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« Reply #2: February 22, 2011, 04:51:39 pm »

In the US, at least, the term "holistic" by itself really has no association for the average person, not even the average Pagan. I have no idea about how the word is used/seen in the UK. I don't know if this is good or bad -- or something that would not really matter.



I'm predicting that the greater part of the response will be 'Who cares and what are you on about?', but I thought I'd borrow some space to test the water.

'Holistic', as I've found it used, carries connotations of awareness of something aside from the material and scientific and repeatable cause-effect pattern. In the UK the mind first jumps to alternative therapies and inclusive spiritualities. New-age stuff, to use another laden label.

'Pagan' (in my experience) does lead the mind to religion: depending on the mind in question, that could be anything from 'historical mythologic religion' to 'Has that King Arthur being dicking around Stonehenge again?'

In the UK at least, 'holistic' is definitely interpreted as a spiritual / lifestyle classification whereas 'Pagan' has so many facets of meaning that it is blurred into uselessness.

Sorry if I'm coming across as vague again Randall, I'm really not articulating as best I should.
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