The people in my mundane community are mostly conservative, lower middle-class, blue-collar, rural, with High School educations. They struggle. They look like me and, when they see me, they assume that I share their world view. The Witches in this area mostly exercise discretion, as does the LGTBQ community, the Leather and Kink and Poly communities, and even the Socially and Politically Liberal community.
Some days it is a challenge to be at work where my customers and co-workers feel free to speak about their politics. I am honest with my employers and co-workers about my religion and my identity as a Queer, Poly person (although my kink tendencies are something I keep private in this situation) I also do not believe that a bank is an appropriate place to give voice to religious, social, or political ideas. At times, I become very annoyed, and irritated by the ignorance and delusions I hear, it wears on a person.
But I cannot see them as my enemies. They are human beings struggling to get by. They are sleep-walkers suffering from soul-sickness, as so many in our society are. They deserve my pity, not my hatred. I need to remind myself of this truth often these days.
And every now and then, I need to do something to remind myself of who I truly am. The past few days I received 3 new tattoos. One to honor my Brothers, both my younger brother, whom we lost this past summer, and my older brother whom I love and cherish. The other two honor Spirit Allies, Bear and Wolf. There will be more in the future. It helps me, to look less like my neighbors, and to see the ink upon my skin, to remember who I am, and what I truly believe.
Those who are asleep, ignorant, delusional, and blind, those who are arrogant, power hungry and manipulative, those who speak untruths with impunity, those who would do harm, may not be my Enemies but, they are not my Community, my Family, or my Tribe.
I can do many things to positively affect the future. There are many ways that I can be open and use my voice to speak Truth and to support others as they too speak and resist and fight the good fight. I believe in peaceful resistance, in Magick and in Prayer. I believe in the Truth against the World, Heart to Heart, Shout above the Shouting, until there is Peace.
I have spent a great deal of time considering how I might contribute to the work of making things better. I believe that being more open in my mundane community and actively serving the Earth, and the humans I share this Earth with, is a good place to start. Praying and doing Magick to heal, awaken, and re-enchant the world are actions that I can commit to.
Encouraging others to resist, letting them know that they are not alone, and supporting them in that work are also actions that I can sustain. Letting my elected representatives know how I expect them to represent me and my issues is also my duty as a citizen.
I will remember who I am, and I will remember my purpose, and I will do those things that I can do to make things better. So Mote It Be!