Sometimes I think about morals. I feel that if I do not examine my own ethics and morals from time to time I will not grow as a person or in spirit. Sometimes though I wonder about the morals and ethics of my fellow Wiccans.
I see a great many new people who dive headfirst into things with this idea of nothing but “Love and Light” And fail to observe what nature, what we hold up as an extension and example of the divine cycle.
You see in my view all life is scared, from the ants, which I do not hesitate to exterminate for invading my territory, to the cow killed to make my hamburger, to the idiot bigot who tells me I am going to hell because I believe the way I do. All of these lives are scared, and equal, no more important then the other. But nature is as cruel a place as it is beautiful, baby animals stave if their mother dies to a predator, animals kill one another to eat, to sometimes in terf scuffles, they burn alive trapped in their burrows in natural lightning set forest fires. People do not often want to see these horrible things, but to they do take place and do exist along side their rainbows, starry nights, and cuddly baby kittens and puppies. The nature we revere is as ugly mean and cruel as it is beautiful, and our gods have their bad side along with their good sides, this I think more Wiccans should recognize and take to heart when facing some of life’s trials.
Sadly though, I do not think a lot of people can not handle that sort of thing, and are not mature enough to handle such wisdom properly, especially when first starting out. For it is not despite of these things we should strive to be kind and caring towards one another as humans, but BECAUSE of them. Because of the violence, the ugliness of this world, we as Wiccans, as witches with the power to affect change should strive to be kind not only to others but to the world in general. If one can reach out and touch one life, or one part of the world, and change it for the better you have singlehandedly made the world a better place, no matter how small of a change, and if everyone did the same the world could and would change for the better. It does not prevent tragedy, violence or other things beyond mortal control, but it does less their negative impact in lives and on the wolrd.
It is an idealistic notion I am aware but it is something to strive, a force of good and change in a turbulent sea of chaos and unending change.