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PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

PHILOSOPHY BY REGION

BRUCE FERGUSON'S

PROJECTS

​Where the Rivers Meet (WTRM) Website

BACKGROUND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF IRISH PHILOSOPHY

Metaphysics, Cosmology, Spirituality Influences

Literature's philosophy

IRISH INDIGENOUS EXPRESSION

(Gaelic, Celtic, Picts)

“Defending the Transcendental Attitude”

OUR FAMILY (1960')

MY GRANDFATHER'S FAMILY - GREAT AUNTS AND UNCLES

PATERNAL GRANPARENTS

White people and "Indigeneity"


What is going on? You'd think after all these years of effort there would be improvement. But it seems every year we get a new batch of white noobs jumping on the ridiculous, offensive,  "Become Indigenous" bandwagon.

Look, of course "Indigenous" sounds weightier and more credible than "pagan" or "polytheist" or "animist" (or what the people doing this really are: Newagers).  Of course the terms in our own languages are hard for outsiders to understand. You know what? Too bad.

Colonizing Indigenous identity is racist. (click to link to article)

Anyone can connect with the Earth. We all have ancestors who sang to the spirits and felt the power in the land. But we aren't them.

Yes, many of us follow revived traditions in the diaspora. But we have only been able to do that after several decades of hard work at that revival and reconstruction. We are in no way the same as people indigenous to a landbase who did not go through hundreds (if not millenia) of cultural disruption the way the European ancestors did. 

Those of us who are born from colonizers, or who have even gone so far as to colonize traditional communities, Are. Not. Indigenous. Our religions, no matter how animistic, polytheistic, and earth-honouring, are not Indigenous, either. 

As someone committed to preserving the ways of my ancestors*, who has taken the message of finding my own roots to heart, it angers and disturbs me to no end to see white nuagers plagiarizing our hard work and trying to use it to hide the fact that they are pretendians. (And thieves.)

So, for the record: Síla na Géige. 
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MONTH OF MARCH - DEDICATED TO THE IRISH


The purpose of this page is to explore the similarities both in culture, philosophical outlooks, spriitual eco-centricism that the Irish people share with indigenous peoples' in the Americas.


Over the years I have made many friends of Irish ancestry and while I do get confused about the subtleties between Irish and Scottish Gaelic, the Picts, the Celtics, the English in all this history a number of things have been made clear to me.  


I have been able to gather that prior to arrival of Christianity the Irish were pagans, Druids, etc., and some form of that has remained to this day.  When it became evident to the Irish that Christianity was there to stay, the adapted it to include elements of pre-Christian spirituality.  Elements of the mass (i.e. involvement of all the people - male and female, children and adults - representative objects on the altar like pebbles, etc.) that had a history with the pre-Christian belief systems were absorbed in Irish Catholic expressions.  Also, the names of the saints were anchored in re-naming Irish gods and goddesses.  How the Irish adapt without loosing their basis, their self-identity, eco-centrism and so forth is a gift that I think our people can learn from.  I do believe that as Indigenous peoples who have struggled for the right to be ourselves, we are kindred spirits to a people who have faced the struggle to survive for a lot longer than 500 years.   


As the article on the left of this screen (Amhran nam Bandia) indicates the Irish know their own roots of earth based spirituality; yes they do have an incredible amount to share, but the Irish equally do not want to appropriate indigenous realities out of respect for land based indigenous peoples.   These form the some of the traditions of the Irish; at the least the express the little I know about Irish/Celtic heritage, history, adaptation and spiritual world view.


In terms of philosophy, the Irish mind has much to offer and I hope this month of the Irish I am able to document more of the Irish philosophical work being done to describe the identity and nature of the Irish mind. 

Why Phenomenology Cannot be Naturalised

NOTE:  My last name is FERGUSON - Ok, and my first name is BRUCE.  Celtic enough:)


My father's family came from western Scotland in the 1840s, moved to Listwell, Ontario, then moved to Chicago for brick building contracts and then Victoria, BC in the 1890s.