Activists as Warriors
I was advised when I started this blog to see it as writing a sermon, with completely thought out points and a lot of preparation. It is true that some of my writing reflects that suggestion while many of the re-blogged posts would be less an example of that principle. This writing is a bit more “off the cuff” than others.
Heathenry tends to be inspired by a lot of Iron Age stories and myths that come from a more active warrior tradition than modern life demands. We tend to honor warrior ideals a lot and you can end up with a sort of toxic machismo and “boys club” as a result. Only recently, many likely celebrated something akin to an Einherjar Blot or other ceremony for honoring war dead and veterans. I have certainly hosted a number in the past and would have this year if other family emergencies had not intervened. We honor military service and many heathens I know are ex-military.
However, for at least six months I have begun to wonder if that is enough. Heathens are more likely to be more towards the right of the American political spectrum and dismissive of protests and activism. Some are even bigoted against LGBT citizens and their activism. I would counter that activism takes incredible courage. Facing heavily armed men with no weapons at all is not a minor act of bravery. Your only defenses are the hope someone else gets hit first and that the people with the guns will show restraint. I think we should at least consider the courage to face power with no weapons at all and I think I will honor such people in the future.
The urge to finally write this came from this article:
And the awareness shown in this one, which I have been recently trying to address:
Of course, this all ties back to my previous writings below: