The thing which prevented posts from me occurring on Friday and Saturday this past weekend was that I happened to be in Seattle, mainly to present a short bit on the Ekklesía Antínoou at Edge of the Circle Books during OLOTEAS‘ final class of their yearly “Skiing the Magical Bunny Slope” course, where various different groups come and do a quick elevator speech, more or less, on their groups.
While I don’t know if any of the new folks from the class will be interested in the Ekklesía Antínoou, I did enjoy presenting, and speaking with some of the other presenters afterwards. Among these was the organizer of Sacred Well Ministries.
I have to say, even though the diversity of the presenters was noteworthy, and the way in which we all seem to get along pretty well was also something that one of the other presenters commented upon as a uniquely Puget Sound area phenomenon amongst pagan and esoteric groups, nonetheless I felt pretty different amongst the group because of the decidedly non-Wiccan nature of the Ekklesía Antínoou. Even the manner in which I speak about the gods and goddesses was different than almost every other group who had a representative present.
At the end of the night, when I was given a ride back to where I was staying by the head of Sacred Well Ministries, we were talking about syncretism, which I had mentioned is not entirely the same as eclecticism, but is very similar in many respects. (I do go back and forth on whether they are synonymous or not…) While many groups and individuals have a tendency to read about other religions or practices and then (as someone who was a representative of another group said) “plagiarize them,” or in some other way absorbs or adapts them to their own purposes, I don’t want to be thought of as the way people often think of Roman polytheists, which is somewhat akin to the way people think of the Borg: “your distinctiveness will be added to our own.” Instead, I think we’re much more like the Vulcans of Star Trek in their IDIC ideal: “Infinite Diversity, Infinite Combinations.” Or, at least we strive to be.
So, what do you think: are you more of a Borg, or a Vulcan? (And, it’s all right to be a Borg, just as long as you tell other people you are–resistance is NEVER futile!)