I have two responses to this letter:
>In the movement towards tolerance and laisser-faire of the ways of
>the ancient Celtic-Pictic peoples, we engender a healthy understanding
>of the nature of the Celtic contribution to global society, just as
>in tolerating other cultures and their society, we let in ever more
>Light. In freeing humanity from bias and tunnel-vision, we open
>the path for greater humanitarianism worldwide - and move closer to
>world peace and equanimity.
>There is nothing timid in the adventure of understanding and far
>less timidity in the greater adventure of change ... Hopefully,
>humanity is ready for this greater adventure as we rapidly mature
>into global humanitarianism. In that great exploration, we cannot
>balk to discover where vested interests, past or present, block
>the light of understanding, or the rights of the individual to
>contribute their best to society, whether that best is innovative
>and original, or reproduction of existing and approved models.
The first issue concerns this world peace and tolerence. Modern society
and government is one that requires a greater division between everything,
professions, social functioning etc. It seems to be necessary for society
to maintain, because it has gotten so unwieldly huge and complex. We
meant to live in these grossly high numbers and complexity, in my view.
The Celtic peoples and their culture has never been at ease with this
kind of functioning. It has always been a decentralized and tribal
and system of thought and belief. That's why it's been on the losing side
since the Romans, and it seems the only way it can survive is by giving
of this up and gathering enough cohesion to stave off a few incursions
finally giving up and dying.
So, while I agree with the import of this challenge, being extremely
idealistic myself, I think it is severely in conflict with the modern world
and only with great effort can succeed. And government diffuses rebellion
piece by piece, rendering us all impotent in little pockets until it slowly
spreads like cancer on weakened cells.
>I have little doubt that in permitting ourselves to understand more
>of what the ancient societies knew about their inner connections
>to the seasons, to the cycles of moon, sun, planets, and stars,
>the wiser and more wholesome our lives will become. The purer
>strains of the ancient Nature Religion will be seen to have much
>goodness to offer us, and will help us to restore nature and
>our Earth to good health. The great beauty of our present era
>is that - at last - the divine in nature is now re-weaving itself
>into our understanding and its considerable links with divinity
>are being again respected.
My second comment is that I've been astonished at generally how ignorant
of Nature "pagans" are. They want to stay in their comfy little cabins
when they go on retreats, and don't seem all that well versed in biology,
etc. This is a gross generalization, but it has proved generally true
in my experience. And this is all due to the nature of the alienated
modern world we live in. We *aren't* our ancestors anymore. We can't
just lift their rituals and expect them to mean the same thing. Every
symbol has power because of its context. Our context is completely
different than the context of the ancient or medieval Celts.
Concerned and sincere