The Black Veil – Diversity

And so continues part two of The Black Veil, if you haven’t read the first part, go here for a more thorough explanation on what The Black Veil is and what it means.

Part two is: Diversity

Our paths are many, even though the journey we are on is essentially the same. No single one of us has all the answers to who and what we are. Respect everyone’s personal views and practices. We cannot let petty differences of ideology prevent us from maintaining a unified community; there are enough who would attack us from the outside.

Our diversity is our strength. Let our differences in viewpoint enrich us but never divide us amongst ourselves.

I have no critisisms of this section, if fact, it presents a very good point.  “No single one of us has all the answers to who and what we are.” This is SO important, for many reasons.

1.  I’ve had many many people come to me, and seen even more people come to Day with questions about vampyres, vampyrism, and especially awakening.  The fact of the matter is, we know a lot about vampyrism, but not everything.  Our experiences will differ in many ways from your own.  Not everything we relay to you will apply to you.  Vampyrism is a very personal journey.  (Not even mine and Day’s was completely the same, despite how close we are.)  This doesn’t mean that you are or should be completely alone in learning about it, but never take one person’s opinion as law, take the initiative to form your own opinions, look inside yourself and at what is happening to you.  This is the most important thing you can do to learn about your own vampyrism.

2.  There are thousands of vampyres out there, and even more people that know or think they know all about vampyres.  I’ve been on forum after forum where people present information about vampyres and get beaten down by fellow posters who believe their opinions to be false.  ….Stop it.  There are always going to be people out there who know more than you, less than you, have different opinions than you, or are just plain ignorant.  Accept these for what they are, opinions.  If you think they are wrong, don’t take them to heart, or offer your own opinion if you want.  But there is no point in bashing people.  It only boils down to you putting more negative energy out into the world, and we all know we have quite enough of that going around.

3.  PHYSICAL APPEARANCE MEANS NOTHING.  This isn’t exactly what this section talks about, but it’s related.  No one has to wear all black, listen to a certain kind of music, wear eyeliner, have tattoos, etc etc to be a vampyre.  When someone dressed in pink and wearing pig tails tells you their a vampyre–they very well might be.  Vampyrism is a purely internal thing.  Business men/women can be vampyres, celebrities, even children.  Accept their opinions just as you would any other.

So, pay very close attention to this section.  Diversity and Unity ARE our power as a community, as a pretty big minority we all have to depend on eachother to learn, grow, and find solace in being different.  Thanks again to sanguinarius.org for the actual text from The Black Veil.

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