A recent post on a local Pagan Yahoo group, and the feedback that came from it underlines a lot of the problems with Pagan organizations in general, and the community as a whole.
The short story:
One person suggests combining a bunch of different groups into a one-stop-shop website. People say yes, great idea. The website gets started, and then no one helps or participates, and the original person is going broke maintaining it. The OP is also upset that no one is using the wonderful site she’s created.
There are a couple things here I ought to touch on, but here’s the big one: Money.
This particular person was willing to sacrifice to make this site happen, and expected others, in a community notorious for members who don’t pay their own way, to follow suit. Furthermore, she took on a large expense to do so.
A half hour or so of investigation (thanks to my spouse
This is true of a lot in the Pagan community. People say they want libraries and ritual space and shops, but they’re not willing to pay to rent the space, or to frequent the shops enough to keep them open.
Here’s the thing:
Choosing to live on less, being frugal on purpose…that’s something I could see as a result of a Pagan worldview. Less impact on the land, choosing the job that you love even if it doesn’t pay all that much…these are things that are good. And most folks who do this are willing to find ways to participate and add to the communities they’re a part of – it may be time or food or something else instead of money, but they *choose* which things are important to them, and make those things happen.
So, what’s the solution?