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david poole

I have just finished reading Bobcat’s excellent book, it has provided me with a host of new ideas which I had never conceived of before. Firstly, I have just been reminded of Lyall Watson’s Supernature and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, both of which I should get around to reading and both of which deserve to be in the Order’s reading library, from what I can gather of them. Painism another new idea which I had not heard of before, this is the idea that life is about avoiding pain, either in suffering it or in inflicting it, which could from the basis of a whole path within itself or be a supplement for another path such as Druidry or Humanism, which are not quite the same thing by any means. I think that there is a certain nobility to this path, but of course it does not have any specific parameters apart from an it harm none, to paraphrase Wicca (there is no hint of hedonism contained within painism, which does not advocate free will in and of itself). Bobcast is very strong and determined on other values, she is a very moral person, perhaps a little dictatorial if you were to try to implement all of these philosophies; her book is heavy with guidelines, which may be intimidating to some although I found it all to be fascinating. Animal cruelty and exploitation and society’s role within this is discussed frequently and at length, more so than most other subjects. There is a certain amount of sadness and resolve to some of her accounts, such as in the splitting up of a partnership, which was very affecting for me. @3 x3 triads are a very important part of OBOD’s Bardic Grade course, I have recently noticed something similar to what you mentioned at the beginning with the triad of loyalty, courage and generosity, albeit worded somewhat differently. Note also a comparison with the heathen values of the Nine Noble Virtues; note also that I have encountered some scepticism over this list of virtues, with some people disputing that they are authentically based on history; I think that the Nine Noble Virtues may be a modern invention rather than an ancestral practice, therefore they are admirable as a code for living but not historically authentic and not part of our ancestor’s beliefs.