Time For Change
I was thinking recently that the reason Goddess Religion/Paganism/etc. is so misconceived and under populated is that there is a lack of people telling other people about it. Many traditions feel a need for secrecy that I no longer understand. Before we get too far in this I would like to make clear that I believe there is a difference between proselytizing and educating. I do have to wonder, however, that if we had been proselytizing for the last few centuries the world might be a whole lot different.
Many of us tend to complain about the state of the world and various political issues without doing too much to make a difference. Political avenues seem to be the only ones people are willing to walk down when concerning changing the world. Spirituality is pivotal when deciding how a person thinks and acts. If we could share a better understanding of our spiritual ideas perhaps people would start to think differently and the world would actually change - maybe even evolve.
Once education had spread far enough it could lead to some government funding, organized temples, becoming a voting block, etc. Isn't it time we stop hiding who we are and bickering about our differences in the back alleys of our communities? Is there anyone else out there who feels it's time to move to the next level or is it just me? I want more. I want an organized structure without corruption and a place to raise a family under the love of the Great Goddess.
My daughter asked me the other day why she has to be different. She thinks it's "cool" to be Christian because everyone in her class is. The other kids teach her Bible songs and tell her about going to church. Where are the opportunities for Goddessian people to offer those things to their children? I want a religion with top-notch, University accedited training facilities and the ability for paid clergy who can run the organization of our temples. I want the structure and influence of the 'Church' without the money hungry totalitarian rulers behind it. I want a place where the relgion of the Goddess can flourish for generations as more than just a "passing fad for militant feminists and lesbians" (this is what I believe the world thinks about us).
The time has come for change. The first thing we need to do is break free of some of the more modern labels we've taken on, most of which are slurs that were used against our ancestors millenia ago.
Quoted From Another Source:
"The word Pagan was given to the non christians by christians as an insult. It means country dweller which at the time equated to dirty, poor, uneducated idiot, now there's a name worth keeping! ... We are "pagans" because CHRISTIANS say we are!"
Am I barking mad up the entirely wrong tree? I'm willing to admit it's possible and I'm even more willing to hear alternative solutions.
Always in Her Service,
This is an interesting question. I ride the fence on whether we're better off disorganized and disenfranchised *or* the opposite. I think there's strength and difficulty in both roads.
Reflecting on what names we take on is near and dear to my heart, as is reflecting about our traditions and where they come from.
I hadn't thought of the origin of the word "pagan" itself. Will have to ponder on that one for awhile.
On a personal note, I've migrated my blog to my home page, and I'd be grateful if you would update the URL in your link when you get the chance:
New URL: http://www.goddessmystic.com/
Old URL http://www.goddessmystic.com/blog/blogger.html
Thanks and blessings!
Thanks for your comments Sage. I've updated your link for you. Sorry about that.Post a Comment
I do think that the situation of being organized or not is very grey. I feel strongly that it would be beneficial to be organized, but I realize that there would be much to do in order to keep the more ego-minded folks in check and corruption to a minimum. This really isn't all that different to what goes on in local communities now. Everyone seems to want to lead things their own way. While diversity is great I would like to think we can come together on some things and be more unified as a whole. It would certainly be difficult to accomplish such a task but in my opinion there is a need. Hopefully someone someday will figure out how to pull it off.
Thanks again for taking the time to comment.
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