“Manifesting An Other World”

I’m in Seattle.

I’ve much to tell you, but much I want to linger on, memories which might just be for me.

‘Till I’ve sorted all that out, consider reading this, my July column for The Wild Hunt.  It’s an expanded excerpt of the presentation I’m giving next week in New York at the Polytheist Leadership Conference.

A quote:

As it is impossible to understand the interiority of any subject (which ultimately makes them an unknowable “Other”) without the physical manifestations of their beliefs, the polytheist “challenge” to mainstream Paganism is precisely that gods, if they actually exist, result in actually-existing actions on the part of those who experience and believe in them as actually-existing.
This stance, called “radical” by some, is similar to the same challenge posed by indigenous and anti-colonial resistance movements, queer political actions, and leftist challenges to mainstream political parties. Each pose the same critique to the dominant hegemonic political order, that it is not merely enough to have an opinion that another world is possible, but rather one must physically manifest such beliefs into the world.

—Manifesting An Other World

 

Also, I’ve decided that, whenever someone condescendingly tries to explain that revolution is impossible and they derive this certainty know from being “in my 20’s during the 1960’s,” we youngfolk should smile kindly and reply,

“Yeah?  So was George Bush.”

Be well, all of you!

As it is impossible to understand the interiority of any subject (which ultimately makes them an unknowable “Other”) without the physical manifestations of their beliefs, the polytheist “challenge” to mainstream Paganism is precisely that gods, if they actually exist, result in actually-existing actions on the part of those who experience and believe in them as actually-existing.

This stance, called “radical” by some, is similar to the same challenge posed by indigenous and anti-colonial resistance movements, queer political actions, and leftist challenges to mainstream political parties.  Each pose the same critique to the dominant hegemonic political order, that it is not merely enough to have an opinion that another world is possible, but rather one must physically manifest such beliefs into the world.

- See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/07/manifesting-an-other-world.html#sthash.L7iqFDe3.dpuf

About rhyd wildermuth

An intractable tea-swilling punk, queer hooligan, and dream-soaked leftist bard, Rhyd Wildermuth has left bits of his heart(h) everywhere—in a satyr’s den in Berlin, hanging from an elder tree over a holy well in Bretagne, scattered in back alleys of Seattle, and lost somewhere in the bottom of his rucksack. He’s devoted to Welsh gods, breathes words, makes candles, plays recorder, fumbles with tech, and refuses ever to learn to drive. His main blog is: paganarch.com. View all posts by rhyd wildermuth

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