I couldn’t help myself. I snorked out loud. Thank goodness I’d already finished my double-caramel mocha latte, because if I’d had a mouthful of coffee at that moment it would have ended up all over the book I was perusing at the time. Really, it took every ounce of inner strength I had not to peek over the shelves and announce, “You’re very silly.”
Anyway, it got me thinking. Is Wicca really an excuse to just “do what feels good”? As a religion with no organized structure to speak of, how do we know the difference between acceptable behavior and Things That Are Not Okay? Sure, we have basic guidelines like “Harm None” and that whole “Karma’s a Bummer” concept, but why are people interpreting “Do what thou wilt” as license for a magical free-for-all?
I’ve been at Pagan gatherings where people justify antisocial or dangerous activities by saying, “If it feels good, it’s okay.” That’s not Wicca. That’s irresponsibility. It’s also reflective of a general unwillingness to think about the consequences of our actions. Ultimately, we’re all in charge of our own set of rules and ethics. We have to set a standard for ourselves, and then hold ourselves to those expectations. If we simply go on doing anything we please without taking any personal responsibility for our actions, then what have we accomplished? Nothing, except to shortchange ourselves about what our spiritual path really is.
For more information on Pagan and Wiccan Ethics, read Wiccan Ethics and the Wiccan Rede and The Threefold Law.