Sometimes I think we (Pagans) forget how miraculous our current condition is. We truly are in living memory of most of us being in the “broom closet,” and there are still plenty of Pagans out there who remember the “Pagan community” in the United States as nothing more than a few isolated groups led by charismatic non-conformists. We have gone from a side-show curiosity to an international religious movement of faiths within the span of one lifetime. That is amazing. We are amazing.
It’s fine to be critical, and it’s fine to realize that the values of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, or 90s don’t line up with our values today, but we should do so with an open heart and mind. We should remember that the challenges were different, and the contexts were different, and that someday we’ll be critiqued for our failings under the lights of a different age. That’s to be expected, even encouraged, but I think it will speak well of us to remember that history and community is a process, one that changes every moment we live it.