I get some flack on occasion, because I have no problem calling someone a Fluffy Bunny. Is it a pejorative? Well, yes. Is it the nicest, best use of the English language? No, not at all. And in that light I might deserve some of the flack I get, because as a lover of words I should employ their use.
In the pagan community, you have a group of people that I like to call the 'love and light' group. Those people that insist life is an endless stream of warm fuzzies and positivity. These people tend to emulate the mainstream version of pagan: silly, flighty, making claims of ancient secrets in their attic, the ability to perform extremely improbable magical acts, or to have a magical bloodline dating back to a famous literary or historical figure.
These people are called, lovingly and not-so, Fluffy Bunnies. The term is meant to be used to define someone who got overly excited when they first discovered their first Pagan/Wiccan 101 text, went overboard on the patchouli oil, believed absolutely everything they read, and stopped. A fluffy bunny is not a new person, because nobody can be faulted for being new - or excited.
A fluffy bunny is someone who purposely stays in that initial realm of naïveté despite knowing that there is better, more accurate information to learn. It is the difference between being ignorant and being stupid. Ignorant people simply do not know some subject matter. One cannot be faulted for ignorance. Stupid is knowing you don't know something that you need to know and purposely remaining ignorant.
New people are new, but Fluffy Bunnies know that much of the information in the 101 texts is incorrect and do nothing to improve themselves. Many times these people will become militant about defending their right to their worldview, and they are right to an extent. They can believe whatever they want in spite of history, the laws of physics, or general reality. However, we need to stop saying the term Fluffy Bunny needs to be eradicated. It is a unique term whose unique definition is not replicated in any other term.
Fluffy Bunny: A pagan, or other witchy person, who remains purposely naïve concerning matters of religious or magical study despite knowing that better, more correct, more academically sound or well-researched information exists.
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Love and Lyte,