skh wrote:Nico wrote:[ But if I don't pay up, they won't let me in to see my friends.
This really litterly happened to me the first time in Glastonbury. I didn't know about the gatherings there, I'm dutch and didn't have Touchstone magazine. And by utter coincidence I ended up in Glastonbury during a vacation on the day of the summer gathering, not only that, I was right outside the Town Hall where the eistedfodd was starting. And I wanted to go in to greet the first international OBODies I ever encountered, but the bastards didn't let me in, because I hadn't payed the fee.
Some background information, for those who haven't been to the OBOD Summer gathering: the evening Eisteddfod is basically a 4-5 hour concert with lots of delicious veggie food, booked and paid in advance and usually sold out a few weeks before the event. The venue holds about 200 people.
The ritual on or near Glastonbury Tor on Saturday afternoon is public and free for everyone to attend.
Yes, those people had a right to their delicious veggy food that they had booked and payed for.
So, tell me, hypothetically. What would you do if you had organised a feast. And you hear that a fellow druid from abroad dropped by by coincidence in a similar fashion.
Would you think "damn, he's coming to eat our food, drink our beer, listen to our music, and he didn't pay" and say "get lost, we're sold out".
Is that really all that matters? True, this is how we treat each other in our regular society these days. Do you sense the problem that I have with this attitude?
By the way, I would have refused a meal, and not just because I just came out of the restaurant across the street.
The next day, somebody recognized from my own country recognized me, and invited me to the ritual.