Protective Action, guarding what you consider important
Hostility, As in this is MINE you can't have it
Possessiveness, Which is like the above, but not Hostile
Isolation, cutting one off from all other input
means to get behind a Wall,
On the Path of Life, Much less the Pagan Path
there is time for openness .. Open Gates
and a time for setting limits ..Closed ones
is said that good fences make for good neighbors
Well defined limits of what's acceptable, for one
Ever notice how some people seem to think
that because your religion is not in the "main stream"
that the otherwise reasonable behaviors of propriety, go out the window ?
That they feel they can ask you things that are downright rude .. or
at the very least, none of their business.
say things to you .. that if someone said such to them
I have had all of the above and then some
you get one of these .. here's what you do
Me and my faith or don't talk about it
as much of a Fuss as need be, but make sure this person understands
a Wall of forbidding
A wall says.. beyond this you may not go
No trespass into your space ... period
gate says .. you might pass within .. with MY leave
a great deal on who is about I would think :)
set the limits of trespass and ingress
the foolish will reign and continue to paint us all
the need for sermonizing or preaching
Some might argue that this very Web Site violates that idea
of Preaching or seeking others
But does it?
wrote the blurbs when submitting to the Engines very carefully ..
Welcome come on in
only if you want what's in my "Pagan" Garden,
wise most of the descriptions or titles, that any Web crawler may pull
have not gotten any nasty notes from people saying ..
I have gotten many a nice letter and a few new friends :)
said .. Onward
So why are such limits and slow downs needed at all
for the Average Pagan..? Why would we want/need to ?
you ever tried to explain the Pagan Way
come away more confused or hostile
simple No. that's not how it is.. will do ..
"If you like, we can do Coffee and I will tell you the basics"
Which leaves it up to them to seek you out if they are interested
No that's not how it is.. check out X
book from the library,
have memorized the authors and titles to many books
they can no longer come up and spout their ignorance to your face,
As in my experience,
there are three kinds of people, who ask questions about us
who want to bash us, because they disagree with us
who are sensation seekers who have half heard tales of us,
Those who really want to know :) Welcome
got to take down a basher once, a particularly pushy type who came up to
me .. again .. to ask
He was just doing it to see me try and
explain or deny it, so he could poke holes in it,
He never brought the matter up again :)
So this kind of Gate keeping does work
they are the REALLY rabid type who will never even try to understand
invent your own.. but can you see where I am going ?
We must gain acceptance in order to practice our faith
without fear .. yes.. can we do this by the Isolation of Walls ?
NO.. if we do this We will never help others understand that
we are no harm to them .. and might even be a friend to them
and that we are more LIKE them than they may think
Will blocking out people .. help.. ? NO
total open door where we tell all to any who will listen .. again.. NO...
spare me from such a task hehehehehe..
So it's a fine line we walk ..
between Open and Closed Gates
But if the fates are kind .. it need not always be so
is why I chose the lovely Ice Sculpture at the header to illustrate my
Welcome and Blessed Be