I have found lately that the more people seem to be coming out of the woodwork to criticize what others think or write. If you make a comment that is against some “minority group’s” comment you are labeled a hater of that group. When you state something that comes up in studies which a religious group seems to think puts their heroic leader in a bad light, you are labeled stupid or ignorant. And if you make some comment about what you have found, there are those who make a comment that they won’t make a comment and them proceed to write a long dissertation as to why they aren’t leaving a comment and how wrong you are (again) to put down their hero. When I post, it is to put forth my comments/opinions/observations. I don’t expect people to either agree or disagree with me. If I want a reply/observation/opinion I do ask. Currently I have people on this place, twitter and a couple other places who all they do is post “hate” messages and give no real reasonable conversation about what I post. I may not happen to agree, but I try to hold a constructive conversation. Problem is these people seem bent on not reading all the way through and call me untruthful, a bigot, and ignorant. Why is it people don’t seem to want to have a civil/constructive conversation. This I am posting out of exasperation since on of the posters seems to think waiting over a month or more will change the outcome and my mind.
I have noticed a growing trend to publish anything and everything that has to do with Paganism, magic, witches and all other things connected to these things. Some, if not most, of the information out there is hap-hazard at best and down right dangerous at worst. Still people have a right to wright about, AND publish anything, and the so called “Neo-” or “New Aged” sect seem determined to undermine this.
“Don’t read anything from ‘X’ because her writings encourage kids to turn against their parents” (as if they needed a book to do this) or “Don’t buy anything from Publisher ‘I’ because they are just there to take your money!” I wonder if these people actually read these books and such or are they so rich they don’t need to work in the public sector to survive. One of my blogger friends stated something to the effect that most of what is out there floating about the stores and web are bogus. You know something? I agree, but that doesn’t mean that something in that flood of information is not relevant. I refuse to trash those out there and actually encourage people to read any and everything they can get their hands on. I say this because I happen to know that what may work for one person or group may not work for others. Plus I remind them that there are rules which govern magic and how it works.
Magic is subtle and to think you can use it to control someone or gain great wealth. Doesn’t work that way. There are things to consider before you even start. First off it is a craft which once you commit to it, it becomes your life and you must become a lifetime student. Also, those elite groups who say there were never solitaries seem to forget that before larger civilizations started coming into being, there was usually just one “wise woman/man” per villiage or who traveled about. Sometimes they chose someone who was to become their apprentice and would take over either take over upon their death or handle one or more of the villages the elder would be working with. They usually chose someone old enough to work, learn and help out. Thinking that you can say you are a witch WITHOUT training is kind of silly. I prefer my students to be 18, preferably 21 and older.