Many friends in my social media networks have responded to the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad one way or another. Some responses were predictable, others surprising.
Here is mine.
The Druids of old were known for many things, three of which seem to be very relevant for this situation. One was – and that comes from their Roman and Greek contemporaries, not their own – their supreme knowledge and wisdom. Historians of antiquity even said that the Druids knew “the language of the Gods”. Another special trait of the Druids was – and I have seen that pop up frequently now in the Druid networks – that they would often enough stand between armies who had their swords drawn and spears quivering, and negotiate a truce, and therefore peace without bloodshed.
It seems to me that the Druids were pretty much peace-loving, wise, and very spiritual individuals. Druids nowadays draw their own conclusions from these old reports, and so we are promoting peace in ceremony, we fight for peace and human rights in many ways, and we adhere to the Law of the Harvest as much as we can.
I know I owe you a third characteristic of the Druids of old. This is the one I am particularly interested in under these circumstances: They were also the judges of their tribes. Their very job was not only to judge people and their behavior, but also to sometimes call for punishment.
How did they balance that with their philosophy, with their ethics, with their love for peace? And more importantly, how can you, as a Druid in the 21st century, facing terrorism as we just were exposed to in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, issue your own judgment, your verdict, all the while not forgetting that you may very well speak “the language of the Gods”?
So before applauding Governors for not letting any more Syrian refugee into their State, before calling upon everyone to love even the terrorists, let’s do something I imagine the Druids of old would have done. Let’s retire to our Sacred Groves – or comfortable armchairs – and visit those whose language we are supposedly speaking. Let’s ask the Gods what judgment would be appropriate.
Since I cannot give you an answer to this difficult question, I will do just that.
May there be peace in the North.
May there be peace in the South.
May there be peace in the West.
May there be peace in the East.
May there be peace in the whole World.