Pagan fundamentalism. The Wild Hunt ran a great piece on the subject back in February, and yesterday Rachel (thanks for your thought-provoking post which was my launching point) put up more material on the topic.
At first it seems absurd that modern pagans would be anything less than completely tolerant and accepting of other religious views. How in the world can anyone who’s been marginalized try to marginalize someone else?
Sadly, it’s nothing new. There are plenty of minorities who are prejudiced against other minorities, persecuted peoples who in turn persecute others, abused people who abuse others, and so on. From individuals to groups, this scenario plays out again and again in human history. Early Christians were persecuted, and in no time launched inquisitions and witch hunts. Kids who are abused are at risk of growing up to abuse their own kids.
Fundamentalism is a sickness, a mental illness, a disease that strikes in every community and in every culture. In its most extreme form it can literally be a killer, leading to persecution, massacres, wars, terrorism, and abuse.
Perhaps we should put Fundamentalism in the DSM and treat it like we would any other mental disorder for which sufferers can be saved by early detection and intervention, therapy, and lifelong treatment.
After all, Compulsive Hoarding will likely be in the new DSM-5. Who is more dangerous, more sick, more in need of help? A fundamentalist or a person who fills up an apartment with newspapers?
Most occultists are pretty good at finding what they need (which I suppose makes sense when you figure occult basically just means hidden). If you’re a student of the occult you probably already know about these resources. But just in case you don’t, here are four of my favorites:
The Online Books collection at University of Pennsylvania. There are links to full scans of over 40,000 books on a variety of subjects. For example, check out the selection of links on the subject of Demonology.
The University of California Digital Library. Over 4 million books. Ready the paddles; your heart may skip a beat.
The Internet Sacred Text Archive. It is what it says it is. Dig it.
Cimmay.com. It’s stated purpose is to introduce the world to the Urantia Papers, but there are a ton of cool old books on other subjects. Check out The Angels and their Ministrations by Robert M. Patterson. Nice.
Squats 100,Jackknifes 25,P/ups uneven 25,Leg Lifts 50,Prisoner Squats 50,Side Crunch 50,P/ups feet elev. 15 @cabal_fang #WOD
You won’t find many product endorsements on my blog. But this product is too good not to mention: Band-Aid Advanced Healing for Blisters, Fingers & Toes.
As a martial artist and outdoorsy kind of guy, I get dinked up a fair amount. Yesterday I got a blister from swinging a cane for two hours (I was teaching a cane-fighting seminar). A blister popped, but it’s not bothering me at all because I put one of these puppies on it.
They ain’t cheap, but if you have a small cut or a popped blister they are by far the best coverage I’ve seen. And if you think about it, they aren’t as expensive as all that. Considering you can put one on and forget for three days or more, you run through fewer of them than you do of the others.
I don’t care enough to run a detailed cost-analysis because it’s worth the extra bucks not to be driven crazy by sopping band-aids that fall off if you so much as look at ‘em funny. These things stick like nobody’s business, and are completely waterproof. Which means if you can wash your hands and not have to worry about getting a band-aid wet.
I finished the new Spillane book posthumously completed by Max Allan Collins. And although it isn’t a great book with a capital “G” — it’s no contender for the Nat’l Book Award or anything — it is a great Mike Hammer book.
Everything you want is there. Corrupt cops and politicians, evil mobsters, and psycho killers all cower in the dark, waiting to be rooted out of their holes, itching to be punched in the nose or plugged with a 1911 Colt by the incomparable P.I. known as Mike Hammer. And yes, there are luscious dames, highballs at 10 am on Sunday, loyal friends, and aging heroes with scores to settle. I can’t stand cliche — except in my hard-boiled fiction. Here it’s an essential ingredient.
A tip of the fedora to you Mr. Collins. Although I noticed your hand in the prose a few times, there was nothing there Mickey would’ve said was out of place. You done good, kid.
The submission deadline for Osculum Infame: Transgressive Rites & Rituals has been extended until September 1st. If you’d like to be a published writer and you have something to say, by all means submit something.
“What exactly do you guys do out there at the park?” is a question I get asked a fair amount when I tell folks about the martial arts club.
So I shot a video. This is us throwing an intro session for a few people trying out Cabal Fang for the first time.