Tuesday Tip: Handling muggles

pagan00This post was inspired by this post. Click here. What I found profound among the comments was the forceful and immediate attack.

You will find from time to time the need to confront people who do not share your pagan beliefs. You can choose to look the other way and ignore them, or bash them in the nose. Personally, I find this following method by far the better choice;

Do not give in to the Dark Side. Oh  yeah, you’re probably giggling (or rolling your eyes) at my quip, but slipping into defense mode tends to lead straight into a flame war, fight, and more misunderstanding.

Remember to focus on what your goal is in regards to a person accusing you of evil. Do you hope they will understand or do you hope they will just shut up and leave you alone. The first choice offers a bright future for both sides of the argument.

Understand they are very likely to be ignorant of what the beliefs entail. I meet Christians who believe witches are all Satan worshippers or cultists. Take the time to explain the beliefs rather than take the immediate, and violent, offense.

Attitude is everything. A positive, understanding attitude provides you more in the way of convincing someone you’re not evil than taking the defense and throwing names.

Do you win? Trying to win any argument leads to the question on what you hope to gain from the argument. Power over or empowerment? By taking a positive, understanding approach, I’ve made some wonderful friends who now understand me (and other pagan religions). We can talk about spiritualism without it coming to arguments.

What do you think? How would you handle someone attacking Wicca or any pagan spirituality? How would you argue with them, and what points would you make?

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2 responses to “Tuesday Tip: Handling muggles

  1. I think these are great expectations…I’ve been mulling over a sort of “Etiquette Guidelines for Interfaith Dialogue” for a while, and one of the things that hasn’t been broached yet is dealing with attacks on one’s beliefs beyond walking away (which is an important skill and important in certain settings, but not always appropriate or productive).

    • I think the key here is the term ‘productive’. Any method you decide to use should offer something productive to the arguement. If an argument won’t lead to changing their narrow views, its definitely time to walk away.

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