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The Tolerance of the Minority(?)

Some days my hopeful interior pokes through my cynical exterior. I say "people are human" even while I hope they can evolve past a level of eye scratching and groin kicking. The latter was marginally confirmed in response my blog posting on nonfluffypagans.

Here's where I see the disconnect between the "could-be" and "is"” of human nature. I have this dream that minorities learn something about compassion and understanding because they are a minority. Pagans are a much abused spiritual minority. We are told that we are either in league or duped by Satan. We are told that we're both damned and dangerous. Is anything learned from this? Perhaps. Is the mindset of the minority different from the mindset of the majority? I don't think so. Allow me to explain. My posting on nonfluffypagans was about having respect/tolerance for those who believe differently from you. I dangled the target of otherkins as part of the message. Well, I might have as well been dangling raw meat in front of ravenous dogs. Immediately the hue of "they're crazy", "they're living in anime" and "it's a mental illness" (paraphrasing!!!) was raised by some people. Others talked about past bad experiences with otherkin claimers. The more negative tone was, "they don't deserve my respect/consideration". Other people offered a conciliatory message, but this response were marginalized. The vocal majority voiced an emotional charged detracting reaction. The number of responses far outnumbered the typical number of responses for a blog.

What's up with this? Here's my theory. Upon reflection I realized that minorities have their own prejudices and "sub-minorities" open to ridicule. There seems to be the human desire to have somebody not good enough to fully belong even to the minority. Some examples are blacks who are not black enough and gays who are not gay enough. Light-colored blacks and bi-sexuals become the persecuted minorities within a minority. The stories I've heard from the targets of these communities' abuse equal or top the actions of the greater society to these minorities.

In my heart I hoped that Pagans were different. I guess I thought, "this is a spiritual path, there has to be some wisdom gained from being pagan". The resulting comments from my blog entry were most 'unspiritual', disheartening, and very very human. So mote it be. Time to put that cynical exterior back on display!
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