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Re: (Pagan) Religion as a Hobby...
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2012, 04:49:43 pm »
Quote from: Darkhawk;21020
Oh, as much merit as any other tendentiously offensive suggestion, I suppose.

Most of the people I see prating about how the kids these days just don't support The Community are people who think that they're entitled to special treatment from anyone who considers themselves pagan due to their self-appointed status, even if those people have no religious connection with them whatsoever.  Or people who think that everyone should throw behind their Wiccan or neo-Wiccan goals and don't care that people have other symbols, other holidays, other important issues.

"We pagans" don't benefit from being able to get Samhain off as a religious holiday; only those pagans who consider Samhain a holiday benefit.  The rest of us don't get time for our actual festivals - and might find it harder to do so if someone thinks they've already taken care of "the pagans".  "We pagans" don't owe Big Name Author a grand debt; only those people who actually do anything to which Big Name Author's work has relevance have any possibility of looking to that person as an elder in their path.

Blurring those lines makes a giant mess.


 
I think people who think that there is some The Pagan Community that has obligations mostly are under the unfortunate illusion that "pagan" is a religion, and I have no interest in supporting such counterfactual impressions of reality.

What I do in my community is known to my community, not the imaginary communities that I'm supposed to be a part of according to someone else's attempts to coerce resources out of me without my consent.



Uh, this basically sums up my opinion on it, right here. I couldn't put it any better than this.

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