Generally I take a very relaxed attitude to how people define their own Druidry. I don’t like dogma, and I don’t like being prescriptive. But there are things I consider totally non-negotiable. I thought it would be interesting to try and pin those down.
Here are the things I consider core to my Druidry and not at all open to discussion. There’s not much in here that is specifically religious, I realise, nothing at all pertaining to deity. Without further ado, the ten dogmatic statements of Bryn are as follows…
1) Without honour, a person has nothing.
2) The world is full of wonder, magic and beauty. It is our duty to seek and appreciate it, to encourage, protect and nurture it.
3) There is no freedom without responsibility.
4) All life is sacred. Everything has value and worth and our defaults should be care and respect.
5) It is what we do, that defines who we are, not what we think.
6) We have a duty to ourselves to be the best that we can be, by whatever terms we define that.
7) We have the right to seek our own happiness, wellbeing and fulfilment, balanced by a duty to act with care and respect where others are concerned.
8) No one has the monopoly on wisdom, and truth quite often depends on where you happen to be looking at it from. But not always.
9) There are no rules or guidelines that can actually tell us how to live well. We have to figure it out for ourselves, moment to moment.
10) Everything matters. Everything deserves taking seriously. Whatever we believe, we should live this life as though it is the only one we have.
(I have just realised that there is no do or do not in the above, only try. I am the AntiYoda!)
There are a great many other things that I do, value, and think are important, but they do not create standards by which I would judge other people. But I do make judgements about people whose lives and perspectives are wildly at odds with the above concepts.