Dedicant's Path, Religious

Piety

The quality or state of being pious: such as, fidelity to natural obligations, or a dutifulness in religion.

~Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

A simple explanation of piety is that it is the expression of dedication, or devotion, through actions.  This explanation is largely a reflection the ADF Dedicant’s Handbook definition of piety which states that piety is, “correct observance of ritual and social traditions, the maintenance of the agreements (both personal and societal) we humans have with the Gods and Spirits. Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty.”  The simple explanation, however, is not a complete explanation of piety.  It is doubtful, after all, that the Gods or Spirits are particularly interested in rituals carried out by bored, resentful participants who would rather be playing an escapist video game. Continue reading

Dedicant's Path, Religious

Wisdom

“Wisdom [noun] quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise.”

~The Oxford Living Dictionary

There are many different definitions for the word wisdom; each dictionary explains the word with slight variations on a theme.  In the end, however, a pattern emerges and it becomes clear that for the most part the sources agree that wisdom consists of three elements; knowledge, experience, and judgement.  Hence, according to the dictionaries, a person who is wise possesses raw knowledge, real world experience, and finally the ability to apply their knowledge and experience correctly. Continue reading