Friday Philosophy…Paganism

Before the world of organized religion began, as we know it anyway, we were all pagans of varying order. The Greeks, the Barbarians, the Persians – all followed polytheistic traditions, in which there were both Gods and Goddesses. As time passed, Judaism, Islam, and then Christianity advocated the singular figure of a masculine God, replacing earlier polytheistic philosophies. These practices still exist in parts of the world though – even in organized and complex societies, although I’m sure many people would think of Paganism as being somewhat primitive. Hinduism is polytheistic, with ancestral deities/veneration as well.

Nature plays a huge role in our earlier systems of belief. I think we’ve gotten distracted from the world around us (says the blogger, on her computer) as there are so many gadgets and advances to explore.

At the root of everything, we are all connected to everything on this earth: each other, the trees, the oceans, the air. When we forget that, we forget how to live together.

So, the thoughts of others on the topic. 😉

“I guess you could describe me as a Goddess-worshiping Christian Pagan Buddhist.” ~ Cybill Shepherd (She summed it up nicely.)

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ~ John Keats

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” ~ Margaret Drabble

Blessings and sweet dreams to you all…

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