I’ve neglected this space for a time.
To make it worse, I’m not going to expand on the series I was writing before, but I think it’s important to write this out. I’m sick of seeing the subject raised. Frankly, I don’t think such matters are any of our business.
This is in response to an entry I’ve ready recently.
Sorry, but just…no. For a “scientific” article, I see damn little scientific method. I see lots of assertions. I see lots of conclusions. I see nothing vaguely resembling evidence.
So clearly it’s on very shaky scientific ground, despite claims that it’s the science of the next century.
Frankly, I’m of the opinion that the gods will take care of gods’ business. If they deem someone unworthy of worshiping them, they’ll deal with it. That’s not my job.
My job is to worship my gods as best I can. My job is to maintain excellent relations with the vaettir of the lands I inhabit. My job is to honor my ancestral dead the best way I know how.
Beyond that, who am I to tell someone, “Hey…you’re wasting our time and worse, you’re damaging my religion” to someone I think might not be of Nordic stock? In a way it’s very similar to the seemingly eternal fights between the various factions of the Christian religion. They pretend to be of one mind and one heart and one soul in the service of their god. In practice, I’ve heard one denomination malign and impugn the other without pause or mercy. It wasn’t too long ago that the war in various Muslim lands, was fought not because of political affiliations, but because of religious beliefs. Look no further than the Shiite vs Suni conflicts as evidence of that. I’ve personally heard “Christians” speak out against Catholics as Idolaters. I’ve seen the friction between Orthodox and Contemporary Jews.
I always thought that was rather stupid. Let them worship their gods an in their way, and let the others do things their way in their way. At worst, one side is wrong and is sentenced to a wretched afterlife…at least according to their religion. If they’re right, they’re right. If they’re wrong, they’re wrong. They believe in a loving and caring omnipotent and omniscient god. If that supposedly loving and caring god isn’t pleased with their religious efforts and chooses to sentence them to an eternity of torment, that’s not their business, is it?
Same thing holds true for Heathenry, to my mind. Maybe I’m just a dumb Marine, but it seems to me, it’s not my business. And let’s say the Gods don’t appreciate people out of what they deem to be racially “right” to worship them. How is that my responsibility?
I don’t remember reading in the Havamal anything about race or color or ethnic beginnings. I don’t remember reading anything in the Epics or Eddas about how someone was turned away from the Gods because their lineage wasn’t “right”. I’m damn sure not about to take that responsibility on myself.
I don’t claim to be an expert, but I figure the Gods can take care of the Gods and they let men take care of themselves. If a person’s worship isn’t up to what they want, that’s for the Gods to decide, not me. And that includes worship from those the Gods deem unworthy…which is also something I’ve never heard of happening either.
So I’ll not spend my time and energy worrying about whether someone is worthy of worshipping or not. Not my job. Well above my paygrade. I’m a noob Asatruar. I have enough going on in my life worrying about whether or not someone else meets the standards.
To be sure, I’ll keep in mind someone’s actions and what I think their orlog looks like before I’ll join up with them. That said, at Sumbel, if someone apparently sincerely raises their horn for boasts and toasts, I’ll not be worried about their DNA and the color of their skin. If they’ll stand with me, I’ll stand with them.
Tell me how crazy I am and how I’m going to rot for eternity in the foulest reaches of Hel in the comments.