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Steven Todd

"Making the Argument for Polytheism"

Sun Prairie, WI, USA
male, age 60
single, 3 children
Speaks: English, German
Joined Jun 16, 2006
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Charity Starts at Home
Much as I sympathize with the plight of people in the developing nations (and make no mistake, I do) I feel that not enough attention is given to our own people. We daily go without basic medical care because of lack of health insurance to a degree that is shocking to our Canadian neighbors and to Western Europeans. My son suffers from a rare disease, Type III Gaucher, which is almost unknown - to the extent that only some 2500 people are listed on the National Gaucher Registry. Worse, Type III is less publicized than the almost unknown Type I, and moreover, is terminal, killing its victims by the time they are 40-50. His weekly visits are $2,500 each, excluding clinic costs and his care consumes half the household income, even with what passes for insurance coverage in this country. As a consequence, I would like to see more attention paid to the plight of Americans, men, women and children, before we bankrupt ourselves and our government helping the needy oversees. Charity, as they say, starts at home, and community must be more important and take higher priority than those outside. This is not only a Heathen tenant - the Innangarthr (ON - Innangarðr) or community vs. the utangarthr (ON - Utangarðr) or "wilds" - it is, I think, basic common sense.
 
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Groups Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Electing Pro-Wildlife Leaders, Greenpeace, National Audubon Society, Pagans, Roadless Area Activist Network
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Homepage http://http://alheithinn.blogspot.com/  
Birthday Feb 10, 1957  
Languages English, German  
About Me I am a Heathen. That is, I worship the Gods of my Norse ancestors. I would say that I am a pantheist were I to use the definition toleration of worship of all Gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire) because I certainly do not think my Gods are mere forces of nature, nor are they Jungian archetypes.
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Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Wiccan/Pagan/Druid  
Eating Habits Keep it Healthy  
Wild Fact About Me I was born in Morocco
My Philosophy I am constantly learning, constantly learning new things. I have two main mottos: "Know Thyself" and "A mistake made yesterday does not obligate me to repeat it today" - oh, and one more: "If a million men do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing"
What Gives Me Hope The innate goodness of people
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by If I were President my first act would be to suspend the NAFTA because it is not about free trade (which is inarguably better for everyone) but about beggering the United States to the benefit of its trading partners. NAFTA makes a Viking raid look like a boyscout outting.
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Role Models The Emperor Julian, who saw what must be done and did his be, George Armstrong Custer, who showed at the Little Bighorn that yo  
Quotation "I"m the decider" (I still haven't stopped laughing)
Interests History, philosophy, music, reading, writing  
Books  
Music Evanescence, Rammstein, The Wreckers, Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Bon Jovi, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Toat the Wet Sprocket, Sara Evans  
Movies Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, Kingdom of Heaven, The Alamo, Master and Commander, The Day After Tomorrow, Lord of the Rings  
TV Shows 24, The Unit, The Colbert Report, The John Stewart Show  
Favorite Foods I've never seen anything wrong with Amer  
Favorite Places Anywhere I can't see a car or a highway , the Badlands of SD, the Beartooth Mountains, Yellowstone  
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    Mar 18, 2008 5:15 AM

    Steven T. (3)

    I've known Heathens who took exception to the idea and who argue that it should never be categorically stated that he is. It is true that as Simek says, Loki is a God without a function and the surest sign of worship, place-names based on his name, do not exist. Then too Loki has the misfortune of having more of a "negative character" as Simek says, being that he is the father of the Midgard serpent, the Fenris wolf and Hel (keeping in mind Hel may not be a Goddess from the pre-Christian era but a later personification of a place) but at the same time he is a companion of the Gods and helps them out. In the myths, Loki stands against the Gods at Ragnrok and he and Heimdall (the guardian of the Bifrost Bridge) kill each other. In the end I don't think it matters if people include Loki as a God (what can it hurt?) though I'm not sure what you'd pray for him to do. Thor protect me! Odin grant me strength! (or wisdom) Loki....what?


    Mar 17, 2008 8:58 PM

    Chell T. (12)

    Say, that's interesting, what you started at wikispaces.com. OK, so I'm going to publicly look like an idiot, and ask, why is it questioned whether or not Loki is a God?


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