Recently, I was listening to someone talk about the Wiccan Rede and go on to talk about their perceived set of rules and regulations regarding the religion of Wicca. A few thoughts came up...
It used to be common knowledge that African Americans were not people. Or, at least, they were not complete people. It was a fact. Furthermore, depending on the country, Jews, eastern Indians, and a whole host of races and groups of people were considered bad, evil, or otherwise worthy of exclusion and extinction. This knowledge was proven by scientists, written into textbooks, legislated, and implemented. It wasn't until decades, if not hundreds of years later, that the ideas finally evolved.
We used to think that if you were ill, you were possessed or otherwise afflicted with a supernatural malady. Over the centuries medical practitioners have known a host of incorrect and actually dangerous information to be unequivocally true. We used to give kids heroin/morphine/opium to sooth their mild illnesses. We used to perform lobotomies with long needles to cure depression, actually severing the frontal lobe of your brain from the rest of it. We used to drill holes into your skull to cure headaches and migraines. And it used to be common knowledge that a woman's vagina traveled around her body causing her to be a trouble maker. These things were facts. They were "medically proven" truths that the whole world took for granted. Until they weren't. Until they evolved.
I just wonder why religions and spiritual paths the world over are supposed to be the exception. Why is it religion that is immune to the needs of evolution? And why do we each think that our respective religions or spiritual traditions are the exception to the non-evolving rule?
I know that I'm going to get a host of people saying how Paganism, and its various umbrella traditions, is the most evolved tradition on the market. It's so open and understanding and forward thinking. But I can say two words that will knock all that forward thinking mentality right down: Harm. None. Or, if that doesn't do it for you, how about these: Black. Magic.
Our community is not immune to the dogmatic ideations of every other spiritual tradition on the planet. We are rife with our self-imposed rules and regulations and finger pointing and our own versions of absolute knowledge. There are so many people in so many traditions that feel they know the absolute truth. They can verify it! They have books and lineage and decades of tradition and work to tell you exactly why they know what they're talking about.
Where is the challenge in that? Where is the evolution? Must we take hundreds of years to finally admit that a woman's vagina doesn't travel around her body at night? Or, can we just call bullshit on it now and move on to figuring out the bigger questions in life?
I suppose that's what the Riot is. It is my challenge, my questioning. My search for evolution.
Love and Lyte,