One of the posts today used the phrase "brothers & sisters" in a religious sense. Who do you consider your brothers & sisters? All humans? All living things? People who share something with you that you hold in high esteem (your religion, political affiliation, etc.)? Only the other people born into your family? Or perhaps nobody? It is interesting to consider what compels us to feel bonded to strangers.
Answer by witchqueen at 4:32 PM on Sep. 19, 2009
Well, I guess it depends on the context of my thoughts at that moment. I of course would place a value on my flesh and blood brothers and sisters over those with a secular relationship to myself. But I do tend to call other Pagans my Brother and Sisters... To me we are of the same cloth... But in a sense I also feel that great connection between myself and others. I do tend to feel a tighter bond with those who also hold my beliefs over those that do not, but I think that is natural. In that grand scope of things I would and have used the term "Brothers & Sisters" to discuss the entirety of the human race, in other times only to address the Pagan community... I do feel that as humans we are all connected and should treat each other as family. But I feel a much closer bond to those who are most like me.
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:26 PM on Sep. 19, 2009
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Answer by nysa00 at 1:42 PM on Sep. 19, 2009
Sabrina has said it well. I would add that I also consider animals my cousins. All living beings should be treated with respect and love. I admit, I haven't always done so. We are all human after all and sometimes emotions get the better of us. You are all my sisters. Whether we agree or can get along does not matter. We still share a bond because we are human. I love you regardless of our arguments or differences.
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