Disability & the Broom Closet

February 14, 2016 at 7:02 am 5 comments

OK, after much fussing and dithering, I finally posted a new one for my Witches & Pagans blog-

Disability’s impact on your privacy & agency

Check it out and please comment- I am curious to hear about other folks’ experiences regarding independent/interdependent living and how that affects their spiritual freedom.

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Entry filed under: Way of the Sacred Fool.

Prayers Get In or Get Out: Side-Line Commentators Do More To Hinder Than Help

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  • 1. gregorystackpole  |  February 15, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Interesting. In the first place, this sounds like a question about navigating prejudice. In the second place, it sounds like a question about tact. In the third place, it sounds like a question about internal resiliency and whether one feels secure in one’s identity when faced with a loss of recognition (this might be the same as one, but the subjective side). In the fourth place, it sounds like a branding problem (what do “we” call “ourselves”?). In the fifth place, it sounds like a question of the sociology of pluralism, not as a plurality, but as blending together — when one is an outlier, and part of an association of outsiders, the middle of the distribution of the bell curve of pluralism can exercise a soft tyranny (this may be folded into three).

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    • 2. caelesti  |  February 16, 2016 at 1:33 am

      I had to read that a couple times to realize you were responding to all the posts at once! Could you further explain the fifth part about ” the question of the sociology of pluralism, not as a plurality, but as blending together — when one is an outlier, and part of an association of outsiders, the middle of the distribution of the bell curve of pluralism can exercise a soft tyranny”

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  • 3. gregorystackpole  |  February 16, 2016 at 3:39 am

    People naturally come to some sort of consensus when their lives are thrown together. I’m not familiar with the mechanisms of consensus, or the dynamics of it. (Then again, I’m not a demagogue, so I haven’t craved such knowledge.) Whenever a group of people are thrown together, _assuming_ that the group’s norms are simply an aggregate of the norms and commitments of the individual members (a foolish assumption, now that I look at it), the middle of the bell curve of commitments will hold a kind of tyranny over the edges of the bell curve. I think the whole model that I proposed is bogus, though, now that I look at it.

    What is not bogus, however, is that those who are outliers end up, usually, somewhere outside of the consensus. When a position is one that is self-consciously NOT mainstream, however, it sets itself up for this kind of conflict. Creationist Protestant Revivalists face this challenge, both because their beliefs are outliers, and because their narrative makes “the world” pitted against them. I suspect that most Pagan communities are like this, too, at least on some level. Any self-conscious religious option in the modern world is something of an expensive taste. I suspect that there are partial exceptions for established, public religions.

    Does that help?

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    • 4. caelesti  |  February 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      In retrospect of that post, I may have been seeking out things to worry about a bit too much. One of my superpowers, just not an especially useful one 😉 If any flavor of Christian, creationist or no experiences *actual* persecution in the U.S., i.e. not just having to exist in society with people with whom they disagree, plenty of organizations with money will appear out of the wordwork and help them. Heck, they do it when there’s no actual persecution happening, as with whats-her name Davis. I actually do pity the woman a little for being treated as a political pawn. Anyhow, this is also why I encourage Pagans (most of whom are solitary) to be open & involved in their communities- good for humans generally anyway. And connect with whoever’s in their area- if no Pagans, then Buddhists, Quakers, Bahai’is, UUs, Episcopals, Humanists, whoever’s sympathetic.

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      • 5. gregorystackpole  |  February 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

        I have similar superpowers! What will we call our team? 😀

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