Pagan Prompt: Brightest Star
Question from Pagan_Prompt on LJ.
Who do you believe is the most influential person alive today in the pagan and/or magical community and why?
My short answer: No one.
The Pagan and magical “community” is largely a mythical beast, in my opinion. Given that there are so many different paganisms, and so many different systems of magic, there are going to be different communities, cliques, groups, temples, houses, clubs, and what-have-you. This question can only be answered on the opinion of the one answering it.
Any idiot can publish a book. And any internet guru or “elder”, no matter how wrong they might be, is considered right if enough nodding heads and yes-men/women are following them around. I’ve seen this all too often with what I call “internet shamans” online. Such people are quite skilled in quietly silencing or getting rid of any dissenting voices, or appealing to mob mentality in general.
I’m not saying there aren’t people who are indeed bright lights, voices of sanity and wisdom when it is much needed in this scene. But “the most influential” will likely only be a mythical beast. At least in my book.
Be noted that I am writing this from the perspective of a relative hermit. I am not a part of a temple or group. I hold no loyalties to anyone else but my gods and myself. The rhetoric and dogma of others is all too often bothersome, and something that would just get in my way.
I think the question should be: Who is most influential to you on your path?