
Gut Hunches, Mouse Dreams, and Pinkie Sense
December 30th. 2012 ...
Ritual "Cheat Sheet" Bracelet
Magick is All Around Us
Confessions of a Living Satyr
A Tiny Bit of Belly Dance History
December 23rd. 2012 ...
The Warrior Goddess and You.
World Change: A Message from Greece
What's the Meaning of Life, Anyway?
My Brother's Keeper
December 16th. 2012 ...
Keeping Christ in Xmas
Love is the Law
Listen to Your Heart's Wisdom
NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.
The Missing Link: The Art of Debate
Article ID: 14752
Age Group: Adult
Days Up: 607
Times Read: 1,806
RSS Views: 18,882
Author: Crick [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: September 25th. 2011
Times Viewed: 1,806
For a large number of years I have been sharing my thoughts on the pagan community. Having been on this spiritual/mystical path since 1960 has given me plenty of time to observe, interact and to make comment on the direction that the Neo Pagan community has taken. Though I tend to be critical in my observations, I have always strived to be honest. And one thing that I see constantly these days and yet something that is seldom talked about is the loss of the “Art of Debate”.
Whether you are pagan, Neo Pagan or what have you, there is a common thread that we all claim to aspire to and a tenet of perception that we each claim to be a participant in…and that is that we are accepting of each individual to choose the path that they wish to follow. In Neo Paganism, this tenet has created the eclectic folks, as we know them today as well as the solitaires, which choose to create and follow their own spiritual path. Throw in the many different understandings of paganism of old and you have a plethora of Neo Pagan paths/groups. And if that works for you, so be it.
Along with such an umbrella of beliefs comes the tenet of diversity, which goes hand in hand with acceptance. For one without the other is a half circle, with neither tenet being quite complete in its structure. At this point of reading, folks will be nodding and saying “but of course we follow such beliefs”. But do we as communities really adhere to the self-ascribed tenets that we claim to follow as Pagans/Neo Pagans? How many times have you attended a physical gathering or gone on line only to witness a so-called “witch war”? And how often were such disagreements over some inane difference in perception of what one should believe? Or what was proper technique or what have you?
The Neo Pagan community already has a huge challenge when it comes to showing cohesion and solidarity to those outside of the Pagan/Neo Pagan community as well as to those who proclaim themselves as members of such a community. Does petty bickering aid or disrupt such a challenge? Far too often the hypocrisies of our self proclaimed standards of behavior become all too evident by way of our own actions. Way too often we allow ego to be the standard by which we present ourselves to those within our own umbrella of beliefs. And one can only wonder how those of the Abraham beliefs and others perceive such actions.
It is one thing to claim to be a pagan who subscribes to individuality and who in turn is a free thinker. But to then to turn around and pass judgment on those pagans who do not follow lock step in one’s personal opinion of how things are or should be done? Let’s face it, spirituality, whether as an eclectic, solitaire or as a member of a coven, blot or what have you, is in all reality an individual pursuit. There is no one size fits all when it comes to spiritual growth.
And so what is the greatest roadblock in front of us that prevents us from coming together as a true community? Well, there are probably as many answers to this question as there are folks willing to step up and answer. To the mind of this old witch, it is the form and/or lack of communication that the current society engages in. And this observation seems to apply whether one is a member of the Pagan/Neo Pagan community or of the so-called mainstream.
When I was growing up back in the 50’s and 60’s, folks were able to engage in the art of debate. They were able to approach a conversation with the comment “I disagree because”. It was an unspoken understanding that each participant to the conversation had their own personal opinions and that they came to the table under the understanding that they would be able to agree to disagree. Under such conditions, even when divergent opinions are offered, there is an opportunity to learn from each other. And when engaging the mystical arts and/or embracing spiritual growth, such reinforcement is a positive experience for those who engage under the tenet of common respect.
But alas, these days, it seems as if everyone has to be right, which means that someone has to be clearly wrong. To my mind, such an approach goes directly against the tenets of acceptance and diversity. Especially in an age where many folks who have stepped onto the Pagan/Neo Pagan path are in fact new to such concepts and practices involving the mystical arts.
Yes we all know that there is a plethora of 101 paganism out there, which has been regurgitated time and time again. But for the serious student, there is so much more to learn. And yet these days many folks engage in conversations with the preface “you are wrong because”. If one is going to be a Pagan/Neo pagan and claim to be accepting of the tenets that define Neo Paganism, doesn’t such an approach “you are wrong because” seem like an oxymoron? None of us have as many answers as we might assume at times and all of us should have more questions than answers.
As freethinking pagans we should always be open to the thoughts of others in regards to our various paths, for at the end of the day they all lead to the same mountaintop. By taking a moment to listen to others without preconceived thoughts of our own rightness, we are giving ourselves a chance to adjust the way we approach our Craft and our spiritual growth. And by doing so we are adding an element of cohesion to the tenets of acceptance and diversity that will reflect our earnestness in establishing a valid and thriving spiritual community, a community that is based upon spiritual growth and serious study of the mystical arts.
And so the next time you enter into a conversation you might want to be prepared to agree to disagree rather than trying to prove the other person wrong. Is this approach not what being Pagan is really all about?
Location: Manheim, Pennsylvania
Author's Profile: To learn more about Crick - Click HERE
Other Articles: Crick has posted 68 additional articles- View them?
Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE
Email Crick... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)
Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2013 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, Wrenâ€™s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witchesâ€™ 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.
of The World
NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.
The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.
All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).