The seventh and last point of the Seren Derwydd is "Delfrydwr" – Idealism. In Western Philosophy, Idealism is a theory that states that the ultimate nature of reality is based on mind or ideas. It holds that the so-called external or "real world" is inseparable from mind, consciousness, or perception. However, the Welsh word, “delfrydwr” refers more to the dynamic consciousness of living beings that emanates from the Gods themselves; from the Awen.
In this way we are looking at the world through the eyes of the Gods, and seeing not the world the way it is but a world the way it should be.
men see things as they are and say 'why?' I dream things that
never were and say “why not?”
Druids aspire to a world where hunger, homelessness, poverty, sickness, crime, and war are eradicated forever. We aspire to a world where the water is clean, the air is pure, and where all the species of the Earth live protected from the ravages of human greed. Where hunting for sport is no longer tolerated. Where logging ancient trees is a crime.
We aspire to a world where, “We no longer believe that the acquisition of wealth should be the main priority in life. We believe that our work should be for the betterment of humanity."—Jean Luc Picard
It’s a different kind of wealth we seek. An accumulation not of the material, but of knowledge, and beauty. Of appreciation for all of life and all of Nature. For the Order of the Mithril Star, these ideals are enshrined in the pledge that each new Druid takes:
dedication to the celebration of Life in its many forms, I hereby
declare my commitment to a way of life that is ethical, benevolent,
humanistic, life-affirming, ecstatic and ecologically sane. I
subscribe to means and methods that are creative rather than destructive,
tolerant rather than authoritarian, gentle rather than violent,
inclusive rather than exclusive, egalitarian rather than hierarchal.
I pledge myself to harmonious eco--psychic awareness with the
total biosphere of holy Mother Earth.
Back in the late ‘60s we idealized about a coming “Age of Aquarius,” age where peace, love, and justice are the earmarks of society:
John Lennon was an idealist who invited us to Imagine what the world could be like:
there's no Heaven
there's no countries
may say that I'm a dreamer
may say that I'm a dreamer
Oh, I can hear the naysayers, and the haters, and those who continue to profit from human suffering, and from raping the environment reject these words and scream “SOCIALISM”!!!
So? They’re not Druids. They don’t count.
At least in the ideal world, they wouldn’t. Let’s build that world. Druids can make this happen.
Next issue: I’ll summarize the seven attributes of a Druid.