Archive | January 2015

Packing for Civil Unrest

There are many kinds of fighting, struggling and facing anger. I do not see myself in such a place but can honor someone who does.

Strixian Woods

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: Protesters congregate at the Alameda County Court House during a 'Millions March' demonstration protesting the killing of unarmed black men by police on December 13, 2014 in Oakland, California. The march was one of many held nationwide. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 13: Protesters congregate at the Alameda County Court House during a ‘Millions March’ demonstration protesting the killing of unarmed black men by police on December 13, 2014 in Oakland, California. The march was one of many held nationwide. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Humans are social creatures.  Personal connection with our community is important for our mental health and social development.  One of the most harmful aspects of our modern consumer culture is the trend towards selfishness  and isolation from ones neighbors.  This disconnection from our local communities and it’s replacement by impersonal electronic social networks creates a world of misunderstanding and insular and isolated social groups. This is not a healthy way for social primates like us to live.  There are a myriad of ways in with one can reconnect with and serve their communities.  One of the ways that I have been called to…

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An article on Draugr

The subject of Draugr has come up in my personal life several times recently. Here is a good article on the subject:

http://www.onreligion.co.uk/northern-zombies-heathen-worldviews/

Let’s create a polytheist community rooted in worship and hospitality

I believe that I already do bits of this but admit that it is likely with other Norse practitioners. I DO feel strongly that we all need to work on hospitality.

Prophet and Loss

A fine Heathen view of current events, Islamic extremism and the risks we have to expect.

Most importantly:

The dreaded “other” will always be there, even if the definition is always changing.  Communist, fascist, Muslim, atheist, separatist; there will always be someone whose views are opposed enough to your own that your radical elements on both sides will strike out against those they cannot accept.  If you choose to sell your freedom for protection from words you are afraid to hear, or because you are so terrified that blood may be spilled that you would trade your freedom  for the security of defended chains, then you have become the enemy of the state.

mainer74

Prophet and Loss,

Hail!

As the more astute among you have noted from my opening I am of a minority religion in my own country, for I am Asatru, or Heathen.  While centuries ago this was the faith of the bulk of the people in Northern Europe, those days are long past and we are solidly in the minority wherever we dwell.   As such I have grown used to seeing my beliefs and my religion mocked by those around me, used by the media either for a cheap laugh or as a stock villain.  Welcome to the planet, we are all minorities here; some of us just get more reminders.

We live in mixed communities, in whatever nation we live in, the people around us come from many other faiths, many other linguistic groups, many other ideological understandings, and yet, they are a part of our local community, our nation…

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