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The Limits of Tolerance

Modern pagans pride ourselves on being a tolerant people.

In this we are wholly true to the ways of our ancestors, and it seems to me that we live up to this ideal often enough to claim it as one of the pagan virtues.

The dilemma arises when tolerance meets with intolerance, as the historic paganisms learned to their great disadvantage. Tolerance extended indefinitely must invariably end in ethnosuicide.

Tolerance may well be a virtue, but any virtue carried to extremes ceases to be virtuous. What, then, are the acceptable limits of tolerance? How much intolerance can we tolerate?

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  • Haley
    Haley says #
    Thank you for this well put, thought provoking piece, Steven. You really have a way of getting the gears turning.
Syria: Damascus Before the Wars Began

Syria, Damascus; Before the War Began March, 2011


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Ahimsa Grove: Vegan Thanksgiving Links

Here are the links I promised in my larger post on Thanksgiving. I would also like to add the famous poem, "Point of View," by Shel Silverstein. This originated in one of my favorite childhood books, which was "Where the Sidewalk Ends." May we all be happy and blessed.


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Ahimsa Grove: Vegan Pagan Thanksgiving Food, Family, and Gratitude


Like the Sabbat of Mabon, the secular holiday of Thanksgiving gives us a chance to sit down with loved ones and enjoy a meal. The bounty of the table is essentially an altar where the abundance in all aspects of our lives is symbolized. It may be bounty that we have, or bounty that we aspire to. Vegan Pagans add the component to this ritual of aspiring to be deeply aware of where each recipe ingredient comes from. Though we are as imperfect in this pursuit as everyone else, we seek to practice harmlessness toward others. Therefore a turkey’s body will not be at the center of our altar. We will seek to eliminate other animal-derived products, as well. Many of us will also take fair trade and other consumer issues into consideration. Is it all too overwhelming?

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I am a morning person at heart. I wake easily and love the stirrings of life waking up, as well as the stirrings of life going to bed for the daylight time.

The sky here is dark, promising rain later today or maybe tomorrow. There may still be time to plant some more spinach. Maybe.

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  • Ivo Dominguez Jr
    Ivo Dominguez Jr says #
    Thank you for your commitment to the work.
  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    And some folks aren't temperamentally capable of not hermitting and regrouping. We have the opportunity to play to all our strengt
  • Kate Laity
    Kate Laity says #
    Good reminders. I do have a tendency to withdraw, but always the work brings me back to the need to participate. My gift is words:
Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 16

The Guardian examines the long-term influence of one of the world's most famous science fiction novels. A comic details the story of a cop secretly practicing magic. And Vin Diesel explains how The Silmarillion informs his views of mortality. It's Airy Monday, our weekly look at magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Why We Speak English

In this season of the ancestors, I remember Horse and Hench, the legendary brothers (some would say, lovers) who led their people to the Promised Land.

England, that is.

You may, perhaps, know them as Horsa and Hengist, as they would have been called in their own day: literally “horse” and “stallion.” Hench is a worn-down form of hengist: a henchman was originally a hengist-man, literally a horse (or stallion)-man: i.e. a squire or groom.

Some would claim them as historic figures. J. R. R. Tolkien—himself a Hwiccan lad— certainly thought so. But of course it's not that simple.

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