Friday, February 10, 2012

Raising Caine!

I know the moment when it comes. I can feel the hackles on the back of my neck rise. My eyes narrow, the next words out of my mouth are preceded with a growling tone and they are spoken through bared teeth. This is the moment I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am about to rock the boat. Hard. If you are VERY lucky, I'll leave magic out of the picture.

There are not a lot of things that gets me all tizzied up, but these days, they seem to be pervasive and frequent occurrences. We live in this environment where we are expected to be politically correct to even the most outrageous things. It's like we are being programed to be compliant. Nothing is supposed to get heated, man that spaghetti is really gonna suck, friction is supposed to be immediately quelled and resolved in a polite manner even if the solution presented is absolutely ludicrous. We are supposed to smile and swallow that jagged little pill like it were the finest of caviar. I see this mostly exemplified from politicians, school officials, and my own teenager, who is probably responding to the environment he is steeped in at school.

So, when I see things like the following video, I let out a great HUZZAH!!!!

This is a perfectly acceptable method of raising Caine! He bought the computer, he bought the soft ware. They are his to gift or destroy as he sees fit. He probably had that eye narrowing, hackle raising, teeth baring moment before he made the decision to shoot the holy crow out of his daughter's laptop, but I think he channeled it well. I guarantee you his spaghetti is all nice and cooked! 

I think some people behave in preposterous manners because they think they can and should get away with it. I also think that the political correctness movement has done much to enable this type of behavior. They are not called up on the carpet. There are no repercussions for their actions or, even worse, rules are made to avoid reprisal for their bad behavior, look at our banking and stockmarket industries. There are things that should not be tolerated: the stoning of women for ridiculous offenses, the discrimination against and harassment of the third gender, the violation of the constitution, etc. . .  I could make a complete list, but it would be long and I would probably have a stroke just writing the darned thing.

How does this roll over into the pagan community? Well most recently there is Ginger Strivelli. I am sure, by now, most of us are familiar with the situation. She probably had that same eye narrowing experience right before she decided to rock the boat. I think that as individuals and a community if we expect to make a change, we have to be willing to raise Caine in a constructive manner and accept the fall out that it will most likely bring. This is why our parents used to say: pick your battles. I think if people responded more often to the heat that we are not supposed to feel we may actually have a better behaved society. It may cause someone to stop and think about the consequences of their words/ actions. Of course, I mean this in a constructive manner. It's okay to respond to that heat and call out the bologna for what it is. . . crap! After all, it takes a nice boiling pot of water to make any good pasta meal.

If you would like to join me in a discussion on rocking the boat, meet me in the chatroom: Not so Random Madnesses on Tues evening from 8:30-10:30pm Arizona time ( MST) on the Pagan Place network. Hope to see you there.


  1. Oh! Hell! Yes! I love this guy. I think he managed a situation without resorting to hitting his kid or scarring her for life in any manner. At this point people who are bitching about it probably just need something to bitch about. let them know that if they really want to show tier asses about the way a kid is being treated there are PLENTY of kids out there being beaten, raped, tortured, and all manner of unseemly things that could REALLY use their help. I hope to make the chat but already have another engagement that I might have to attend :(