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    Modern Heathen

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    The problem with being a minority is that the majority judges us collectively on the actions of individuals. They have little else on which to base their perception of Heathens. Each of us is an ambassador of Asgard whether we realize it or not. Our words, actions and demeanor are the barometer by which Heathenism itself is judged.

    Knowing that each of us represents Heathenism to the people around us, it behooves us to behave accordingly. We send a powerful message when we act as responsible citizens and neighbors. The more honorable we are in our dealings, the better the image we present. On the other hand, bad behavior can send an equally strong message. Drunken antics, belligerence and recurring incidents with the police present a tarnished image.

    Do we present a smiling face or a scowl? Are we friendly and welcoming, or bellicose and threatening? In these times as in the past, an even-tempered, affable and fair-minded individual is prized far more than a bully or a coward.

    The sword and spear were the tools of a distant millennium. Today, our best asset is our intelligence. By thinking from a higher level, we succeed in making our mark in these times. The fierce war chief was a fitting icon for the early Middle Ages, but not today. We do not need sword-wielding warriors. We need doctors, lawyers, scientists, ranking politicians, entertainers, sports heroes and other icons of achievement. The power of today comes from the mind.

    The 21st century Heathen will live in harmony with his neighbors, setting an example of integrity, dynamism and goodwill. He will cultivate his mind. The Heathen will be a thinker rather than a reactive boor. Let our intelligence, ambition and good intent be the future of Heathenism. Only then can we emerge as a viable way of life rather than a tiny novelty religious sect.


    http://thortrains.net/blog/2010/01/11/modern-heathen/


    Die Sonne scheint noch.

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    The sword and spear were the tools of a distant millennium. Today, our best asset is our intelligence. By thinking from a higher level, we succeed in making our mark in these times. The fierce war chief was a fitting icon for the early Middle Ages, but not today. We do not need sword-wielding warriors. We need doctors, lawyers, scientists, ranking politicians, entertainers, sports heroes and other icons of achievement. The power of today comes from the mind.
    The power of yesteryear also came from the mind, which Woden himself readily conceals, and how this is impressed on matter is a procedural detail that surely changes with circumstance: Sword, spear, bullet, economic leverage, political deception. What the "Modern Heathen" needs to understand is how things stay the same and in doing so he will cease to be a Modern, or a "Heathen" for that matter, and find new paths in old patterns that lead around the trash heaps of Christianism -> Progressivism -> Liberalism.

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    Two factors: intelligence and character. Character would include natural instincts like politeness, consideration of others, above all an ability to work together.

    Aryans swept through the land and ruled supreme because they were organized. Not because they were individually stronger. Intelligence plays a role and usually goes with social instinct, but not even because they were smarter. It's like a colony of ants taking down larger insects or even more clever ones. We must cultivate intelligence and natural civility. Our morals are our strength. As is also said my loyalty is my honor.

    I take it all as a total package of betterin oneself and living by higher standards. Studies show that physical health helps mental health. We cultivate strength, boldness, intelligence, good manners/civility etc. It's all embodied in the 9 virtues. I do think too many people see Heathenism as barbaric or about violence or toughness. the war band is made strong through intelligence and character.

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    The transmutability of the mind lords over all mental qualities that are purposefully assumed and the Germanic emphasis on this specifically human strength allows for a competitive advantage over other humans. The key is versatility rather than narrow specialisation.

    These shifts are nonlinear because the passage of time does not equal progress. Tomorrow is not better than yesterday, because it is not any closer to the end of history. Tomorrow is not better than yesterday, because the technological innovations that will be available may well be applied according to mentalities that are exactly the same as those that have been used already to wield other tools.

    The Germanic experience of time has no need of making a distinction between events that were only witnessed last year and those that were witnessed 3000 years ago, it all merges into a past-but-not-forgotten Heroic Age. History is passed along as an unwritten library of mentalities. To form part of this library through songs and stories is the be-all and end-all of the individual life, because it promises full immortality, a spiritual one in addition to a biological continuation in the ancestral community.

    What does this mean for the "Modern Heathen"? Those who have contempt for the past and their own ancestors will never be able to express the potential invested in them. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned never to repeat its glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagna View Post
    Modern Heathen

    Do we present a smiling face or a scowl? Are we friendly and welcoming, or bellicose and threatening? In these times as in the past, an even-tempered, affable and fair-minded individual is prized far more than a bully or a coward.

    http://thortrains.net/blog/2010/01/11/modern-heathen/
    A little from column A and a little from column B.

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    Ah, yes......but.........

    Quote Originally Posted by Dagna View Post
    Modern Heathen

    The problem with being a minority is that the majority judges us collectively on the actions of individuals. They have little else on which to base their perception of Heathens. Each of us is an ambassador of Asgard whether we realize it or not. Our words, actions and demeanor are the barometer by which Heathenism itself is judged.

    Knowing that each of us represents Heathenism to the people around us, it behooves us to behave accordingly. We send a powerful message when we act as responsible citizens and neighbors. The more honorable we are in our dealings, the better the image we present. On the other hand, bad behavior can send an equally strong message. Drunken antics, belligerence and recurring incidents with the police present a tarnished image.

    Do we present a smiling face or a scowl? Are we friendly and welcoming, or bellicose and threatening? In these times as in the past, an even-tempered, affable and fair-minded individual is prized far more than a bully or a coward.

    The sword and spear were the tools of a distant millennium. Today, our best asset is our intelligence. By thinking from a higher level, we succeed in making our mark in these times. The fierce war chief was a fitting icon for the early Middle Ages, but not today. We do not need sword-wielding warriors. We need doctors, lawyers, scientists, ranking politicians, entertainers, sports heroes and other icons of achievement. The power of today comes from the mind.

    The 21st century Heathen will live in harmony with his neighbors, setting an example of integrity, dynamism and goodwill. He will cultivate his mind. The Heathen will be a thinker rather than a reactive boor. Let our intelligence, ambition and good intent be the future of Heathenism. Only then can we emerge as a viable way of life rather than a tiny novelty religious sect.


    http://thortrains.net/blog/2010/01/11/modern-heathen/
    I think the Original Writer is talking to young Folks & that's Good.
    But......
    We can't all be Professional people or Sports Heroes.
    Most of us are "regular Folks" who go to a job every day, raise a Family, buy a House, Vote in our Local & National elections, help out with Little League or PTA. We live in a neighborhood and know some of our Neighbors.

    There are many who come to Heathenry/Asatru, after they are Adults, living Life as ordinary Folks. We Are Modern Heathens, too! We pay our Dues as responsible Folks do. We have kids & send them off to school, each day.

    We are Active Heathens/Asatruar, actively practicing Our Ancestral Faith,
    Sharing Blot and Sumbel each month with a few good Folks
    Some of us belong to and pay dues to National Asatru Organizations.
    Why?? We join National Organizations because we see them as a viable way to promote the Growth of Asatru and Heathenry. And, that is Important to us.

    As "regular Folks" we know enough not to act like a drunk or a bad character. We know we need to give good example to our kids. We invite our Neighbors over for a beer or a little cook-out. And, they know if they need an extra hand, we can be counted on to be a good Neighbor.

    Character, Good Character........it goes without saying. It is just Part of how you are brought up, where I live, in main-stream Middle America. And the more of "us" who "come Home to the Ancestral Gods & Faith.......The sooner the rest will be able to Find us and find their Way Home too.
    We need to make the name "Asatru" a Good thing to be, by showing that it is.

    I, myself do Not use the word "Heathen" anymore, in my conversations. It has too much bad history. There is too much to explain when you say"Heathen". Asatru is pretty much starting with a "clean slate", no pre-concieved ideas.
    I work at what I'm doing. I'm trying to make the World a Better World, for Our Folk and Our Holy Ancestral Religion.
    Last edited by Grimsteinr; Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 03:38 PM. Reason: Spellimg

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