I would like it to be known that I am TAKING OFF my moderator hat of this sub-forum to express my own personal opinion and not that of OBOD or the other volunteers who work this entire message board. I also wish to make it known that I am also aware that I am subject to being moderated for my personal comments.
I'm really shocked by those of you who think that smacking as discipline is all right, especially on a board such as this. I'm not really prepared to debate it because I don't think that hitting a child as a routine thought of it being okay is all right and I don't need convincing otherwise.
Where to begin? First, normally I respect the diverse opinions of all individuals who speak on these forums whether I agee with them or not. But, that is only when respect is offered back. So in this case, let me dispense with the niceties and just move forward...
Phyto - I find your self-righteous, holier-than-thou comments annoying as hell. How dare you cast judgement on others you know nothing about as well as hold yourself up as an expert in an area where this topic has been debated among many people ad nauseaum in the past and will probably continue to be debated long into the future.
If you wish to offer an opinion...say so without providing a general condemnation of many others who disagree with your approach. As for being shocked
that people on this board might think other than you on this topic, I suggest you get your head out of the sand and realize that druids are real people too. In fact, the druids of the past probably acted like real human beings - remember, they fulfilled many roles and were not just the peace-loving, non-violent, tree-hugging cartoons characters you may think they were. They passed judgements, enacted laws w/punishments, advised their tribal chiefs in time of war, led their tribes in spiritual ceremonies, etc.
Sounds like they were very aware that life is a matter of balance - the light and the dark. And I am not referring to good and evil here. If you come to this, or any other druid discussion board I know of that studies druidry seriously, you are probably going to get "shocked" more often.
Life is life...it is not easy. As for not wanting to be convinced otherwise regarding corporal punishment or the good or bad of spanking children, I don't think many of us care whether you change your mind or not. Your judgemental attitude puts you right up there with any other kind of fundamentalist group I know of and would be a waste of time and energy.
I am normally not one who allows myself to get emotional over the opinionated posts on this discussion board; realizing that people have cultural and idealogically different backgrounds and should be allowed to express thoughtful opinions.
I found your post lacking
in thought and containing a little too much looking down at people/better-than-you attitude that I feel has no place in the study of druidry.
...we can deepen our understanding of ourselves and vice versa - to me that is something that druidic training is about.
I suggest you think hard about this last statement you made and see if it applies to more than children.