Turning the tides

August 15, 2008 § Leave a comment

Pink sunsetIt is not the way of Druids, nor of Ásatrú, to waste time and energy on “missionary stances” and on proving the verity of our traditions and inner knowledge to others. Truth exists within, at the Inner River (or Well) of Knowing. We do not wish to convert you to our way of thinking, but to inspire you to question certain basic, commonly held assumptions about what “truth” is, and to question those entrusted to defend and uphold “natural law”.

That requires questioning ourselves.

The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations

In Druidry we know and acknowledge that people will always be drawn to self-medicate, recognizing that “the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations,” despite protestations of those who would “steal” the sovereignty all humans have over their own body and life (autonomy). Not even when seemingly well-intended (though with some omissions). It is not okay to unduly influence others in their ability to think freely and extend their own intent and will.

All objectivity is based in subjectivity

We must each find our own passions and answers in this world, and none of us will do so “objectively”. Even the best arguments are biased, if only by their omissions.

The tide is turning

Science (as well as politics) now finds itself confronted with a huge volume of evidence that has been “denied” and “omitted” for the sake of continued energy dancing and domination. Ignoring waves of tension building up. A well known strategy. Maybe we can outrun the discharge when it comes!

The history of science is not a gradual, cumulative ascent toward increasingly true theories based on experience. Instead, it has been subject both to the cultural and social contingencies of the moment and to the random personal factors that have influenced the beliefs of many groups of scientists throughout history. Like Rutabagas of a quiet past in a stormy present.

Spreading memes and pemes

And at school, before we developed our critical mindsets, we got poured some of those “scientific” ideas in our head. For example, I was taught ancient cultures were quite localized and insular, but … the nature of ancient cultures really calls up an image of a vigorous global interaction through constant trade and migrations in me. I do not romanticize ancient cultures, but to my knowledge, the ancients were not localized insular societies. Contemporary archaeologists agree.

This tension between what I was taught and how I imagined these societies has stayed with me over the years. Humans can recall things from a past of which they have no direct personal experience. This is how we acquire a great deal of our knowledge and cultural baggage from the oral accounts of our elders, and the objects that they made and left behind. Humans evolve relatively fast, but not that fast, and (recognisable) universal laws and emotions play a part too.

How could it be that such an impressively rich, diverse, sacred, and venerable history could be hidden by a few for such a relatively long period? Goes to show how important having a critical mindset really is.

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