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Changing Minds

The fact is, people do change their minds.

The question is, how to get there.

I came across an interesting story recently in Leonard Zeskind's 2009 Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream.

Zeskind was interviewing a heathen who held to a staunchly folkish position: i.e. that the Northern Way is exclusively for those of Northern European descent.

Well, but.

There's a man who has been part of the informant's local heathen community for years. Decades ago this man decided to make heathenry the center of his life, and he's done so ever since.

He knows the Old Lore thoroughly. He does lots of work in the community.

He's a committed Thorsman who offers to the Thunderer every day.

He's black.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Studies show that when people change their minds, it's usually the result of personal relationships. It's a long, slow work, a wor
  • James H. McCoy
    James H. McCoy says #
    I like the post. Also being a Heathen who is black... just have to go the extra mile to show that the hammer around our neck is no
Choosing Goddess Ideals of Partnership Not Domination of Journalistic Bias

For the last decade I've been speaking about partnership as a value within Goddess spirituality or Sacred Feminine liberation thealogy, because I realized it could save the world.  Partnership within ourselves, with our friends and community, between employers and employees rather than the current exploitation found in predator capitalistic domination.  Partnership between countries to prevent war, and between humanity and Gaia to save all the species on the planet from mass extinction and prevent the continued and on-going rape of Mother Earth, in all its many forms.  I recently took an online course at Riane Eisler's Center for Partnership Studies called "The Power of Partnership" and it was a great refresher with new information inspiring me, and enhancing my ability to speak about the necessity and power of partnership in more specifics, but for me personally, two areas were most significant. 

First, I realized in my passion to teach the power of partnership I probably was not in good relationship with myself.  It was a reminder I have to put the oxygen mask on myself before I can for anyone else in order to keep teaching, caring and sharing.  It was also a reminder to tend my personal relationships and not neglect those closest to me or take them for granted.  I believe its been a wake up call to be more compassionate and make time for others in their daily struggles with the challenges of life - struggles that might not be so severe if there was partnership not domination built into our socio-economic structures, which brings me to the second point I focused on for the class - the lack of journalistic integrity as domination.

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Lines in the Sand

Lines drawn in the sand, or in my case on the road.  There is a place on my drive to work where the road is wide enough for two lanes though it isn’t marked that way.  At one point, there are yellow lines on the road to mark the beginning of a left turn lane.  Even though there is nothing in the road to stop it, people change over to the right lane, then move back into the left lane to make their turn. 

This always makes me chuckle.  You can clearly see there is nothing in the road, if you just keep moving forward over the top of those yellow lines, you would be in the left turn lane.  Yet daily, people follow the lines that push them into the right lane before they switch back to make their left turn.

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