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Unfortunately many of the terms used by religions - such as, for example, "worship", "praise", "holy" - have been so abused that the meanings are now almost completely infused, and confused, with bullying, duplicity, self-serving rationalization, hypocrisy, pious superiority, lying, and violence.

We here at Pagan Today want to distance ourselves from this broken, and vicious, cycle of meanings, and so offer the following thoughts and suggestions:

Follow or Appreciate: We prefer to use this rather than the word "worship" which has connotations of grovelling or begging. There is no need for us to grovel or beg, and many reasons to Appreciate.

Code: This is our preference over the word "religion" which has connotations of frozen thinking, blind obedience, and rigid laws to be obeyed to avoid suffering. Outmoded and superstitious, and by reason of its obvious failure in goals to bring peace and happiness, we believe the word "religion" has had its day and should only be used in history books. The word "Code" implies a set of principles that are not for sale or to be taken lightly.

Sol: how we refer to the Sun, we suggest it replace the word "god". And not as a simple substitution for the word; but as the literal, existing, visible receptor of our Appreciation. Certainly something visible and present, and so undeniably potent, is well more deserving of Appreciation than disinterested, invisible super-people. If you need something to believe in, something deserving of belief - believe in Sol. Sol has not broken our trust to this day.

Sols: Here at Pagan Today this is how we refer to ourselves.

Respect: We prefer this concept to the concepts of religious fellowship or congregation which are often found to be hollow and concerned often only with appearances of conformity to a Code. Respect is generated not from a group, but from within yourself. Respect connotes more than tolerance, it connotes acceptance, and the realization that not everyone thinks like you do, or that they must be like you. And that you are free to be who you really are.

the World and Universe: we prefer this term or similar over "church, synagogue, temple, mosque" which all connote a central someplace one is duty bound to go to Appreciate. They also imply central authority, which is a tired concept. We are in the World and Universe every moment, on every mountain peak, in every field, on every street corner. Be Respectful.

Communing: we believe this word should replace the word and concept of "prayer", which has connotations of beseeching, begging, pleading, and grovelling, and which requires an answer that often requires harm or loss to someone or something else (a "prayer" for victory, for example, is a prayer that the opponent fail). Communing on the other hand implies a peaceful concentration on, and awareness of what is around you, a time to communicate to yourself about yourself and all that surrounds you. Traditionally, People have used "prayer" to ask for things, use Communing to discover things, and to focus on methods and solutions where everyone, and everything, wins.

Activity: We prefer this over the word "praise" which connotes flattery for favours. Your Activity - that is, how you lead your life - is a better sign of Respect and Appreciation than crowd psychology, sycophancy, or hollow words.

Spiritual: This continues to have a positive meaning for us, not in the usual sense of ghostly or invisible, but in the sense of vigour, mettle, and life force.

Turp: We derive this from Turpis, the latin word for "ugly". This we believe should replace the word "sin", a transgression based on someone interpreting how a god is pleased or displeased. Often "sins" are enumerated and listed to be a certain number of things that one is damned for doing. But there are a lot more "sins" existing than are written down and listed, or even acknowledged.

Better to use a concept of Turp with a thinking, discerning mind to determine what is damnable. When we speak of a Turp we speak not of physical form or how something looks. Or of whether it appeals to you personally in particular or not.

But, for example, of whether it is just and fair, uses force to gain advantage, is grossly disrespectful, violates rights through coercion, takes or violates without permission, taking advantage or exploiting through someone's innocence, naiveté, or helplessness.

Breaking someone's trust is a Turp. Harming children, or other innocents, is a Turp. Hate is a Turp. War is a Turp. Violence is a Turp. Coercion is a Turp. Exploitation is a Turp. Being petty is a Turp. Being disrespectful is a Turp.

We believe the word "holy" should no longer be used. In our minds everything is holy and so there is no need for a special word. And the historical meaning of holy has such connotations of sycophance and fawning, as well as symbols for fighting, that it has become distasteful.

We believe "Divine" as a word should go out of use other than as a description of dessert. It implies abstract beings that are superior to humans, beings that control us, beings that require propitiation. We think it is time to realize we are in control of ourselves.

We are, and every speck of dust and creature and plant on this planet are, literally, pieces of Sol and so a part of Sol. Remember this in all your actions and thoughts. A disservice to anything on this planet is a disservice and disrespecting of yourself.

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Unfortunately many of the terms used by religions - such as, for example, "worship", "praise", "holy" - have been so abused that the meanings are now almost completely infused, and confused, with bullying, duplicity, self-serving rationalization, hypocrisy, pious superiority, lying, and violence.

We here at Pagan Today want to distance ourselves from this broken, and vicious, cycle of meanings, and so offer the following thoughts and suggestions:

Follow or Appreciate: We prefer to use this rather than the word "worship" which has connotations of grovelling or begging. There is no need for us to grovel or beg, and many reasons to Appreciate.

Code: This is our preference over the word "religion" which has connotations of frozen thinking, blind obedience, and rigid laws to be obeyed to avoid suffering. Outmoded and superstitious, and by reason of its obvious failure in goals to bring peace and happiness, we believe the word "religion" has had its day and should only be used in history books. The word "Code" implies a set of principles that are not for sale or to be taken lightly.

Sol: how we refer to the Sun, we suggest it replace the word "god". And not as a simple substitution for the word; but as the literal, existing, visible receptor of our Appreciation. Certainly something visible and present, and so undeniably potent, is well more deserving of Appreciation than disinterested, invisible super-people. If you need something to believe in, something deserving of belief - believe in Sol. Sol has not broken our trust to this day.

Sols: Here at Pagan Today this is how we refer to ourselves.

Respect: We prefer this concept to the concepts of religious fellowship or congregation which are often found to be hollow and concerned often only with appearances of conformity to a Code. Respect is generated not from a group, but from within yourself. Respect connotes more than tolerance, it connotes acceptance, and the realization that not everyone thinks like you do, or that they must be like you. And that you are free to be who you really are.

the World and Universe: we prefer this term or similar over "church, synagogue, temple, mosque" which all connote a central someplace one is duty bound to go to Appreciate. They also imply central authority, which is a tired concept. We are in the World and Universe every moment, on every mountain peak, in every field, on every street corner. Be Respectful.

Communing: we believe this word should replace the word and concept of "prayer", which has connotations of beseeching, begging, pleading, and grovelling, and which requires an answer that often requires harm or loss to someone or something else (a "prayer" for victory, for example, is a prayer that the opponent fail). Communing on the other hand implies a peaceful concentration on, and awareness of what is around you, a time to communicate to yourself about yourself and all that surrounds you. Traditionally, People have used "prayer" to ask for things, use Communing to discover things, and to focus on methods and solutions where everyone, and everything, wins.

Activity: We prefer this over the word "praise" which connotes flattery for favours. Your Activity - that is, how you lead your life - is a better sign of Respect and Appreciation than crowd psychology, sycophancy, or hollow words.

Spiritual: This continues to have a positive meaning for us, not in the usual sense of ghostly or invisible, but in the sense of vigour, mettle, and life force.

Turp: We derive this from Turpis, the latin word for "ugly". This we believe should replace the word "sin", a transgression based on someone interpreting how a god is pleased or displeased. Often "sins" are enumerated and listed to be a certain number of things that one is damned for doing. But there are a lot more "sins" existing than are written down and listed, or even acknowledged.

Better to use a concept of Turp with a thinking, discerning mind to determine what is damnable. When we speak of a Turp we speak not of physical form or how something looks. Or of whether it appeals to you personally in particular or not.

But, for example, of whether it is just and fair, uses force to gain advantage, is grossly disrespectful, violates rights through coercion, takes or violates without permission, taking advantage or exploiting through someone's innocence, naiveté, or helplessness.

Breaking someone's trust is a Turp. Harming children, or other innocents, is a Turp. Hate is a Turp. War is a Turp. Violence is a Turp. Coercion is a Turp. Exploitation is a Turp. Being petty is a Turp. Being disrespectful is a Turp.

We believe the word "holy" should no longer be used. In our minds everything is holy and so there is no need for a special word. And the historical meaning of holy has such connotations of sycophance and fawning, as well as symbols for fighting, that it has become distatsteful.

We believe "Divine" as a word should go out of use other than as a description of dessert. It implies abstract beings that are superior to humans, beings that control us, beings that require propitiation. We think it is time to realize we are in control of ourselves.

We are, and every speck of dust and creature and plant on this planet are, literally, pieces of Sol and so a part of Sol. Remember this in all your actions and thoughts. A disservice to anything on this planet is a disservice and disrespecting of yourself.
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