Last weekend I spent a day at PantheaCon. I couldn't afford to go to the whole thing, with having to work and all, plus I was feeling rather ambivalent about the "community" as present at the con, and running it.
me it seems that the community has been taken over by the white-light
tone police. These are the people who admonish you if you post angry
blogs, or swear, or point out problems, or are actually angry about
things like cultural appropriation and fat shaming in paganism. They
"tsk, tsk" at your "outbursts" that they see as "dangerous" to the
"How dare you be angry! No one will listen
to angry people! You have to speak reasonably, with 'love' in your
heart. Don't endanger the respect people have for us." is the message I
hear in the pagan blogosphere.
Fuck. That. Shit.
that's what I have to do to be considered part of your little white
light, goody two-shoes, social norm enforcing, non-threatening
community, then you can take your damned community and shove it up your
"my shit doesn't stink" ass!
If we can't, or won't,
listen when people are upset about stuff, but feel the need to silence
them with tone policing to "preserve harmony", "not be dangerous" or
some such bullshit, then I feel we have failed as pagans, as servants of
the gods, and as people who can and will change the world. If we value
conformity and "niceness" more than we value truth and fairness, then
we're no better than a bunch of Baptist hypocrites.
that is now our community standard, the silencing of the aggrieved and
marginalized until they learn to "talk nicely" about their issues, then
we are as bad as the quasi-liberals who want peace and order more than
they want justice and change.
If being listened to on
the web or at a conference requires us to couch everything in terms of
what is pleasing to others to hear, we are actually nothing less than
unwilling to hear that which might make us uncomfortable. Then we
become just another "three monkeys" community, not magicians willing to
examine ourselves and our lives. That's the real danger, but people
won't see that.
Oh, it's "acceptable" to "peacefully
protest" environmental causes, as long as we aren't "angry" about it.
It's "acceptable" to protest the treatment of people who are other than
us, like "the homeless", as long as we are "the calm voice of reason and
peace". Meanwhile, we ignore the real economic hardships withing the
community, although maybe we'll contribute to a nicely worded
What a joke.
lost our fire in the rush to become "mainstream". We have lost our will
to be angry and change things. We have lost the ability to accept anger
as a valid emotion, and allow it to have healthy outlets - and I don't
mean silencing it and trying to meditate it away. We have become a
"respectable" minority, always speaking in uplifting, reasonable words,
and have lost our fire and heart.
We. Have. Lost. Our. Soul.
would challenge people in the pagan blogosphere to write one blog post
where they were passionately angry about something, where they saw an
injustice that was so totally outrageous that they would swear and rage
about it. Gods only know there is plenty in our world to be angry and
outraged about. Find it, and say it.
Tell the tone
police to go fuck themselves, and find your voice again. Save our
community from the "calm voice of reason" and forced cheerfulness. Post
a good, solid rant. Be dangerous.