Happy Sunna’s Day (Sunday)
1: Courage—By facing life’s struggles with courage, we constantly extend our capabilities. Without courage, nothing else can be done.
2: Truth—Blind faith has no place in Asatru. No pie-in-the-sky; we must act in this world as we sit it and as it really is rather than calmly wait for the next.
3: Honor—We must be true to what we are, and we insist on acting with nobility rather than baseness. Our standards must be banners held high in our hearts.
4: Fidelity—We stand true to our faith and our values. Loyalty is the basis for all enduring human activity, and we hold it in the highest esteem.
5: Discipline—We hold to the discipline necessary to fulfill our purpose. We stand willing to exercise the self-control and steadfastness necessary in these difficult times.
6: Hospitality—The isolation and loneliness of modern life is not necessary. The willingness to share what one has with ones’ fellow, especially travelers, is a vital part of our way of life.
7: Self-Reliance—We depend on our own strength and character to achieve our goals. We seek only the freedom necessary to our quest, whatever that may be.
8: Industriousness—Let us dare to be all that we can be! Let us take risks and taste the richness of life. Passivity is for sheep. We refuse to be mere spectators in life.
9: Perseverance—We hold to our path until it’s completion and are not ashamed to be strong. The cult of the anti-hero will find no support in us, and the gods we follow are not for the weak.
Ian Corrigan, a former arch-druid of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF), listed these in a slightly different way, breaking them down to three sets of threes. He did so as a way that it would fit any Indo-European path, regardless the nationality. I, myself, have found a correlation between his list and the class lists of The Republic, by Plato <so I will put my findings in these brackets here>. They are as follows:
The Ways of the Providers: <THE MERCHANT CLASS>
The Ways of the Warrior: <THE WARRIOR CLASS>
The Ways of the Wise: <THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS>
Unlike Plato’s version, I think Corrigan had in mind that not only everyone is capable of doing all three sets of threes, but it is highly encouraged for all to develop ALL these virtues. Plato would have simply been happy if the appropriate class would only focus on that particular class.
What does all this mean in the modern day twenty-first century? One of the key things that I notice right off is the responsibility. We cannot blame anyone for our failures save only ourselves. It is up to each individual how much effort they are going to put into something, or not. There is no devil we can pin the blame on. There is no rib woman who was tricked by a talking snake into eating enchanted fruit from a magical tree.
Though the above ^^ may seem to be discouraging to some, it need not be. Along with the responsibility comes POWER, the actual ability to do what needs to be done to get our goals met. We are discouraged from depending on others to do something for us. If the responsibility lies on our shoulders, then we can be sure that the means to get to where we are going are available. We may have to do some deep soul searching to find the strength to do so, but within each and everyone of us is the ability to dream big and to ensure that they become reality. That is why we can only blame ourselves if something does not go the way it should have.
A NOTE HERE: I may not be able to control the weather, but I can be prepared. If I know a tornado is on it’s way, it is up to me to get out of the way and seek shelter immediately. If I rely on someone else to get me through that and do nothing for myself because of that, then shame on me when things simply didn’t work out! This is where Truth comes in real handy, because I don’t want to keep fooling myself, doing the same thing over and over again expecting the same result. That is the definition of insanity, is it not?
In order to fully live my life, and thereby be happy, there needs to be a balance of freedom and discipline. Too much discipline and I go nowhere. Too much freedom means that there is no destination, because it is everywhere. Honor and fidelity keeps the discipline securely in place. Industriousness and courage fuels the freedom. Along the way, I am friendly towards people and people become my friends as a result, so I know I’ll get help when I need it (hospitality). The real important thing, however is that I stick to it. Anything worth having is worth the wait and worth putting everything into it (perseverance).
Anyway, just my thoughts.
With this I will leave you to yours in peace,