The Threefold law is something that is intrinsic to Wicca. We all know and have alluded to it's similarity with Christianity's Golden Rule, and while it is different, I think that a normal person's reaction to it is about the same.
They ignore it.
As modern people, we need to do more than just take what works for us and toss the rest to the side. The easier path is just that, easier. The worthwhile path is always the hardest.
All of us want to believe we stand for truth and honor. The Threefold law goes hand in hand with Harming None, and most of us believe in it. But how many of is truly live it?
I started thinking of this yesterday, as we limped my injured knee to the store to get a few groceries and some prescription meds. We were walking by the meat counter, because Sean always wants to check out the competition. There were a bunch of steaks in the counter...I mean, meat looks like meat to me, but Sean said that they weren't what they were labeled as, and they were priced wrong. WAY wrong, like the store would lose 3$ a pound if they sold them that way.
Sean is still learning about Wicca. He only became interested in it when we started dating, and I was explaining my beliefs to him. His response to what I told him? "Wow, that sounds what like I believe except without the fancy words!" He asked to point out specific things when they came up, because he finds that is the best way to make things stick in his head. While he has read a lot, there is nothing like hands on experience.
So when he was about to walk away from the meat counter yesterday, I asked him, "Aren't you going to tell them?"
"Tell them what?"
"Umm, about the meat being the wrong price?"
"Well, I guess...but that takes effort."
Like most of us, we want to take the easiest path. No one is free from it. We all do it. I've no issue admitting that I do it also. But when certain things could truly harm someone, you have to look at the ripples that one decision would make. What if these things kept being labeled incorrectly? What if so much money was eventually lost that someone lost their job? Are these things likely to happen? No, but they could.
At Sean's work they are all about numbers. If the numbers come back good next month, Sean gets a raise. So I asked Sean, "What will it do to their numbers? What would you want someone to do?"
So he did go and tell them, and they thanked him profusely.
The right thing is not always the easiest thing, and I think that is the main point behind how the threefold law works. If we do nothing, we get nothing in return. But if we expend the energy to do something good for other people, we get more of that energy in return. Call it a karmic tithe.
I know for a fact that I don't live the Threefold Law as often as I should, or would like to. But I am working on it, and moving forward. Isn't that what life is all about?
What do you believe about the threefold law? Do you live it as often as you should?
Also, thanks for the well wishes from yesterday, everyone! I'm still feeling a little sick, and my knee is still sore, but I can *almost* walk normally on it again.