The Future of Paganism
Any other Pagan Green Wizards? Any other Pagan Green Wizards who are interested in the survival of Modern Pagansim in a post-peak world?
I'm a member of ADF and a Druid of both that sort and the Revival sort, and I'm very involved in my local Pagan community. I'd love to see our community and religions become truly viable and survive peak oil, and I'm trying to figure out how to work towards that goal. As I understand it, JMG identifies as Pagan and has taken major steps toward helping to preserve the traditions he's involved in, but has also expressed some skepticism about how well Modern Paganism will be able to last.
It seems to me that we have a couple major advantages:
1: Many Green Wiazrdry skills are already well represented in the Pagan community, and Pagans are more likely than the average population to study the sort of skills that will be important as indusrial society winds down.
2: The less New-Agey types of Paganism have theologies, mythologies, and world views that are well suited to unplugging from industrial culture and the religion of Progress.
But we also have some major challenges:
1: The Pagan community is widely spread out and we don't have the density to have a self-sustaining community in most places. Because of this, we're overly reliant on the internet and fossil-fuel transportation to connect our community, and we also tend to have little experience in practical aspects of maintaining a community.
2: As JMG has pointed out, small religious movements come and go as fads and can attract a lot of people who will move onto something new as soon as they get bored or things get hard.
What do you think? Do we have a chance? How can we work to preserve our traditions and communities in the aftermath of peak oil?