First Published on “The Juggler”
Several things have happened in the last 48 hours that had the potential to really affect the online world of Wicca and Witchcraft. First was the publication of an essay by Mike Nichols. Second was my rebuttal to it. Third was the featuring of a High Priestess on ABC’s Wife Swap. Last was the death of a long standing member of the community.
With the exception of the Lady’s death, all the expected drama has failed to start. None of the hate mail, none of the complaints, none of the wailing and recriminations. I expected long angsty posts about how this point was true and that one didn’t apply. I expected to see recriminations and accusations.
None of that has happened.
Apparently there have been others who have looked forward to that as well. I’ve had multiple hits to my site looking for the angst and articles on the Wife Swap. So many hits, in fact, that the article I had planned to put up sometime a week after the episode aired, forced me to put it up hours after that episode aired.
I expected to read community leaders talking about how Wiccans weren’t represented by this or that. I was kinda looking forward to hearing what the BNPs of the online community were going to say.
I have been searching in vain for those articles and posts. I’ve been going from message board to blog to livejournal to email list and I have seen none of it.
Could it be that we are finally getting tired of the drama? That we realize that none of it matters in the long run? That what is presented is one person’s views and that they have a right to feel that way? Could it be that we are FINALLY maturing into a cohesive group of coreligionists who actually focus on the religion and spirituality rather than the “my coven is bigger than yours” attitudes? Could it be?
I am hoping we have.