March 21, 2009
to be an elf, and for that reason and others the elfin way
is often called the yielding path for we ever take the path of least
resistance, which puts us in harmony with our own natural tendencies
as well as the laws of Nature. We are inclined toward a life of
ease, and even when we work we endeavor to do so with as much grace
and joy as possible, making all things, in as much as possible,
a delight to us.
Yet, though our path to us seems quite simple and easy to understand,
those who try to view us from the outside often find our philosophies
quite difficult, if not altogether incomprehensible. They see us
as being fundamentally inscrutable and soon give up trying to make
sense of what seems to them to be just craziness, although, in fact,
we are really the most logical and reasonable of people.
The curious thing is that those most likely to think us crazy are
the ones who tell us that war is part of human nature and never
will be eliminated, and that their God is a loving tyrant who tortures
people for eternity if they do not profess a belief in him and other
such lunatic gibberish. We realize that for most folks these opinions
stem from a tendency to unreflectively accept whatever theyve
been told, but it is not our intention to go into all that here
Rather, we are here for our kindred, particularly for those newly
awakened who are still trying to sort though the various stories
and tales to understand what is truly elfin and what are the uniformed
musings of those who have never actually been among us, nor in most
cases even believe we really exist.
Often our kindred come to us for advice and guidance in finding
their true selves. But what do we really have to tell them?
We have neither dogma nor doctrine. We have no charismatic leaders,
or actually we have a good deal of charisma but no leaders, or more
precisely we are all charismatic leaders and what we are really
lacking (although we dont want nor miss them) are followers.
Neither do we have any rules.
Although if we did have rules they would be these: 1. Always be
courteous, and 2. Whenever it is possible and safe to do so, be
kind! These two will get an elf (and most other folk) though most
of what is encountered in life. And if you add to these the admonition
to do the aforementioned with as much elegance, grace and aplomb
as possible you have most of what constitutes the elven way.
Usually when our kindred come to us for specifics the most precise
we can be is to say, Think for yourself, or Trust
your feelings, or Do what you feel is best for you without
hurting others, and while these seem imprecise they are a
genuine reflection of elfin thought. Take elfin fashion. Many of
us tend to wear various costumes reminiscent of the Lord of the
Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Vampire Lestat, or Underworld,
and people often think weve just come from or are heading
to a renaissance fair. At the same time some of us could be dressed
in such costumes while others are wearing business suits and this
works perfectly for us. In fact, elves are encouraged to wear whatever
feels best to them and we suggest others do the same. Thus among
the elfin one tends to find not a uniformity of fashion but an incredible
motley variety of costume, and that suits us just fine. If it suits
you as well, you may be one of us.
nesidas mellun vari te (In shimmering starlight ever be),
The Silver Elves