May 19th, 2006
|05:04 pm - Questions to ask and answer|
Taken from latexpussy's lj, here's a bit of a quiz:
Ask me one question for each topic (in depth or simple) and I will do the same for you.
11. Home town
12. Physical Appearance
13. Volunteer Work
14. Life Goals
15. The World
My answers to her questions can be found in this entry.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Off to See the Lizard", -JB
1. Travel -- Do you think that the understanding of the foundational sameness of humanity in spite of cultural and linguistic decoration that you've acquired via your global traveling can be communicated to any large degree to someone who hasn't been abroad? What do you see as a primary obstacle to sharing those experiences with someone else?
I don't know. I think that the primary obstacle would be that people can't see past that language barrier. It's a conceptual barrier. There's also the fact that people are becoming more and more afraid of the world outside: Americans fear being kidnapped when they go abroad, or becoming targets. They think that every person in France hates our guts because France won't support our war with Iraq (and let's not talk about those dirty Muslims who are just being ungrateful!). Our perception seems to be warped in a lot of frightening ways.
2. Religion -- Like you, although I don't follow the spiritual path or religious practices of my parents, I don't regret being raised in a Christian church, and similarly value the perspective that upbringing lends me. What element of the Christianity you were raised in do you find most analogous to something in your current spiritual practice, and is there anything from that old Christianity that you wish you could bring to your Pagan traditions, but find incompatible?
Adoration. I was raised in a religion where God was not vengeful or angry. He was loving and wonderful. He created us because he loved us, and any sort of "tough love" we got was presented like a kid who brought home a bad report card: we were spanked out of love so that we'd do better, not in punishment because we'd done poorly.
The way I see my deities is similar, really. I adore them and they love me. They don't lash out in vengance or anger. Sure, they test me, but it's to develop the best in me, to bring out things that I don't even know that I have. They continually make me stronger, more able to help those around me. I never heard a "fire and brimstone" service until we started testing out churches in Chicago, where I saw my first message of hate from the pulpit. There was some sort of "morality play" in the service, where a woman was shown the consequences of abortion. We never returned.
Most recently, I went to a local church, and I found that I was in the same sort of company as the church I grew up in, and it felt really good to be there. I felt that people there adored their God. They weren't afraid of Him. And that made me feel good.
I'm not sure that there's anything that I really liked that I have ever considered "incompatible". I thought that maybe the concept of having a single deity might be, when I first read this question, but then I realized that not only have I never had any issue deciding who to address a prayer to, but I also sometimes work in a monotheistic paradigm: There is no Goddess but Goddess, and Her name is Eris. I don't find any disconnect with my usual polytheism here, to be honest, though I sometimes feel I should.
I sometimes attend church services, I admit, to pick up pointers from the preachers there. They have big churches for a reason: charisma and theatre are a part of religion, too, even though we don't like to talk about them.
3. Family -- Is there a point in your friendships with people where it is possible for someone to BECOME you family (short of marriage), or do you hold these things as two fundamentally seperate entities (via blood- and law-authority)?
Yes, there is a point where they become family. I have a number of people I consider family who aren't related to me in any way. Hell, I have a nephew and two nieces now, apparently (I'm "Uncle Mike" to them all) and I'm not related by blood or marriage to any of them, but I'd do anything for them.