If Polytheism is to mean anything at all, if it is to have any lasting impact, then it must motivate us to engage with the world around us. Polytheism, beyond our individual theologies and traditions, insists that we recognize difference as a fundamental and necessary feature of the world. Polytheism is not merely a set of beliefs and doctrines. It is a way of being in the world.
Our polytheism must not be something we do in the privacy of our own bedrooms but something that infuses the whole of our beings, the whole of our lives. We must live our lives as the fullest expression of our faith. Even if we are not able to publicly express our faith, we are still responsible for our actions and the content of our hearts.
I have spoken previously about the importance of conflict. How we react to the challenges we face informs our character and gives our lives meaning. We cannot afford to turn away in the face of conflict and difficulty. We must have the resolve to confront and work through it. We must recognize and utilize our strengths. Only then are we truly living up to the promise of our faith.
Our polytheism should drive us to recognize that we are part of a network, a community. We are responsible not only for ourselves, but for the effect we have on the world, on the beings around us. Whatever we are, we are in relation. Our communities are our strength. Now, more than ever, we must not forget our roles in building and maintaining community. We must work together however we can.
We are all unique, and we all must bring our own particular skills and powers to bear. Each of us must respond to the call to action as best we can, utilizing our own unique talents, working as only we can. Remember: we are not alone. We are stronger together.