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By John Beckett

When I was in college I lived in a fraternity house with a ping pong table on the front porch. We played a lot – sometimes regular games and sometimes beer pong. When I moved in I could barely play; by the time I was a senior nobody could beat me. I thought I was pretty good, so I went up to the student center and entered a tournament with a lot of guys from Taiwan and Malaysia who held their paddles funny and stood way back from the table. Turns out I wasn’t as good as I thought I was.

Religion, spirituality and magic aren’t competitive sports. But if they’re really important to you the question constantly arises: how am I doing? We have the stories of our gods and heroes, but while they can inspire us we know we are mortal – we can’t measure ourselves against Lugh or CúChulainn or even Arthur. It’s easy to look at your local situation and your on-line friends and decide that what you’re doing now is great and you don’t need to do anything differently.

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