Friday, January 6, 2012

Three-Fold Law

Way back in October I did a rambling little post about my thoughts on the Wiccan Rede and Rule of Three. While I know that was some time ago, sometimes it takes me a little while to organize my thoughts properly in a way that makes sense. So here's another whack at explaining what I believe about the subject.

Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people all the time. Luck is luck and it can't be controlled. Sometimes it's positive, sometimes it's negative, and it really doesn't base itself on whether or not your a nice person. There is no cosmic checks and balances system making sure good people are always rewarded and bad people are always punished.

However, you still need to be aware and take responsibility for your own actions. Everything you do, good or bad sets in motion a series of reactions. If you treat someone poorly, it's not a big stretch of the imagination to understand they won't hesitate to treat you poorly in return. If you treat someone with courtesy and respect it's not unreasonable to expect the same treatment from them. Although as everyone is different and lends their own personal scope to every situation you can't 100% anticipate someones reaction to your actions, thus adding in the luck factor.

Now obviously this is rationale that can lend itself to every facet of life, not just personal relationships, and it makes sense to assume that people who make good decisions have more opportunity for good things to happen whilst people who make poor decisions are more likely to have those decisions negatively impact their life.

I've heard it said and I very much agree that Paganism is a thinking persons religion. You have to be responsible for your own behavior. Regardless of whether or not you are rewarded you should simply try and do the right thing, because it is the right thing. Even so, good people will falter from time to time and it may seem; due to their own sense of guilt; that the world is heaping punishment upon them, but it's not some unwritten cosmic fact. It's just the ebb and flow of life.

I hope if anyone is struggling with the ideology of the Rule of Three and Harm None this will help a little, and I hope it was a little more clear than last time.

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