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A bit of perspective

Link via ariestess, a recent entry in Dianne Sylvan's Dancing Down The Moon blog.

Here are the things I don't care about:
I don't care what the name of your religion is.
I don't care what the names of your gods are.
I don't care how old your religion is.
I don't care if your great-great-whatever grandmother passed down your famtrad Book of Shadows under the watchful eye of the Inquisition.
I don't care if an entire civilization worshipped your Goddess for ten thousand years.
I don't care if you made Her up based on manga or Tolkien or a dream you had.
I don't care where you place your altar.
I don't care which direction you call Earth.
I don't care how psychic you are.
I don't care if you're smarter than me.
I don't care why you eat meat, or don't.
I don't care how many shields you think you need.
I don't care how your childhood trauma made you a powerful magickian.
I don't care if you spell "magic" with a k.
I don't care if you were an Atlantean Magus in your last life.
I don't care if you're brand-spanking new.
I don't care how much you hate Christians.
I don't care how many degrees you have.
I don't care if people call you "Lady" or "Lord."
I don't care if you're King of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat.
I don't care if you can read minds or light candles with your breath.
I don't care how the world owes you a living.
I don't care if you've been studying the Craft for thirty years or thirty minutes.
I don't care what your totem animal is, especially if it's a wolf, raven, or unicorn.
I don't care if you can trace your lineage back to Gardner.
I don't care if you think I'm a moron, fraud, or basket case.
I don't care how many books you've read.
I don't care how much or how little money you have.

What do I care about?
I care that your religion has made you a kinder, more compassionate person.
I care that you can hold down a job.
I care that you're growing past whatever happened to you as a child or last year.
I care that your gods help you become stronger without coddling you.
I care that you are willing and able to adapt and change as your life does.
I care that you care about the Earth.
I care that you care about someone and something outside yourself.
I care that you practice your religion with devotion and reverence.
I care that you respect others' paths.
I care that you never stop learning.
I care that you can conduct adult relationships with respect and understanding.
I care that you get how hilarious life is.
I care that you know when to ask for help.
I care that you realize that someone will always be smarter, more powerful, and more together than you.
I care that you realize it doesn't matter, because tomorrow you'll be smarter, more powerful, and more together than you were yesterday.
I care that you have reasons for everything you do, even if those reasons are purely intuitive.
I care that you can admit when you're wrong.
I care that you know you're both a tiny speck in a vast universe and a rare, precious jewel in the darkened sky.
I care that you're making a difference.
I care that you know when to speak and when to shut the hell up.
I care that you are seeking a relationship with Deity and with Nature.
I care that you are healthy.
I care that you're contributing to your family and community.
I care that your capacity for love and joy increase with every passing year.
I care that you believe in yourself.
I care that you're doing the best you can.

(c) 2008 by Dianne Sylvan

ETA: She also has a great follow-up post here.

Comments

( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
amilyn
Feb. 9th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
::love::
wiliqueen
Feb. 9th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Just edited to link her follow-up post.
celli
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
She's awesome. :)
wiliqueen
Feb. 9th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
She really is. I'm going to have to start reading her more often.
maiac
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Ding ding ding ding ding! We have a winner!

From the follow-up post: "My conclusion: there is nothing spiritual about an asshole. The vocabulary words and trappings make no difference. If your faith has not helped you become a better person and helped you live a more joyful life, you're doing it wrong."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. conveyed the same message, very concisely, about his own religion: "Don't tell me you're a Christian. Let me figure it out."
wiliqueen
Feb. 9th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
"Don't tell me you're a Christian. Let me figure it out."

Amen indeed.
sherron0
Feb. 9th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
WOW
wiliqueen
Feb. 9th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I'm surprised that she was surprised it struck such a chord, but then people seldom recognize that kind of inspiration when they're having it.
diannelamerc
Feb. 9th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Wow. Well, *well*, said!
wiliqueen
Feb. 9th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? And she seems so surprised by the chord it struck. But as I said in another comment, people often don't recognize that sort of inspiration while they're having it...
ariestess
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
*whispers* It was me, not shatterpath, tho' she'd probably have forgotten if she posted it anyway... *veg*
wiliqueen
Feb. 10th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
D'oh! Freudian typo. I was picturing you and typed her name. Weeeeeird. The brain, she is fried...
ariestess
Feb. 10th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
*glances at shatterpath, then at self in mirror*

Yeah, I can see the resemblance... *veg*
irish_horse
Feb. 11th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
That's fabulous.

I'm getting much deeper into my Wicca these days, since my dad is now practicing, too; it's amazing.

Thanks for posting.
wiliqueen
Feb. 11th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that -- how cool!
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