Being a Vodouisant/Pagan/Christian/(insert religion of choice here) won’t necessarily make you a better person

For about a month now, I’ve been disgusted by the behavior of some members of various groups I follow online, including some people in the Vodou and Pagan communities.

I remember when I was much younger (teens and early twenties) I had the foolish misconception that members of my particular religious group (Wiccan at that time) were somehow more kind, understanding, accepting, compassionate and open-minded than members of other religious groups (namely Judeo-Christian type faiths, according to my dopey views at that time). That certainly turned out be a bogus delusion. I’ve been aware of that delusion for many years now, but this past month has really brought it into focus.

For starters, there are at least two rather prominent people in the Vodou and Pagan communities who are rather unapologetically hateful bigots. This is very, very ugly and unfortunately those types of attitudes turn me off to the degree that I will not have anything to do with those people or their publications/blogs/websites/presentations in spite of the fact that they have contributed things of value.

Secondly, there seems to be a lot of online plagiarizing of artwork, articles, spells, writing styles, you name it. You would think that people supposedly knowledgeable about magick would be smarter than that. Surely they would realize that the witch they are stealing/copying from has not published all of their knowledge online. If said witch is powerful and knowledgeable enough for them to envy, why on earth would they want to piss said witch off? It boggles the mind.

Thirdly, the degree of pettiness, passive-aggressive behavior, delusions of self-importance and online whining/badmouthing/slander really leaves a rancid taste in my mouth. Not everything needs to be aired online, and rather than make the absent party look bad, it’s the badmouther who ends up looking like the asshole. You can’t trust those people; if you get on their bad side they will be slandering you next.

Apparently religion is only as good as what you put into it. No faith can change an asshole into a decent person if they are not honest with themselves and thus open to change. Sometimes, if they are interested enough, the deities and lwa will repeatedly try to get your attention by hitting you over the head with the spiritual 2’ x 4’. Then you have the choice of listening or, as my friend Angel would say, “wearing a protective helmet and hoping for the best.” Ultimately, there are cool and idiotic people in every group, which should be obvious to anyone paying attention.

End of rant, back to our regularly scheduled content.

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5 Responses to “Being a Vodouisant/Pagan/Christian/(insert religion of choice here) won’t necessarily make you a better person”

  1. It’s a bit ironic, but I have found in my own life the more amoral I became, the less likely I was to be an ass to other people. It surprised me when I connected those dots, but it’s true. I think holding to any moral system introduces some amount of self-righteousness and the desire to vie for status… to be more moral than the next person based on your own set of principles. Perhaps self-righteousness and a sense of moral superiority do more harm than moral codes do good. There could certainly be an argument made for that.

    • cheshirecatman Says:

      That is an interesting perspective. It almost makes me wonder if there is a difference between basic decency (as in, not randomly harming people for your own gain) and morality, or at least if they do not necessarily go hand in hand. Certainly there is a difference between decency and religion-specific morality.

  2. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Green beer and Shamrock cheers!

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