Some self-advice

Sometimes you need to take your own advice.  I am good at giving some well though out great advice but little do I find myself heeding that advice.

Sometimes you need to help yourself before others can help you.  Wallowing in self-pity and not attempting to stand tall does not give you the excuse of helplessness, it only means laziness.

 

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Do you make your ancestors proud?

So do you make your ancestors proud? Really, do you? No white lies now.  This isn’t a competition and it is not me that you have to justify yourself to.

What about me, do I make my ancestors proud?

Yes my ancestors love me, no question about it.  Do I make them proud? Honestly, I would have to say yes, most of the time I do.  Other times I am sure they are shaking their heads asking themselves WTF!!!  I am only human after all.

I make bad choices and dumb actions can follow, but I learn from my mistakes (most of the time) and that does make them proud.  I am sure of that.

Other Philosophies

On whether or not learning other philosophies to better oneself reduces your path in Heathenry… Does it make you a Universalist?

Our ancestors were explorers & traders, they would have encountered many different cultures, philosophies, beliefs and religions.  Some of them would have learnt these ways to help with better trading.  Some may have learnt some of these ways out of curiosity and taught some of our own ways in exchange (in a type of spiritual trade) or for respect.

Odin was a wanderer who wandered the world seeking and learning all the ways.  Is Odin therefore a Universalist?  Are our ancestral explorers and traders then Universalists?

No, they are not!!!  They are still Heathen albeit just a little more wiser and have a better knowledge of life than those that choose not to acknowledge or learn about other philosophies.

What is your opinion anyway?

OK, so I have recently had another wonderfully heated discussion with a “I know it all and you know nothing” Heathen. Not recommended before your morning coffee, believe me.

See what I highlighted there? I highlighted my opinions.  Why did I do that?  Well it is because I want to talk about opinions.

What are opinions?  What are they made up of? Is it really your opinion or are you just a follower that will just copy everyone else’s opinion because it is popular?

opinionatedI have always been rather ‘opinionated‘ and have not always had an opinion that was liked for that matter.

I have my own little mantra that I live by:   Passionately opinionated & guaranteed to offend!

And I do… a lot… offend… from my opinion… Because it is just that, MY OPINION.

But what is an opinion?

I have always believed that your own personal opinion is like a soup, made up of many ingredients (aspects);

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your learnt knowledge and your taught knowledge,

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your learnt beliefs and your taught beliefs,

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outside evidence & influences,

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the current context of the situation at hand,

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history (making sure to critically read it due to the ‘opinions’ within)

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& lastly UPG (Unverified Personal Gnosis)

All of these little ingredients (attributes) make up the total of your soup (opinion) and this is why you are able to change your (soup) opinion when new information (ingredients) or a new situation comes about.

Do you have your own opinion on what an opinion is made up off?  Is my opinion of opinions not in line with the opinion of the majority?  I know, I know too many opinions spoil the broth… see what I did there? No. Bad humour?

Well I will leave you to savour the flavour of my soup and let me know if you enjoyed the flavour, thought something was missing or if you just don’t like the soup I am serving.

Until next time…