I've been thinking a lot about the similarities between the pagan community and the traditional right-wing religions of today. Though both communities like to think they are uniquely different and serve a greater purpose, they are both becoming more similar then different.
As the years have evolved, the pagan community in its attempts to be taken seriously and looked at as a real religion has developed a bit of an ego. And sadly within its own walls members are competing vigorously for the role of Queen Witch or Elder of the Universe, simply because they wish to be respected and taken seriously. This ego-centric tone its very similar to the self-righteous approach fundamentalist use to discredit the belief systems of those who oppose them or think different.
In the pagan community we have our groups who think there are only a few methods for doing "proper" rituals. If you do not belong to the "right" group you are not considered valid as a pagan or a proper witch.
Give "ME A BREAK" Let's be real. Most of our beliefs have been a modern day creation. Let's not forget the fact that even some of the so-called elders made stuff up just to be taken seriously within the craft. Many pagans, including elders have claimed ancestral lineage simple to avoid criticism and rejection from the community at large.
Keep in mind many of us today learned the stuff from folks who learned the stuff from "BOOKS" written less then 45 years ago.
Talking about learning from books. This process reminds me so much of how many of us pagans criticise christains cause they base their beliefs on a book. Yet our roots are also based on written books many of us have read and poorly digested, yet we stick our noses in the air if someone else doesn't follow the same format. What gives?
Let's lighten up. Our tradition is based on nature. She is imperfectly perfect. She does not follow a format on paper. She does not create rules for worship. We do. And since we are the creators of this path its time to stop comparing and start sharing harmoniously, otherwise we too will become pathetic pagan fundamentalist if we do not keep it real with ourselves.
Let's not get our egos twisting our brooms into knots now, otherwise we will be flying in the wrong direction