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By Sophia Kesler

My question  Since we are all part of life, and since, as a pagan, I don’t believe in the normal view of GD, and since I see the world as trashed by us, who seem to be at war with ourselves, to what may I ground my values and resultant moral decisions?  Give me the easy answer.  HA!

Thank you for your question. I will do my best to answer, but if this is insufficient, please write back, and I’ll give it another go. I would like to point out that I do not speak for all Pagans, but want to do my best to provide a general overview of Pagan beliefs and practices.

It seems as though you answered your own question in the very first phrase: you may ground your values and resultant moral decisions in the belief that we are all part of life. The Golden Rule may apply here. It appears in various forms in many religions, though one doesn’t need to follow any religion to follow the Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule can be associated with what some Pagans call the Wiccan Rede. One doesn’t need to be Wiccan to follow it. “Rede” derives from Middle English and means “advice,” so there is no hard-and-fast rule, and it is open to individual interpretation. The Rede is commonly stated as, “An ye harm none, do what ye will.” Some would add, “An ye harm some, do what ye ought.” “An,” in this context, is Middle English for “if.”

I hope this was helpful. If anyone has further questions, please let me know. Blessed Be.

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