I thought this overall a good analysis and this conclusion was my favorite part:
Out of an entire community, only one individual is willing to offer great personal sacrifice in order to protect his fellows from a dire threat that has grown up within the community. Rather than turning to violence against others, he nobly stands up and takes the resulting damage to himself. As a result, he gains the ability to join the hands of other people in agreement and harmony.
I have learned in various places that sometimes being willing to take a punch is as or more important than being ready to throw one, although I certainly am. Another way to put it:
Tyr teaches that sometimes we have to let the Nazi punch us, even if punching the Nazi is morally and ethically valid.
My willingness to take that hit shows others that I value them. I prefer to think of Fenrir in this story as an embodiment of community destruction, although I concede to deeper meanings. Sometimes you may not be thanked, but you will still have an effect.
(Note: This is not an essay about the history of Christianity and Judaism. They are merely familiar examples of open and closed traditions. There is no way I could possibly summarize the history of either, much less their interactions, in an essay of this length.) I’ve been thinking about this for a while. What does […]
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.
Not Healing, Remodeling. Heathen Community in a therapeutic context The Heathen community can be a really powerful tool for healing emotional and physical wounds, but it is not a tool that …
Beautiful, as always. It is the kind of safety that will “respect you in the morning” after you have been seen to be a bit broken. The kind of safety and support that helps you stand back up after you have been hit. We survive as communities but it does not absolve us from hard work. Well said again sir.
It is a community of people who care about you but see your scars and do not walk away that matters. Mainer74 has also written on ordeal and that has a similar component. Without a community, we do not have the tools to heal or remodel. Those people who will stand with you when you are broken and need to be reforged, as we sometimes do.
We are often made of brittle steel and softer iron and need to be pattern welded anew. To do this takes more than just yourself, even if the other person is just working the bellows.
First from a heathen who has certainly done some work on handling the divine and interfaith forums with monotheism as the dominant paradigm:
Second, a set of heathen and pagan practitioners on the recent reporting on the Pope:
I grant that I am likely seeing these due to my connection to two people but it was at least nice to see.
The first American mass shooter
First the article:
This ties to other posts:
It is worth remembering that how people in the US express heathenry, asatru, northern tradition or whatever else do not need to be directly related to practices in Iceland nor affected by extremist lunatics.