posted on Oct, 27 2008 @ 09:19 PM
I appreciate the replies. I was just searching the internet on the topic of "Why Asatru?" and I stumbled across a post that, quite frankly, move me
to tears. I would like to share it with everyone, with all due credit to the original poster, John_T_Mainer on beleifnet forums.
"There was a time a long time ago when I thought the disperate parts of myself were at war with each other: poet, scholar, warrior. I feared the
berserk rage within, felt the poet was somehow not masculine, and the scholars hunger seemed at odds with the need to act.
It was then that I was found. Odin found me. Odin taught me that all the disperate parts were one whole, as the many bars of a patten welded sword.
Their individual strengths hammered into one cohesive and unbreakable whole by the unifying purpose of duty. Odin taught me that duty.
Why Asatru? Why accept my responsibility to myself, to my kindred, to my community, my nation, my world? Why accept my linkage with, and duty to all
of my sacred ancestors from the beginning, down to the last of my decendants as yet unborn? Why accept the wonder and joy of every new day, every new
challenge, every new trial with the mad laughter of the storm, and the eternal patience of the ice?
I suppose I could close my eyes to the struggles of those around me, the heroism of the thousands who choose to embrace their challenges and rise to
meet them. I could close my ears to the spirits of my hearth and home, field and forest, stream and sea.
I could let the problems of today pass me by, avert my gaze, and pray another will face them for me. I could let those whom I care about go down into
the dark unresisting.
I could, but I am Asatru, so I won't.
I will face my challenges with a grin, accept nothing less than victory until death, and face my gods and ancestors secure in the knowledge that I
made the most of the life they gave to me, and that my children and neighbors will face less danger and strife for my efforts.
It is enough"
I cannot begin to describe just how this touched me, yet I began weeping not even halfway though this. Anyone else feel that this is quite
btw: Should I post the link to that post? Just curious as to the preferred method of doing things around here. Thanks!