1Korin Robinson = "For me the only Hierarchy that matters is within my own
group. Looking down on another’s path is
just a waste of time.Where I fit on this? Um.
. . . Let’s see, Published Pagan Scholar, Reconstructionist,
Degree in Theology, Metal-head"
2Sam Shryock = "
The is an amazing creation by Ashley Yakeley, webmaster of The Seattle Pagan Mailing List (seapagan.org) discussion list. She posts on the site that "This grew out of Lore Fitzgerald Sjöberg's original Geek Hierarchy." In it, she captures an amazing cross section of the mulitverse of Pagan traditions. The criteria she uses to place groups on the chart is definitely sarcastic: Q: How come I'm down at the bottom of the hierarchy?
A: "It might be because society despises you which fact I am merely observing (e.g., Otherkin), or it may be because I, personally, despise you (e.g. white people who claim to be reincarnated American Indian priestesses) and society ought to despise you."
http://seapagan.org/pagan-hierarchy/ Based on my experiences, this chart is probably not too far from the truth, at least from the viewpoint of some.
Though I do not subscribe to any belief system looking down on the other, this chart illustrates that people will often believe the superiority of their belief system within any religion over those of another. Many people strive to secure their self-identity by creating an “other” and rallying against it. This unfortunately has created systems that creates hierarchies based on many categories such as class, gender, race and ethnicity which sometimes allows the few to overpower the many. The acceptance of religious pluralism, both within Paganism and without, is a necessary component to building your own faith. Without these alternate religious views challenging your own, how would we be able to grow? Contrasting your religious views should not be about trying to show the superiority of your view, but instead, learning to be open to new experiences and new ways of looking at things. The acceptance of pluralism allows you to realize that many shades of color exist. Your pallet is expanded from only having two possibilities to now having hundreds of options or more. You free your mind from limiting thoughts. Nothing holds you back more than thinking that you know the answers so you never consider other alternatives. When you admit that there are several possible solutions or outcomes, you allow yourself to think beyond the boundaries where you normally would have stopped yourself. You open yourself to more options when you are trying to problem solve. Though being open minded does help you to grow intellectually, the most important aspect of pluralism is that it can increase your ability to love and be loved. When you let go of judgment, you allow yourself to give and accept love more freely. You do not concern yourself with drawing conclusions about people, but instead accept them for who they (and you) are.
3Nan Thompson = "I wouldn't say that I look down upon any particular group.There are a few however that I am inclinded to just nod and back away slowly. "
4Sara Di Diego = "Rabelaisian Bon Vivants are "the political aim of Rabelais was to bust axioms, and the way to accomplish that was to create giants who would break with all forms of deductive logic. In comparison with the smallness of the feudal man’s thinking, Rabelais’ Renaissance man is a giant of intellectual and moral standing, who breaks with all of the old rules, all the taboos, all the old habits of a decrepit medieval society, breaking with all types of formalism, and hypocrisy, especially the most pernicious of all, religious hypocrisy. While the Sorbonne theologians based their recruitment to the church on guilt, Rabelais destroyed guilt, and replaced it with laughter."Work Cited:http://www.schillerinstitute.org/fid_97-01/004_rabelaisian.html"