I originally wrote this a few years ago for an on-line message board I am on constantly. It’s that time of year again, so I decided to edit it a bit and put it here. PLEASE TO NOT OFFER TO SAVE MY SOUL. You have your beliefs and I have mine.
The warm weather approaches, and with it, the Great Annual Exodus: thousands of kiddies freed from the confines of the Hallowed Halls of Education. Once again, the majority of this seething, mind-numbed mass will be at a loss as to what to do with themselves. Curfews, bedtimes, homework assignments, breakfast…become things not thought of for the Great Time of Freedom.
So, sooner or later, this lot is going to be watching movies without a clue, cruising websites, and looking for something to push the buttons of the parental units. And thus begins the slew of Introductions in web-speak or English a foreigner would hesitate to use; the grand sounding names like “Lady Fairyfriend Wolf of the Circle of High Yak”; and the claims of ‘mystic witch powers’ that make us elder folk spew tea on our monitors or gag. It happens whenever anything lower that college/university gets out for a week or more. It starts around the beginning of October, too. I blame that on the bored little bobbies over-dosing on ‘Charmed’, ‘The Craft’, and that utterly ridiculous ‘Blair Witch Project’. Hollyweird has a lot to answer for (and not just to the Pagan community. ‘Clueless’? ‘Legally Blonde’? Funny in their way, but talk about stereotyping!)
Paganism is not a game. For me and many others, it is a way of life; a spirituality intertwined with all we do. It is something we work at and hone and grow with. It is the pursuit of a lifetime. There isn’t a single soul whose opinions and comments I respect that will claim in all seriousness that they know it all; they have nothing left to learn. So when someone who can’t legally drink/vote/drive/get married without parental consent…comes waltzing in claiming they are the High Priestess of this coven or High Priest of Nebecanezer, I get ticked. When someone comes in claiming they can prove us all wrong, and proceeds to do nothing but quote a mistranslation of the Bible, I want to use them for dragon fodder. And when someone posts a completely crap example of writing, then whines we can’t ‘pick’ on them because they have ‘problems’…DUDE! Go back to your doctor and get your meds changed. Many people have ‘problems’… and they’re usually a whole LOT more careful of how they post what. For the most part, Pagan boards are communities for sharing knowledge and friendship and life’s ups and downs. They are NOT playgrounds for your delusions.
All hail the Summer King! But for the love of all the gods, goddesses, little fishies and sanity: LIMIT YOUR MUNCHKINS’ COMPUTER TIME! Kick their lazy lily-white butts out to the pool, the soccer field, the playground… Or their theme song will end up being “A Whole Lot Cooler On Line”.