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Old 04-30-2018, 01:51 PM   #61
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That's a bit uncharitable, I think. Despite the (in many cases, richly-deserved) criticisms directed in their general directions, religions have traditionally done a better job than just about any other human creation of building a sense of community that provides members with emotional support during difficult times.

Also, the most successful ones provide simple, handy, easily-grasped moral codes that work 95 percent of the time, for 95 percent of its adherents. That's why people cling to them so strongly, even when new knowledge challenges traditional views.

I've known a fair number of "new-agey" pagan-types, and very few of them sought "thrills," and even fewer were what anyone would call "wealthy."

Most wanted the comfort, emotional support and sense of participation in "something greater" that religious belief provides, yet found themselves horribly alienated by the patriarchal (or even misogynistic) and/or exclusiveness found in the "communities" created by mainstream beliefs.

Now then, I frankly found most pagan/new age "theological thought" rather trite, but certainly kinder and more compassionate than most of the Old Testament.
I get were Wicans and other religious people are coming from. However, the crowd buying incense, new age cds, unicorn figurines, and exotic message oils, has been around for awhile. They flocked to Louis XV's Paris, to Weimar period Berlin, to late Victorian London, and since 1930, to L.A. because of Hollywood. My question is were does that crowd go in THS.

Have they copied Findhorn and found Moon Faeries? Do they speak to the lost Gods of Mars in Cydonia? What do mystics seek in the Ort Cloud? That's what I was after.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:46 PM   #62
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I've bought new age-y stuff without being religious in any way. It's cool, and what's considered cool is very (sub)cultural.

I also doubt many religious people would call their personal beliefs fashionable.
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Old 05-01-2018, 03:32 AM   #63
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I've bought new age-y stuff without being religious in any way. It's cool, and what's considered cool is very (sub)cultural.

I also doubt many religious people would call their personal beliefs fashionable.
Oh very true. And yet in certain social stratas religion is subject to fashion. Look at Buddhism in the Sixies. Sure there were sincere converts, others gave it up with their lava lamps.
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