I've seen some trending attitudes of people and I think there's a laundry list of reasons that are just wrong when it comes to being a pagan. Basically, why are you here? What reasons are you a pagan or whatever label you give yourself? What do you think are the wrong reasons to be what you call yourself? (Don't copy/paste my questions, I want your rhetoric to flow naturally.)
One of the worst reasons I've seen is people coming to be pagans (Or any pagan religion there of.) because they hate Christianity or anything Christian and want to "stab it" by being rebellious. This is under the assumption once one "switches teams" that s/he will be in a new group and anything Christian belongs in the opposing group that everyone takes turns bashing. Adding on that "OMG this holiday/belief was ours before it was yours!". Religion is not a sports team.
Your pagan ancestors, most likely, were not even the same religion you are. [You may worship the same gods, however.] You are certainly not practicing exactly the way your ancestors did. Even reconstructionism is a modern pagan movement and differs greatly from the days of before. You simply cannot be the same as them and most of you don't even live in the same geographic location as your ancestors. To make this position that because you choose the pre-existing idea over the modern Christian doesn't give you the authority to go around pushing people around with it as if you lived in those times nor make you superior. It makes you an ass to even think so. Also, most Christians don't give a rat's ass that you're not one.
Posers, every group or umbrella term has them. There seems to be a lot of hosh posh where people just become pagans to be like a hippie, love, light, express themselves and most of all, wear fairy wings. OK, well that's all well and good. But you need to do it for yourself and becoming a pagan does not make you free to express yourself. (Weren't you?) You were that way before. How does being a pagan change that? If you're here just to play in your fantasy, then why are you a pagan?
Becoming a pagan to make yourself feel important is another one. Claiming that Wicca or Feng Shui is anything you want it to be is a gross oversimplification. There are pagan religions that are closed groups and no one becomes a master overnight because they willed it and are self claimed. Some require years of training to master. I am not magically a Shaolin Temple Monk trained in the art of Kung Fu because I wanted to be so I made myself one. I am not even at a Shaolin temple! If you have to say Wicca or Feng Shui is anything you want it to be to justify your eclecticism or actions, you really need to find a new hobby because that's not Wicca or Feng Shui. That's New Age.
Being a pagan, likewise does not mean that everyone accepts you for who you are and never questions anything. As a human being, you are scrutiny for anything you say, do, or post. If you have a problem with people doing this is in social settings, because believe me, you will find these people, then don't socialize. Become a hermit and shun technology by living under a rock, otherwise you will be continuing the socialization process your entire life and you should have already learned the skills to back up what you do or say. The reason for this is because, people do, indeed lie and everybody lies. So, yeah. I think it's obvious why no one should ever be as naive to take everything at face value. Welcome to the jungle. (There is no reason I should have to tell grown adults this.)
These are some of the reasons I can think of off the top of my head... I am sure some of the other peeps will add the ones I forgot.
Btw, if anyone became a pagan for the reasons listed above I would love to see your rebuttal to this or defense for why it is not wrong.
Do you think there will people who didn't pay attention and just copy/paste the questions mindlessly? XD
The bigotry is mostly my issue. What I meant by the fantasy aspect is the people who do it, claim it's thousands of years old, and tack the Romanticism stuff. Is it alright with me that people make a religion like they did with Lovecraft? Sure. Try to confirm that this is everyone's reality and it's ancient therefore valid? Yeaaaaaah, no.
That's how I feel occult means. It was hard for me to explain this to someone who has never had the background before. I think you put it in better words than I did.
I would go out a limb and say everyone has been persecuted for something in their life for one reason or another. It's common human behavior.
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I have succeeded!
->Becoming a pagan to make yourself feel important is another one.
Peeves me the most. I prefer feeling important with more tangible stuff, alternatively something really risky (jackass meets grizzly style).
I do not have anything to say for now, your OP features a lot of sentiments that had all been at least 1 discussion each in the past, but I realise I am of a minority with my memory skillz.