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Re: Should Druid’s smoke

Posted: 25 Apr 2019, 13:39
by Badgerheart
I think is makes sense to differentiate between habits and addiction. Doing something regularly does not necessarily mean you are addicted. One sign of addiction is, as I understand it, is that you keep doing whatever you are addicted to even if you do not really want to.

Also, I think one should be careful about making a shibboleth out of any one single activity. Yes, smoking is harmful, but so is, for example, eating resource-demanding food such as meat or avocado, travelling by plane, buying a lot of stuff, driving a car, living in a large house and so on. Many of these things are probably far more harmful than smoking. If we should try and eliminate certain harmful practices, I think "should Druids travel by plane?" is a more relevant question to ask.

(If smoking shaves a few years of your lifespan, it would even mean we will have less time to do all those other harmful things, so the net effect might well be positive...)

Instead of creating a set of rules and taboos, I think we should say that Druids should strive to live in tune with the cycles of nature and limit their ecological footprint, and, in recognition of people being different, acknowledging that there are different ways of doing that.

Re: Should Druid’s smoke

Posted: 01 Feb 2020, 04:08
by Tuathal-Romsdal
"Instead of creating a set of rules and taboos, I think we should say that Druids should strive to live in tune with the cycles of nature and limit their ecological footprint, and, in recognition of people being different, acknowledging that there are different ways of doing that"

I couldn't agree more.

I smoke a pipe non-stop, and love my whisky. I drive a pickup truck, because in the green mountains of vermont, you'd be foolish to drve anything else 6 months out of the year.

On the other hand, I operate an organic farm. I raise honeybees and use no chemicals anywhere here. i plant heirloom varieties, and re=plany every spring from my own seeds. I walk whenever possible, and recyle aboslutely everything. Our pond is a refuge for dragonfles, our flowers arre planted for buterflies and bees, our brush piles a home for migrant birds, our pond a home for native critters.

I think my smoking tobacco is a drop in the ocean compared to our efforts to salvage our native ecosystem.

Re: Should Druid’s smoke

Posted: 02 Feb 2020, 17:56
by Rita
Hello,
I agree with both of you regarding your ideas on ecology .
what we drive has to be practical in our environment as a farmers daughter, this is something I totally understand ! :)
There is now strong evidence that by living as organically as possible we can help to achieve a balance within the environment .
Most of my family are Bee keepers , I have been lucky enough to grown up around these tiny very special creators of healing and life .
When working in nursing with the elderly, I was amazed to see honey being used on dressings to heal very advanced ulcers . I get a sense that we still do not fully understand its benefits .
I also recycle as much as possible , my father was the one of the first people to do this that I know, so I have been lucky to have grown up with those values . Everything we do in the environment creates a ripple outwards, as does the stone in a pond , and it is as I have grown both in experience and age that I fully appreciate this .

Imbolc Blessings and kindest Regards
Rita :shake: