I’ve written over 616 posts on this blog. On previous blogs I’ve probably written another hundred or so. I’ve lost count of how many comments I’ve made that honestly would be worthy of being called posts themselves. All told, I’ve probably written over a thousand posts worth of material alone. I’ve been blogging for nearly six years now, maybe even closer to eight. So what I say today is probably going to get lost in that giant pile of written works that I’ve done. But I want to say it anyways.
A large part of Heathenism is about respect. Your supposed to respect people, and you’re suppose to have honor. The more honor you have, the more people respect you. One of the major problems in Heathenism is that often enough no one treats anyone else with respect. That’s one of the major reasons that, while I still am part of the Norse Pantheon, I am looking and learning about the Religio Romana. I’m tired of the disrespect.
But I can’t even say that my exhaustion with the disrespect even really comes from dealing with my fellow heathens. War is a big part of heathenism, and frankly the constant fighting between Heathens is a reflection of that. We have no common enemies, so we fight each other. It’s destructive, annoying, and completely natural. No, my exhaustion with the lack of respect comes from other people, and other places.
I go on the news and web and I hear about ISIL a lot. A few years ago I got interested in studying Islam because I believe knowledge is power, and the power I gained showed me that Islam is a pretty terrible religion in practice. ISIL is the worst parts on steroids, but more on that later. Frankly, I think ISIL needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.
But I have more respect for ISIL than I do a lot of Social Justice people, or even my fellow Pagans who often jump on that bandwagon, who form their religion around SJ principles. And its for a very simple reason.
There’s been a couple posts in some of the Heathen Facebook pages that illustrate why.
The first one was a lady posted about a petition to make a new anchor apologize for a joke he made, because it was about some sort of seizure and this woman’s child suffered from those things, and she failed find it funny. When called out on trying to censor this man, she claimed it wasn’t “censorship” but “educating him as to how his behavior was offensive”…presumably so he would never do it again. Thus, his speech would be censored, but it was okay because it would be self-censorship. Thankfully, those that commented on the thread joined me in roundly denouncing her cowardice.
The second one was even worse, if you will. Someone posted about a man who had apparently killed several dogs. There was some confusion as to if the man had been punished (the OP claimed he had not been charged/convicted, repeatedly screaming at their detractors for having “failed to read” their post). From talking to this person, it sounded like they wanted to the take vigilante justice (even though the Law had found no crime, apparently) which we roundly called foul on. But then it turned out that the OP only wanted to send a bunch of angry emails to various people in power over the killing.
Can you spot where I might have my respect lie and why?
ISIL is a horrible, horrible government bound to a foul, cruel, supremacist ideology. It butchers people in the street for being different, for believing different, for any number of things. But they are willing to stand up and kill for what they believe.
The two above examples are perfect illustrations of how most SJ people work. They get angry, they expect people to follow their lead, be offended by what offends them, and to make the behavior stop…for the SJ person. Angry emails, twitter campaigns, verbal harassment until Actress and Scientist alike apologize for daring to offend SJ sensibilities…but there is no physical violence, no real effort done by them. They “raise awareness” of a problem, but when push comes to shove they expect someone else to shove for them. I actually had more respect for the Dog Poster when it sounded like they were going to go kill the person they were protesting. At least then they seemed willing to actually do something more than sit on their ass.
That’s really the reason I don’t go out and do a lot of activism, or even really protest a lot of stuff. Because that’s my threshold. If the problem isn’t worth killing and dying for, then it isn’t really that big a problem. It can be solved with either rational discussion, or it doesn’t need to be solved. The fact is that most SJ people will not do a rational discussion, and instead form a lynch mob howling for blood and to silence those things they do not agree with (even if they’re too cowardly to actually take it).
Using violence to enforce your beliefs is, to me, wrong. Certainly, you can use violence to defend your beliefs is someone comes after you, but to make people believe as you do is wrong. But I can better respect a person willing to use violence to make someone believe as they do…than someone who screams until a different person comes along to enforce the former person’s belief against a third.
I have to agree with you about activism. There’s no real reason to go out and fight for social justice if all the fight consists of is angry emails and verbal harassment. Back when civil rights movements were strong, the people who took part in them were ready and willing to deal with violence either by incurring it or inflicting it. I have respect for groups that do that today – I read an article awhile ago about a town in Virginia where a group of people went and physically sat themselves down in front of the fracking area in order to protest the destruction of their town.
But a lot of people in this world aren’t willing to protect themselves or the places they live, and that’s really sad. You mentioned that respect is important, and I don’t think anyone would ever outright disagree with that sentiment, but I think that self-respect has to come before any other type of respect. Because if a person doesn’t respect himself, then he can’t possibly understand how to respect someone else.
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Okay, so first off let me say that I’ve been lurking around your blog for a while now… since back when it was “A Heathen’s Path” and it has been a huge resource for me in gaining insight into modern heathenism that isn’t incredibly biased by the heavily christian area in which I live. So, thank you for that.
I’d like to point out though that there is a difference between being willing to defend your rights, beliefs, and way of life, and actively trying to force said beliefs and culture on someone else in a violation of their rights; the reality is that we in america deal with the same issue but generally with the extreme violence. While I can respect someone for their willingness to fight for their beliefs, I can’t really respect a belief that insists itself to be the only valid belief around.
*without the extreme violence… oops.
And this is my single biggest problem with the SJWs. Get up or shut up. Seriously. I tend not to talk much about the stuff I actually do, mostly because there isn’t that much of it. I AM however involved with a couple of groups that get out and go do physical things to help out the world around us. Like collecting food for children of poverty-dwelling families (because kids aren’t responsible for their parent’s situation) or cleaning up neglected cemeteries and picking up roadside trash. I really do like these people. They are very much a “put your money where your mouth is” kind of group. I promise we do exist! We just don’t brag about it that much.
Lucius Svartwulf Helsen said:
I admire you for doing good work.
I remembered another example (and metric for what matters) from a while back. When all this #blacklivesmatter thing was going in full force, a bunch of students skipped class for a couple weeks to go “protest.” When they came back, they wanted the university to give them “passing grades” on the final because “they were off doing something noble and couldn’t study…but didn’t want their gpa to suffer.”
Yet back in the civil rights days, a number of black students, whose entire families had saved up so that one of them could go to university for a better life…left school, apologizing to their families as they went off to join MLK and risk life and limb. They were giving up their one chance at a good life in order to do what was right.
And that’s how you know what something really is worth, at least to me. If you are willing to die, kill, or fuck up the rest of your life to accomplish something…then you value that thing. If you wanna cry and have everything work out for you while you run off to play savior with no consequences…then you’re just being a selfish twat.
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