In the end, 2011 went down as a pretty big year, all things told. For me personally, while I won’t say this year was my biggest, it did have some big changes. And for the world around us, it did have it’s share too.
The world saw the death of one of the most effective and reviled (and praised) terrorists in Osama Bin Laden. We’ve seen the world go to pot as big banks and bigger governments played the little guys for suckers and took more money than has existed in the history of mankind. We saw revolutions, and we’re seeing the fall out of these revolutions.
In the pagan world, we saw our share of fights. We burned up the web when the Dianics held a women’s only event and trans-sexual women weren’t allowed in. We watched, heck we all jumped in, on both sides of the fight. Some claimed that the transsexual women deserved to be allowed in, because they were women. Others, myself included, declared it was wrong to force a group to change its beliefs and practices, that they too had the same equal rights as transsexuals, and if their religion was for natural born women only, or certain rituals were, that we didn’t have the right to force them to change. Nor should we try, lets we find our own paths being forced to follow the dogmas of another path against our will, because they found it exclusionary or offensive or whatever. We watched as once respected elders were ostracized because of their views. Personally I don’t agree with all the Dianic’s path, but I don’t think they should be made to change because of it. We’ll see what resolution comes of it.
My world changed too. I moved out of an abusive home. I worked more on building relationships. I grew up more, grew older, watched another year go by. Facing a world filled with lots of troubles and not a lot of options, yet still trying to keep my head up. Recently, I came to a number of realizations about the vast majority of pagans. And, I’ve started trying to avoid the fights I used to get into. Not because I don’t believe I was right to fight, or to argue, but because while I embrace conflict and even violence, when it becomes impossible to resolve, it’s best to just move on. You can’t change people, I learned, and you can’t make them see what they don’t want to see. We might not have dogmas of faith, but far too many have dogmas of politics, which they have made into their faiths. They might want to take the religion out of the state, but they let the state into their religion. They didn’t get a Reese’s cup when they did.
Where do I, or the rest of us go from here? The future is never really set. Oh, we all have our fates, our wyrd, but end the end we still have our choices, and there’s something like seven billion people here all doing just that, some more than others. I guess it’s just one of those situations where you put one foot in front of the other, and never look back.