Archive | May 2015

Thoughts on Ritual in Heathenry

This inspired by this:

https://krasskova.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/the-problem-of-ritual-within-heathenry/

Which was inspired by this:

http://www.modernheathen.com/2015/05/21/pagans-heathens-and-asatru-oh-my-the-discussion-continues/

There are times I love very efficient ritual.  Sometimes, compared to the second author, I am even more low church than he.  I have commented on being able to do everything I need with a hip flask and words.  However, I have participated in some elaborate personal and public rites as well.  I agree that many heathens distrust the mystical, something I am far more tied to than I used to be.

I suspect this will continue to be a struggle for many of us.

Last night I mentioned Marcus Aurelius and here he is in comic form

http://zenpencils.com/comic/aurelius/

I do not solely use Stoicism, as I feel it insufficient.  However, Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus still have things to say to us.  I do think that we are better working together and that there is good in almost all.

We the People

I have nothing to add at this time. His words are always wise.

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We the people.

When did we forget this?  This was first, this was the central truth of our foundation, of our society since first we cleaved together as families, as clans, as tribes and villages, and then cities and nations.  This was first, and from this flowed all else.  We the people.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

That was how the American founding fathers expressed it.  In ancient times the free citizens understood and accepted the basic truth that they collectively formed the Polis, the People.  All free citizens understood and accepted that as members of the Polis, of the People, they had…

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A brief boxing interlude – Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight

So, first off, I did NOT watch the fight although I had an opportunity to.  I am not a fan of what PPV has done to a sport I found later in life and see as dying.  I was busy talking to people around a fire.

Second off, Mayweather is pretty much a wretch of a human being:

http://deadspin.com/espns-otl-reminds-us-floyd-mayweather-jr-is-an-unrepen-1700019587

However, he is clearly a brilliant technical boxer from and old school sometimes referred to as “Black Code” who is able to outmaneuver opponents and use their anger and confidence against them.  This article, written before the fight, details that:

http://deadspin.com/why-floyd-mayweather-is-the-last-of-a-kind-1700672546

From what I have read of the later reviews and what little I watched, the predictions were accurate:

http://deadspin.com/floyd-mayweather-is-a-coward-1701842801

NOTE: The above article is not the best written and you can argue that the writer does not know boxing well.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/05/boxings-boring-night/392246/

So, in a way, Mayweather is like the berserk thugs in Egil’s saga but in reverse.  He is calm and cool in the ring but a villain as a human being.

As I said, really an interlude with no direct correlation to anger and heathenry but an interesting study nevertheless.