But most important, I feel, is that we accept and understand each other and that we know that we all feel this way, and we all have the inner light, not just a chosen one or few. This very important understanding is at the core of Druidy and it's values as I know it.
One of the reasons for complicated ways of treating each other compassionately is that we are so interdependent upon one another and there are so many of us. If one's attitude is, by contrast, "Let them eat cake!" then there is not really much need to waste energy justifying it by and ethical code.
Azrienoch wrote:Moral codes are, by definition, standards of conduct that suppress instinctive thoughts and actions. Therefore, this is a rather obvious statement, because it would be amoral and not a moral system. I think you have a misconceived notion of what "science" says, because science doesn't really say anything. It just points and says, "Look at that."
Science is not monolithic, nor personified, and indeed yes, it does not speak. But metaphorically speaking, the tendency of scientific thought as it has come to be institutionalized through schools and popular stories is that it is purely objective and omnipotent -- a collective technique of applied reason that takes the place of God in those respects.
The problem I have with taking truth-telling as an absolute principle, is that a community that does so must be prepared to constantly question and examine its own assumptions about what is true. Newton's laws of motion were absolute truths until quantum physics changed the paradigm. It was a common truth that the Druid's built Stonehenge until carbon dating and a shift away from the Bible as a reliable historical record changed the view of the pre-roman world. That's why I say that seeking truth is a process. It isn't about some "thing" called Truth. It's about a process. And that is what science is about at its core too -- it rose out of the same historical impuses as the Druid revival -- striving against an entrenched religions notion of truth as the adherence to authorities. Against that idea (which ruled the Middle Ages) was a new notion of individuals asking questions, challenging accepted opinions and norms, even accepted mores (such as the class system for instance). We have come a long way, obviously, but still have miles to go before we sleep.
Nobilisanguis wrote:Excuse me for interrupting, but is Cernnunos pronounced "kernnunos" or "Sernnunos"? The same same with Celtic, is it pronounced "Keltic" or "Seltic"?
Ithilas wrote:I use the following, but exact pronunceation does seem to vary.
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