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Someone in our tribe without naming names had a bad experience on psychedelics and started seeing demons. So we went a bit offline as Wiccan for a while to accommodate getting through this… Which is a shame, I love blogging about being Wiccan. How I coped with this? I turned my perception of Wicca into actionable reform & sustainability items.
Legend: My great grandmother was a “Psychic mind”
(quoted because by secular means it does not exist.) . I chose an interest in Web Design & Economics. I feel the Economics and Psychic mind cultures are very similar. Both of us are theoretical and somewhat nuts!
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My brother went to Catholic School in High School. Apparently somewhat it was to study the management and creation of religion. We wanted to create a culture that again was LGBT+ Progressive. Pluralist & inclusive. (We may have radicalized ourselves somewhat but we are hippies) I am reading…
“The first use of the term recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary was by philosopher and social theorist Alain Locke in 1924 to describe Robert Lowie’s “extreme cultural relativism”, found in the latter’s 1917 book Culture and Ethnology. The term became common among anthropologists after Boas’ death in 1942, to express their synthesis of a number of ideas Boas had developed.” From the video description of Cultural Relativism linked above.
I am Secular…
However, the practice of Wiccan activities is relaxing. Wiccans also share strategies and rituals to be adopted by others. I feel like an intellectual I can contribute and participate. Also in participating in this culture it is a lot better than sitting around and doing nothing.
Rhetoric: I was smoking with my brother in a circle like we normally would. He let me know that he wanted me to embrace my new found passion for Socialism but he said “Make Wicca your subculture.” You know what? I am enjoying the traditions of Inteligensia but why not add some Wicca for happiness?
Why Capitalism isn’t compatible? We don’t pay for this. We participate in these practices as a community & importantly as a family. perceptually the practice of paid-for Wicca in exchange for a show is entertainment and should be morally viewed as such. This practice would have tainted the tribes that contributed to the early collaborative works of Wicca. There is a real-life history of our practices. Wicca was officially created in the United Kingdom.
Are we communal? Only when we opt to live together in a first-world style family. It is important to mention “family” to us is not defined by blood. It is defined through spiritual connections and collaborations. Also like most other people in the world I have the resiliency of a son of divorce. (Divorce really is treated like a bigger deal than it ought to be.) The misery of divorce from a Utilitarian standpoint for me means that I only practice common law marriage.
It is hard to firmly set one’s philosophy and culture into words. However, I did like the aspect of the challenge from a language execution perspective. I have found the dismissiveness among atheists to Wiccans very insulting. If we use a physics model of observed reality I am an atheist. However, if we use the model of Social Media culture…. I am not! I am a Pluralist and that means I support someone’s right to faith.