Love, peace, and chicken grease.
You can’t have the first two without understanding… and I’ll be having the third one for dinner tonight.
The first words out of my nephew’s mouth when he learned that my husband and I are Wiccan were, “Isn’t that a cult?” He had a lack of understanding which was most likely formed by listening to someone else’s opinion on the religion.
It’s a big word with a lot of meaning. Many people go through life thinking they understand a situation or relying on the “understanding” of others in order to form their own opinions. Unfortunately, this can create misinformation, fear, and hate.
Wicca is a subject that many people do not understand and are frightened of as a result. My nephew calling Wicca a “cult” is a good example of how many people feel; It’s a cult, it’s demon or devil worship, it’s make-believe… but how many people with those opinions have taken the time to really try to understand Wicca? Probably not many.
One of the biggest morals we try to instill in our children is understanding. It doesn’t mean that they have to completely understand a subject, but at least research it and try to see the subject from another’s point of view. Wicca isn’t for everyone, neither is Christianity, nor even chocolate (and no I still don’t understand that one).
Don’t make judgments about another person or their beliefs. Unless you have researched and experienced what they have, then you can never truly understand.
It is ok to not fully understand something. It is not ok to judge or hate someone for something you don’t understand.
Bacchus received a lesson in understanding and is now very interested in Wicca. He and Hestia constantly ask to learn more and Bacchus proved my point when I told him that he should never make a statement unless he has taken the time to learn and understand. *sigh* If only he’d understand that homework is important as well.
For those of you who are new to Wicca or are just trying to understand, please visit my page of what Wicca is all about.