Good evening everyone. Richard here with old Norse Paganism. Let me start off by throwing out our little disclaimer: This video is not for children. It has not been made for children published for children and is not intended for children in any way shape, or form.
I hope today’s post finds you all in good health and safe and sound. Today’s post is about interpretations and choices. What brings this to mind this week is some experiences I had earlier this week with a few people on Twitter. Based on these experiences some things came to light for me.
Interpretations And Choices Video
Not that I didn’t know already but they are as follows:
- We all have opinions
- We all have choices
- We all have Beliefs
The Context of Interpretations and Choices
Now to give you a little background as to how this came about, I’m going to give you some background on the conversations that took place earlier this week. I will not, however, be calling anyone out. If you were privy to the conversation then you know who is involved and I’d ask that you keep it to yourselves as I choose to believe we are not the ones to judge nor do I believe it will change anything that was said or the feelings, thoughts, and opinions of those involved.
Last week I had been informed that the whole Norse religion was based on race and that anyone other than a white person was a pretender, a fake and disrespectful of the religion, the gods, and all those who are true Norse. Now the thing that brought this on was the promotion we made to try to reach 100 subs on Youtube. As you can see the model we used for this promotion is not a white woman, in fact, she is of Asian descent. This really pissed some people off. This is when we started getting some really ugly messages and just hateful comments.
My Interpretations, Choices, and Beliefs
I have been a practicing Norse Pagan for 16 years and nowhere in any of the reading or studies, I have ever been a part of have I ever interpreted the Norse religion to be prejudice and or hate-filled religion. I have read, watched, and studied everything I could ever get my hands on.
A few things here and yes I am going to pull some quotes. Let us start with this one from the Havamal. “An ill tempered, unhappy man Ridicules all he hears, Makes fun of others, refusing always To see the faults in himself” My interpretation of this phrase is simple. A man or woman, that is ill-tempered look for ways to make others feel bad, question, their own thought processes or even their own beliefs. Furthermore, he or she has no respect for anyone other than themselves, and that, for the most part, is limited.
Next Quote I’d like to point out, talks about this kind of bullying and how it should not be done. It also points out that we reap what we sew. This quote also comes from the Havamal. “Moderate at council should a man be, Not brutal and over bearing: Among the bold the bully will find Others as bold as he.”
Now based on these 2 quotes alone, the words that were spoken to me were completely against even the words of Odin himself. At least that is my interpretation and belief on the matter. Now one of the other things I have come to learn over the years is that we all have our own thoughts, beliefs, and opinions. And we are absolutely entitled to them. I will never bad mouth someone for stating their opinions, thoughts, or beliefs because I also believe it is our own choices that we have to live with and consequences that we have to deal with as the result of our belief system.
These same individuals went on to say that Norse is a blood religion. and to some extent they are correct but not in the context in which they were describing or discussing. Their belief is that if you are not of Icelandic or Scandinavian descent then you are not truly a Norse pagan.
Again I disagree. I believe every one of us has the right to choose who or what religion we have faith in and put our belief into. Once again I have never read or seen anything that would be an indicator of that. I am open to anyone that can show me differently. But that doesn’t mean I will follow that ideology. Why? Because like you, I have the same freedoms of choice. I have a mind of my own and will decide what is right or wrong for me. If you choose to continue to follow me and what it is that I am trying to build here then great and if not that is great as well.
The Lesson Here
Just because you as an individual have a difference of opinion or belief system doesn’t make you any better than the next man or woman. It just puts us in different places in life and on different paths. I’ve also learned that we can not please 100% of the people 100% of the time. That’s okay! Be confident in your choices and beliefs. Be not afraid to stand up for that belief system at all costs.
If you have a difference of opinion I’d love to talk about it sometime. I don’t want it to be an argument so please leave your comments below and let’s have an intelligent and wise conversation about this subject matter.