Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Quote for the Day

From a BBC piece on the big Viking meet-up at Wolin in Poland, organized by an international group called the Jomsborg Vikings:
The true Viking message, which the Jomsborg Vikings try to promote, is one of tolerance and diversity.

1 comment:

G. Verloren said...

This is one of the problems with borrowing names and identities from the past, and reimagining what they mean or refer to.

Modern "Paganism" is nothing like actual Paganism was; modern "Vikings" are just geeks who want an excuse to wear medieval style outfits and carry replica weapons around on a regular basis; modern "terrorism" has been reduced to a meaningless term applicable to almost anything that frightens people; et cetera.

It's ultimately pretty harmless, though. These are just historical enthusiasts who are using their shared passion to find comraderie and have fun. It's silly and insignificant, but it hurts no one, so who cares if it makes for absurd pull quotes in news stories?