The pagan community is very different from any other religious community. There is no unifying authority to guide and teach, there is no centralised dogma which unites us. There is no source to which we may go to find out about being ‘pagan’. The pagan community is made up of many individuals all with differing religious leanings with only a few things in common. What organisations there are, act generally to put people in contact with each other to share ideas. What can be said to unite modern pagans is that they are making their own pathway towards a connection with the divine in whatever form they see it.
The pagan community has people who have been walking their path for decades and people who have only just begun. There is a long tradition of those with the experience and knowledge to share it, whether through books, through magazine articles, by giving talks at events or by simply going online and frequenting message boards where they can discuss with other like minded people and share what they know. It perhaps is not an ideal arrangement but it works; go to an online message board for a long period and you can see changes in people, a growing sense of confidence in themselves and their beliefs, a maturity and commitment. This happens because those who they communicate with in the many forms available are supportive and helpful. As a community we have got to help each other out.
This is where I feel Amberlady lets herself and the pagan community down.
Her general response to a mistaken idea or a persons belief she disagrees with is derision, insults and rudeness. Most often never followed up with corrective information or advice. She sees people like this as beneath her, not ‘proper pagans’ and as such treats them like something unsavoury she has trodden in. THAT is what really gets my goat about her, she has so much potential to further the development of the other pagans in the community - and yes they are pagans Amberlady, whether you think so or not – and yet she chooses not to and to choose the path or being obnoxious.