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What the rede says if you can read.
It is very easy, if you are
not quite bright, to pass over the Wiccan Rede as a too-simple "law" that
moronic Wiccans follow, a rule that says "harm none," but the Rede does
not say harm none. The eight words that make up the Wiccan rede are:
"An it harm none, do as you will"
True, "harm" and "none" are in there, but the logic
that says the Rede says "harm none" also makes it say "it harm" and "none
do" which are equally nonsenscial. "An it harm none, do as you will," translated
into modern English, is not "Do only that which harms none," it is "Actions
that do no harm may be done as you will."
I have used the passive voice here on purpose. The
Rede is not a commandment. It is not "thou shalt not," it does not tell
you what not to do. It ONLY tells you what TO do, if it is your will-that
which does no harm.
Perhaps the elder Witches are morons in assuming
this would be obvious to the rest of the world. It does not say what
not to do-only what to do.....
It does not say that that which harms none is the
only thing you can do, either.
Here is a really, really, really long version of
the rede, which explains the whole thing, for the literacy impaired:
You are aware of your
thoughts and actions, so you know your will, a thing deeper than want-animals
want-things that think, that are completely sentinent on the human or higher
level have Will: intention and desire, based on knowledge of the self.
Everyone who can know their Will can do their will-act within their intention,
desire and knowledge of self to achieve an end.
Wiccans, however, are
oblidged to attempt to live in a manner that works with their faith.
Their Will is limited by choice. They may do freely, as their will dictates,
only those things that harm none. They are limited in doing those
things that can cause harm by the dictates of their faith. Those dictates
are not stated in the rede, those dictates are given elsewhere in their
faith, the Wiccan rede speaks only to those things which they can do willy-nilly,
to their heart's content, without even having a spare thought for their
faith-those things in the category of "that which harms none."
And that is what it's all about.
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