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    Pagan Ethics

    I tried looking around online but I didn't really find anything that gave me what I wanted.
    I was wondering if anyone here could give me a list of basic pagan ethics other then the rede of course.

    I'm looking into pagan ethics because of some recent things that have been going on in my life. I would love to write about them, but I want to see if the things that have been happening lately go against any basic ethical behavior of pagan religions. It would also be great to add to my BOS.

    Thank you!

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    Defining basic pagan ethics works roughly as well as defining paganism. The many disparate groups have many disparate approaches. The Rede itself is commonly known but not always accepted. A lot of sects have no use for it.
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    Re: Pagan Ethics

    Fair enough. I just don't want to write something that I believe to be unethical and then have a swarm of people after me telling me I'm completely wrong. I think I worry too much.
    What my idea is, is writing about how I find it to just completely dropping someone out of your life for no known reason. To be all sweet to someone, help them, talk with them and then not say anything at all to them about why, or ask them to leave you alone for a little while, and just disappear.
    It's understandable if the person is an actual danger to your physical self, but I didn't do anything. I just exist.

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    I think the rede is enough to cover that, provided that your version of it includes "an it harm none".

    Such abandonment can be considered harm. For is it not true that when we interact with another person and express caring for them, we offer them the good-faith idea that we are at minimum friendly acquaintances? Offering such cold negligence isn't something most of us would do to an enemy, much less to a friend. We would do an enemy the courtesy of an "f-off", but not to someone whom we were friendly with?

    It's harmful because it leaves the other person with confusion and hurt for no reason.

    If I were to write about it, I think that would be my personal approach. It's not harmless to subject someone to "the silent treatment". I like the study in which Masaru Emoto ignored some rice, talked to some other nicely, and screamed hatefully at the last... the one to suffer the most was the neglected one. Scientific or not, it says something.

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    "Everything you do should be in the goal of personal gain or spiritual growth."

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    Re: Pagan Ethics

    Personally I've always found 'situation ethics' quite useful. Originally I think this came from Christianity but it works well with just about any belief system.
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    Re: Pagan Ethics

    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessWillow View Post
    I tried looking around online but I didn't really find anything that gave me what I wanted.
    I was wondering if anyone here could give me a list of basic pagan ethics other then the rede of course.

    I'm looking into pagan ethics because of some recent things that have been going on in my life. I would love to write about them, but I want to see if the things that have been happening lately go against any basic ethical behavior of pagan religions. It would also be great to add to my BOS.

    Thank you!
    Pagans are a disparate lot. Trying to get Pagans to agree on anything is like herding cats, nailing Jell-O to a tree, busting a pinata with a cooked noodle, any other metaphor for 'impossible'.

    Pagan ethics are pretty much personal ethics, and personal ethics are usually based around a person's cultural environment and upbringing. The best course of action might be to read Pagan-written blogs and articles. A google search for 'Pagan values month' might be one way to start.
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    Re: Pagan Ethics

    Quote Originally Posted by perzephone View Post
    ... Pagan ethics are pretty much personal ethics ...
    I would second this. My own personal system of ethics and morals is exactly that: personal. It's an outlook that I've developed over the course of my life, as opposed to something that I believe because it's the consensus of those with a similar belief system. Granted, it's definitely affected by society and family, but for the most part it's something that's personal to me.

    If it's any help to you, PrincessWillow, I'll share my personal ethical outlook: The things you do either have a positive or a negative effect on you, the world, and the people around you. Whenever you question the morality of something, try thinking about whether it will have a larger positive or negative impact. Weigh the action, in this case abandonment, and decide the positive and negative effects it will have. Does it bring the abandoner pleasure or relief? That is positive. Does it fill the abandoned one with grief, sorrow and loneliness? That is negative. When deciding whether the action is ethical, consider weighing these two sides. It can offer a clearer picture, in my experience.

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    Re: Pagan Ethics

    My mother is a Pagan. And her motto is, Besides Hakuna Matata, that "an it harm none, do what ye will". She does try to be positive and up beat all the time, for life is too good for negative energies. And mostly, she never wishes evil into others because of the three rules. Anything you do will be done back three fold.

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    Re: Pagan Ethics

    Quote Originally Posted by pjbaldwinjr1 View Post
    My mother is a Pagan. And her motto is, Besides Hakuna Matata, that "an it harm none, do what ye will". She does try to be positive and up beat all the time, for life is too good for negative energies. And mostly, she never wishes evil into others because of the three rules. Anything you do will be done back three fold.
    While many people, especially Wiccans, follow these philosophies, they aren't universal to Paganism. Nowadays it's getting more & more unusual to hear people refer to 'the Rule of Three'.
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