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Five questions again!

From athanasios (thanks! :)):

1. How do you define friendship?

I'm not sure I do have a specific definition--it's kind of a "you know it when you see it" thing, and of course there are many different sorts of friendship. But true, long-term friendship is something else--this sort of friend is loyal without taking sides, supportive without losing all objectivity, honest without being hurtful, respectiful without being stiff and formal, close without being invasive, tolerant without becoming a doormat.

2. What is your opinion of Pagan Reconstructionism?

I like it. However, I consider myself to be a semi-reconstructionist, for various reasons. I think that maybe reconstructionist isn't the best word because it implies the possibility of an exact rebuilding, and I don't think that's possible or (probably) desirable in most cases.

However, the idea of a modern faith built on a strong reconstructed base--that I am definitely behind! Without the reconstruction, however, you don't have a pattern to follow. Innovation is best when based on what we already know.

I guess I'm not being too clear here-probably because it's an area where my own opinion is in flux right now.

3. How do you keep your cultural/spiritual interests ordered to the point that they don't bog you down?

Heh, that's saying that I do! :) I gather you're asking about the Hellenic/Norse thing. I think the biggest help is that my experience with each is quite different, that I'm not called to do the same thing with regard to both. For example, my Hellenic practice is pretty much limited to me--my own devotions, my own reading and writing--and my work is directed almost entirely inwardly. In addition, I have a narrower focus there, my devotion to Aphrodite in particular, and that may simplify things.

While there is an inner-work aspect as well to my Norse practice, I'm also very active in working with my kindred and trying to do the best possible job I can to make things go smoothly and to help everyone have a rewarding ritual experience. As I'm sure you know, once other people are in the mix it's a whole 'nother thing (not in a bad way, just in a different way)--I am lucky to be in a group where we share the work, but there's still a sense of responsibility that kind of hovers there, whatever you do. Again, not a bad thing. Whatever I do, I kind of feel like I'm never just doing it for myself, and I look at things with respect to whether they'll be helpful for our group as well as for me as an individual. Just a different approach, I guess.

4. What is your favorite ethnic food? Why?

I like Indian food if it's not too spicy (I know, what's the point! :)), but really I think I like Chinese best. A nice mix of flavors, generally hard to make inedible (although one time I had some that was--I think they'd emptied a can of peas into the mix! :)), and readily available for takeout.

5. You have said you are in the SCA, what do you like most about that organization?

Heh, not a whole lot at the moment. I'm kind of tired of it, have been for a while. But looking back, I think it was the opportunity to do cool stuff--costumes, needlework, cooking--that drew me in. It wasn't the role-playing aspect because I really don't do persona, and it certainly wasn't the fighting, which I find fairly tedious most of the time, and it definitely wasn't the royalty thing because court is deadly dull and I can never remember what crown equals what peer :). But learning to do new things is a lot of fun--that and being with tons of people who appreciate the skill and effort that goes into doing those crafts--in the modern world, most people really don't see the point. And the people, of course-The people you are playing with make a lot of difference with regard to your experience of the SCA. It's fun, I may well get back into it at some point, but right now it's a very, very low priority.

Want to play along? Follow these rules:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be

And I'm asking athanasios five questions in return :).



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 27th, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
What the hell! I'll try it out!

However, I'll probably have the same answer to #2 as you did. ::grins:: just a heads up ;)
Jan. 27th, 2004 06:17 am (UTC)
LOL, then I won't ask exactly that question! :)

1. What three things do you most want to teach Maia?
2. What, if any, do you feel should be the limits of innovation with regard to reconstructionist religion?
3. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid? Do (or would) you still enjoy it today?
4. Given a choice of one or the other, would you rather be able to see into the future or into the past? Why?
5. How do you balance your spiritual life with your more mundane physical-world responsibilities?
Jan. 27th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
thanks! I'm updating now :)
Jan. 27th, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC)
OK. Now ask me five questions...
Jan. 27th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
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