Why did it bother me? Why did they annoy me so much, those who flaunt their closeness with their deities? Those who say that they are called, that they’ve been given some sacred duty to perform. They stride with such confidence into every bright day, their eyes and armor glistening with the borrowed glory of their service to the gods. Gods that are bright, always so bright, burning with all that purpose and power — and all I had were my little candles, the anemic flame, the dark slumped wick.
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I try to answer an intriguing question put forward in an essay by Sionnach Gorm:
"How do we, as devout polytheists, reconcile the historic reality that our ancestors (at some point in the 5th-6th century CE and with no evidence of coercion) chose to turn to a god of bells and tonsures, of monks and scriptures, of Rome and the Papacy? Why would they 'abandon' the gods of their ancestors, and choose this newfangled Christ and his missionaries?"
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Ask me another one! I'm trying a little experiment on my blog, inviting questions about my beliefs and practices, as well as Druidry, Paganism and nature-centered spirituality in general. So ask me a tough one, and I'll try to answer in 1,000 words or less. :)
- A2Z R&DResearch Linguist, 2011 - present
I am a druid, linguist, and author. I write about meditation, relationship with Spirit, soulful fulfillment in scholarship and art, reconnecting the ancient with the modern, creating beauty, and healing the world.
Professionally, I am a computational linguist, with a focus on socio-linguistics, historical linguistics, lexical semantics, and lexicography. I have a keen interest not only in the minutiae of the working of the human mind and its manipulation of symbols, but also the broader patterns of social change and development. I have published papers on conversational implicature, dialect analysis, lexical semantics, and syntactic universals.
Spiritually, I was raised Zen Buddhist in the culturally conservative South, and am now a revivalist druid. I have worked in the fields of internet search, text-to-speech processing, and the defense industry, and am the father of four children. I live in Seattle, WA with my wife Ali and our black cat, Cu Gwyn.
- University of Maryland, College Parklinguistics