I know just what you mean . Although I'm not sure it's always wanting to hurt, it's maybe having damaging habits which can be unlearned.DaRC wrote: So once I stopped wanting to hurt people, I was developing philosophically
But the point about Druidism is that we care about improving ourselves. No one's perfect, but learning how to weave a bit of joy and harmony into our lives and those we come into contact with is certainly one of the most useful things that Druids do for the general state of humanity and the planet.
On the other paw I think aggression has a place, as Aphritha said earlier, in the sense of action to correct injustice. If I wasn't aggressive, and as a youth, stupid enough to pass as brave I'd never have done the Greenpeace and SWACS (? now Cetacean Society International) actions that I took part in long ago. No-one actually got hurt, but there were interesting moments. SWACS did a brilliant carefully planned and targeted action in the early 90s, only 12 of us, that finally got the supermarkets to cave in on the question of tuna netting which was killing an estimated 150,000 dolphins per year and had put a generation of impoverished pole fishermen out of work. I don't know if it was really that many dolphins, but clearly it was absolute havoc. We succeeded. 20 years later... have 12 angry people now saved 150,000 x 20 dolphins? How many fishermen's families survived that might not have? I don't know.
Certainly as a number of posters have said if aggression has to be there it HAS to be personally controlled.
I'm not surprised to see that the thread has progressed from the personal to the planetary:
So, a world full of people most of whom haven't even begun to address their issues, some of them in charge of whole nations. Druids are making a difference even if it's only by changing themselves. It used, some historians say, to be that Druids were the Heralds of society, passing between nations and disputing leaders and weaving harmonious solutions for the world. That's what I call Druid work. Don't you just wish...Heddwen wrote:To me druidry works towards a harmonious solution, without it becoming like an idealised hippie type 'love fest' but a fluid and credible answer if not 'calling'. It is part of our druid 'work' as I see it.
P.S. Is peace what you get when the battle is won?