Hint: the following meme does. The entire Faery Realm reiterates — again — “We have nothing to do with any of this!” Fairy tales and myths do not mean “un-Truth.” On the contrary, fairy tales and myths represent some of the greatest repositories of Ancient Wisdom remaining in our culture. This meme has grown beyond tiresome and is yet another symptom of a culture so diluted and deluded that up is down and in is out. The fact that people believe in the US economy and Obamacare but not in fairy tales or myths speaks volumes. And those volumes do not contain many compliments.
And many, many more where those headlines came from…
If that’s what this culture thinks of fairy tales and the Faery Realm, no wonder we’ve got issues! I’m reposting my intro to an article that explores Icelanders’ very common belief in elves. I always lose a few subscribers when I post about the Faery Realm, but before anyone considers Icelanders (or me) crazy for believing in elves, consider this:
Instead of bailing out the very banksters who orchestrated the 2008 housing crisis, Icelanders dismantled their corrupt government and arrested the Rothschild bankers. They refused to pay debt from banksters’ reckless risk taking. In the US, by contrast, we bailed out the gangster-banksters, allowed them to Pass Go and collect huge multi-million dollar bonuses, and then … when we learned they were rigging rates and laundering drug money, our “sane” culture decided that banks were “too big to fail and too big to jail.”
In contrast to the exponentially increasing assault on the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the decreasing freedom of the press in the US, look what Icelanders did:
“Interpol, meanwhile, had issued an international arrest warrant against Sigurdur Einarsson, former president of one of the banks. This situation led scared bankers and executives to leave the country en masse.
“In this context of crisis, an assembly was elected to draft a new constitution that would reflect the lessons learned and replace the current one, inspired by the Danish constitution.
“To do this, instead of calling experts and politicians, Iceland decided to appeal directly to the people, after all they have sovereign power over the law. More than 500 Icelanders presented themselves as candidates to participate in this exercise in direct democracy and write a new constitution. 25 of them, without party affiliations, including lawyers, students, journalists, farmers and trade union representatives were elected.
“Among other developments, this constitution will call for the protection, like no other, of freedom of information and expression in the so-called Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, in a bill that aims to make the country a safe haven for investigative journalism and freedom of information, where sources, journalists and Internet providers that host news reporting are protected.
“The people, for once, will decide the future of the country while bankers and politicians witness the transformation of a nation from the sidelines.” (source)
Soooo, when you ponder elves and the Faery Realm and feel tempted to consider believers a little kooky or crazy, consider what passes for “normal” and “sane” in this world. Personally, I’ll continue to work with the Faery Realm. I’ll choose a reverence for Nature over drones any day. The Faery Rule, “Respect, not Control” works for me, and imho, lands with higher belief in Nature Spirits and the Faery Realm produce saner policies and superior results!
See also faery-friendly Ireland calling out war criminals and hypocrites.
“We call them faerie. We don’t believe in them. Our loss.” ~Charles de Lint
“The fairies went from the world, dear,
Because men’s hearts grew cold:
And only the eyes of children see
What is hidden from the old…”
“It had to do with the knowledge that the world was as it was because of what men believed it was… year by year, these past three or four generations, the minds of men had been hardened to believing that there was one God, one world, one way of describing reality, and that all things which intruded on the realm of that great one-ness must be evil and of the fiends [or ridiculous], and that the sound of the bells and the shadow of their holy places [or war drums and news propaganda] would keep the evil afar. And as more and more people believed this, it was so, and Avalon no more than a dream adrift in an almost inaccessible other world.” ~Marion Zimmer Bradley, “The Mists of Avalon”