By Ryan Smith
There are many ethical and spiritual virtues in Pagan and Heathen practice. Which ones are followed are a matter of which tradition a person follows and their interpretation of its ideas. There are many options in the rich diversity of traditions in the community to choose from. In this tapestry of ideas there are many to choose from but a few are shared by many. They may have different reasons and justifications but the root idea is the same. One such precept is the virtue that calls for people to set aside personal differences in the name of the greater community. Its name is solidarity.
Solidarity is the unity between people based on common ground. It calls on us to support our friends, family, and community when they are in need however we can. It urges us to do this because they are our kin whether by blood, association, or choice. Such selfless acts are rooted in the soil of enlightened self-interest.