Nico wrote:After seeing tons and tons of similar posts about this collective druidic idenity crisis, I have figured it out.
The only thing that defines you as a druid is obod-membership, the rest is imaginary and subjective, imho.
I don't think that "Am I a druid" is a really important question.
I'm actually more interested in why people give that question so much thought.
Is being you not enough? Do you need to be defined? Why?
Corwen wrote:Since there is no central authority obviously there is no-one able to say anyone is or isn't a Druid. It is a label that is so meaningless it is almost worthless, in fact positively harmful on occasion as it encourages in some people a rampant spiritual materialism and self delusion. Yet still I persist in using it for some reason I cannot fathom, perhaps from respect for a British radical non-conformist, spiritual, intellectual and nature oriented cultural movement I feel part of. Ultimately I guess I am a Druid because other people say I am, and perhaps this is a better test than merely if you say you are yourself. I am increasingly at odds with the word though and can imagine a time when I no longer use it.
Aitrus wrote:I think it's a matter of perspective. I think that each person sets their own goals to define what "Druid" means for themselves, then strives to reach that goal. The question should probably be asked "How Druid do you feel you need to be to be comfortable with calling yourself a Druid?"
The answer, for me, is that I feel that I'm Druid enough that I put it on my dogtags.
Aitrus wrote:I think that each person sets their own goals to define what "Druid" means for themselves, then strives to reach that goal.
Attila wrote:Druids don’t eat meat or fly?
Corwen you know what, it took me a long time to describe myself as a druid as I didn't really know what it meant, for me, eventually I became more comfortable with the concept of druid as a general term but I prefer not to label myself as anything really. I'm not really bothered how others see me, I don't feel that they can define me, 'know thyself' et al.
I understand druidry to hold roots in British indigenous beliefs and culture, but this is something that we can all access no matter where we live. We can all connect to Earth based spirituality systems. I'm all for the global village. Although I'm interested in the intellectual aspect, I wonder if you could expand on your concept of this?
I think that a "druidic" principle is one that doesn't involve damaging the eco-system, so the only "druidic" modes of transportation would be walking, horseback or bicycle.
I think meat-eating isn't as cut and dried, ethically...another century or two of debate on that....although the modern meat "system" is definitely not druidic....so you could safely declare eating a KFC Double Down "undruidic",imo.
If we didn’t eat meat wouldn’t we end up with livestock in zoos? [apart from dairy, that is if we don’t go all the way and be vegans] is it not just the circle of life [and protein etc].
There are whole eco-systems that rely on a controlled amount of livestock grazing
Frog wrote:So - is recognising your decisions and taking responsibility for them druidic; or should you only consider yourself a Druid if you abandon those things you acknowledge to be "wrong" and live a pure life?
Frog wrote:The Promise starts - "On my honour, I promise to do my best..."
treegod wrote:But do we remain isolated in our "blind", solipsistic perceptions of the elephant or do we learn to communicate to each other?
It's one thing having our "own view" of things, it's quite another to communicate our views, come to a consensus and, heaven forbid, actually be able to cooperate.
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