Archive | June 2016

Depression, PTSD and Suicide

If a friend is hurting, and you know, try as hard as you can to reach out and lift them a bit. You may not get another chance. I know it can be very hard to tell sometimes, but try if you can. It is worth the effort.

You will regret it more if you never try.  Sometimes people are so deep that they cannot be reached, but you won’t know if you do not try.

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Troth Leadership and Communication Change

Looking Toward the Future with the Troth’s new Steersman

I was a member of this organization for about a year sometime back and think it is a good one. I have certainly felt that John Mainer is one of our better writers and thought leaders on several issues.  More specifically:

At the recent Trothmoot, members voted to change section 4.4 of their bylaws from “The Troth does not support any misuse of Germanic religion and culture to advance causes of racism, white supremacy, or any other form of discrimination.” to “The Troth is open to all who seek to know and to honor the Gods, ancestors, and values of the Germanic Heathen traditions, regardless of gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. The Troth stands against any use of Germanic religion and culture to advance causes of racism, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy, or any other form of prejudice.”

Something worth being aware of.

Mass Murder and Men

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/toxic-masculinity-and-mass-murder/486983/

The article is a bit too vague for my tastes but raises a point I have made elsewhere.  These attacks are mostly made by men choosing lethal means to express dominance and rage.  At some point, men (and those in their lives) need to accept this and find better answers.

Your ego CANNOT be so fragile that you think striking or killing someone for a slight is acceptable.

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/188039-men-are-afraid-that-women-will-laugh-at-them-women

We have been taught forms of masculinity that lead to violent existential crises. That has to stop.  No, that will not fix everything.  It will fix some things.

It also ties back to this: https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/how-a-record-of-abuse-might-point-further/

How a record of abuse might point further

I write about abuse and the victims.  It may turn out that being an abuser is a warning sign of darker future actions.  In that case, we need to be more aware of this and find ways for local municipalities to better deal with such problems.

Hail Freya, words well said

In Orlando Florida, the Pulse nightclub was getting ready to celebrate Latin night, but it was not to be. Omar Mateen had other plans. An American born of refugee parents, he came to Pulse with the intention of killing as many gay men as possible, answering the call of ISIS to do so during Ramadan. […]

via Taking the Pulse of Hatred — mainer74

Love is Love

Hail Freya, Lady, Vanadis!

People were slain for who they love and, from what we know, no other reason.

Their sacred place was broken by weapons, a typical Vanir and holy restriction:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-praise-of-latin-night-at-the-queer-club/2016/06/13/e841867e-317b-11e6-95c0-2a6873031302_story.html

Freya, may you help us to honor these who have fallen and can never stand again.

Freya, remind us that Love is sacred and no one should have to suffer or die just for who they love.

Freya, guide me in how I support others.

Soldiers of Odin, My Ass

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/06/09/a-growing-vigilante-group-targets-us-mosques/21392475/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

Great!  Now these knuckleheads are here.  I cannot tell from the article what other groups they might be affiliated with.

So:

  1. It is thanks to a Muslim that we know some portions of detail about our ancestors.  Consider reading once in a while: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_ibn_Fadlan
  2. I have not met a single reasonable follower of Odin that follows your position.  The closest I can think of indirectly was a man who said (and taught): “Odin hates Mexicans”.  That man was in prison for cold blooded murder to see someone die and I work daily to oppose that he has said.

Don’t claim you work for my gods.

Assholes.