Sometimes, I fantasize about people who are utterly unlike myself being able to draw from their religious practices in ways that are unremarkable, not avant-garde. I think about the kids of polytheists today two decades from now waking up for a day of work and praying at a wall shelf shrine held up with command … Continue reading The Future Is More Than Us
In my family's group text on Thursday, my midsis wrote these motherf—ers below an image she shared from Wednesday's white supremacist mob storming of the Capitol. She had circled the QShaman guy, who was bare-chested with tattoos of several Asatru/Heathen symbols that are now being called white supremacist symbols. Because she and I are learning … Continue reading Yggdrasil, or the World Tree, and White Supremacist Appropriation
When I quit Facebook in late 2016, it was because the site had shifted so much from learning about people I knew and keeping in touch with them to a collective political scream, with divides worsening as the people I knew, all of us processing what happened during the 2016 elections, fought with conservative relatives … Continue reading Decompressing About Recent Events
Reflections on materialism, spirituality, religion, and consumerism. TL;DR — I am not a fan of out-of-control consumption.
I was thinking recently about a parasocial interaction online — parasocial because the person does not know me, nor I lim — in which I assisted with an information need. It got me thinking about actions versus reasons and how the two differ. In that specific case, I helped the person with the question despite … Continue reading The “Why” Is Not, and Cannot Be, Uniform
So, yesterday was the new year according to the HMEPA calendar — I did an hour and fifteen minutes of ritual, and my apartment still smells like frankincense incense and oil. I prayed to the Horai for their blessings in 699.3 (because we all need that right now), alongside gods I worship on a personal basis, … Continue reading Reflections on Social Media
At sixteen and seventeen, I took 200- and 300-level college history courses in East Asian and Russian History. I chose those classes because my high school's treatment of world history was severely lacking. Our history teacher kept getting shipped out to Afghanistan for combat, so my sophomore year had been spent oscillating between him and … Continue reading Soft Skills Aren’t “Sexy”: Whom We Befriend and Make Our Allies Matters.
Some comments on the anti-Muslim ban and the evangelical Christianity in our government right now. 😱
This essay is primarily about Athene and statehood, but it's also a series of reflections on the place of an individual in non-ideal political systems.