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I just read a post that called the Morrigan a psychopath.
I really wish I was making that up, but I’m not.
Even Alexi Kondratiev would on occasion try to explain why it is a bad idea to “invite them into your home”, his term was “psychopath”.
Of course, we can’t ask Alexei if he actually said that, as he’s dead now. Regardless if he actually said it, it’s clearly meant by the author of this blog post: Morrigan (or “Morrigna” referring to the various deities associated with tM) is a psychopath.
This isn’t even the only issue with the blog post. He talks about how he’s not trying to negate anyone’s experiences, and then mentions how he spent time trying to convince people to think like he does. He’s apparently a recon-type but cherry-picks the lore to a point where eclectics are giving him some serious fucking side-eye. He talks about the atrocities of war from the point of view of someone who knew folks who went off to war and came back injured– and then neatly turns the blame around to land on the Morrigan’s shoulders, sidestepping the idea that his buddies likely committed atrocities. Because there’s nothing like blaming a goddess of sovereignty for human actions during war. He says he doesn’t want to tread on any toes, that his rule is “not in my house” — but says that the creation of a temple for Morrigan followers at a large neopagan gathering “scares him a little”. So apparently “his house” includes places for the general pagan public? I’m not allowed to attend gatherings of other Morrigan devotees because he has an issue with Her. What a fucking charming notion.
He says he’s not making a judgement of people who believe differently, but then calls the Morrigan A FUCKING PSYCHOPATH.
Do you even know what that word means, dude? I’m guessing you don’t, because if you did, you wouldn’t be tossing it around so casually.
I mean, right, Morrigan is totally a psychopath! Remember that time She ripped off An Dagda’s head because He wanted Her to confirm His kingship? OH WAIT, YOU DON’T? BECAUSE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN? Oh, ok, well…how about the time She gave Cuhulain absolutely zero chances to acknowledge Her as sovereignty goddess and instead just tortured everyone he loved for years and years and years before finally driving him to suicide? THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN EITHER? WHAAAAT? Ooooh, I know — that time She washed the clothing of EVERYONE IN THE WORLD before a battle, because it’s not enough that some must die — all must die to slake Her bloodlust! WAIT, ANOTHER THING I COMPLETELY MADE UP? WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?
A psychopath (or sociopath) is devoid. of. empathy. They have a sense of superiority — they believe themselves above others. They view people as their property. People aren’t subjects, to the psychopath — they are objects. You are either useful to the psychopath or you are not. If you cross a psychopath, you are in danger. Above all, they are charming — so charming that once you see their rotted underbelly, once you see the terrible truth, no one else will believe you. “I can’t believe it. He’s just so nice.”
How do I know? Well, I was sort of raised by one. My father is a sociopath, borderline-psychopath. I have nightmares about him killing my mother. He abused us both for decades; he almost killed me when I was a child on a few occasions. He is a dangerous person who has no degree of feeling for his fellow human being. Everything is about him.
I know psychopathy. When you spend your life wondering if you’re a bad seed, clawing at your skin to rip his DNA out of you, you can’t help but know it. You can’t run away. It is always there, a brutal fact of your life: you were raised by a psychopath and every time you are a little bit like him, you wonder if you should kill yourself before you hurt your loved ones.
(Obviously, I am not a psychopath, simply because I am having those feelings — but I do act like him sometimes, I do have psychopathic tendencies. It scares me half to death.)
Do you really think I would have anything to do with the Morrigan if I thought that definition fit Her?
Short answer: I wouldn’t. The Morrigan might not be hand-holding or nice but She is not devoid of empathy; She does not have a sense of superiority over all other beings. She’s certainly not charming — She is blunt and to the point and if you don’t like what She has to say you can get the fuck out. Honey badger don’t care. Honey badger don’t give a fuck. That is basically the complete OPPOSITE of a psychopath.
But why learn the meanings of words when we can just spew hate at a goddess we’ve chosen to completely misunderstand? Not to mention Her followers. Apparently I’m in danger of losing my life in a horrible way!
As it is, I know some very nice people who worship one or more of the Morrígna and none of them have died a horrible death…yet.
No, wait, I’m not. Because why the fuck would the Morrigan put so much work into me so I can do Her Work and then just KILL ME OFF? IT WOULD BE A DUMB MOVE AND MY LADY IS NOT IMPRACTICAL.
I’m not a recon. I’m nowhere near close to recon. How the fuck do I know more about the lore than you do, dude? Is it because I care about not vilely misrepresenting deities? Is it because I think cherry-picking is a dick move? It is because I’m able to interpret what I read instead of taking everything literally/at face value?
You know what this post was? A shitty, shitty attempt at theodicy — an attempt to explain why bad things happen to good people. His answer is apparently “the Morrigan” and no other deity involved with war in any way whatsoever, because then he’d have to stop worshiping most of the Irish pantheon. (What the fuck do you think Brighid is making in Her forge? POTTERY?)
Let me tell you why bad things happen to good people. There are two answers. a: KYRIARCHY, MOSTLY. b: life is a random bag of crap.
Oh, also — people use the wrong words and it causes an imbalance in the wibbly-wobbly spacey-wacey timey-wimey continuum, and then shit goes sideways. Stop misusing words, people, and you’ll make the world a better place.
Especially the word “psychopath.” Learn it or get the fuck out.