Just a short thought for tonight: I’ve been watching and thinking about the rise and fall of yet another BNP (big name Pagan), at least within the fever swamp of Paganistan’s blogosphere. Here’s my take-away.
I think that what we need are a whole lot fewer BNPs and more EDPs (Every-Day Pagans). It’s not too helpful to me to learn about people who have made selling Paganism their life. I’m glad there are some folks who do that, but I’m never going to do that and neither are the majority of us. And making those BNPs almost our entire focus does all of us a disservice. I get why it happens; it’s easier to write about a few BNPs than to dig up information and and write about a lot of EDPs. I’m guilty of that, too.
But, what’s really helpful to me — as a pretty average woman leading a pretty average life — is to learn about people who manage to simply Live While Pagan. You know, the woman who is a nurse at a big-city hospital, a wife, a mother, a PTA member, and a Witch; she even pins things to Pinterest. The teen who goes to high school, plays in the band, jogs with friends in the morning, takes Spanish, and plants trees with hir family’s Druid grove. The guy who works in IT all day and then feeds the homeless as part of his Asatru group’s focus on their local community. On Saturdays, he coaches a lacrosse team. The carpenter who finds her strength in Celtic Reconstructionism, the technical writer who prays each morning to Toth, the judge who never enters hir courtroom without silently invoking Ma’at.
I want to hear how those people live, and work, and worship.
Maybe we could quit constantly turning folks who obviously aren’t ready into BNPs and start to tell the stories of EDPs. I’d like that.