Some, however, including one comment( I didn't allow it on my blog ), and an e - mail I received, try to take this Germanic pride to a different level. You all know what I am talking about ! Pride in our culture should not mean hatred of other cultures ! Pride in one's folk should not result in prejudice against other people ! Faith in one's religion should not mean violence against other religions ! I have said this many times, and I will probably say it a thousand times more. " THERE IS NO HONOR IN DISHONORING OTHERS" ! Those who have re - worked the Nazi mentality into a Neo - Nazi reality are NOT Asatru, and do not follow the teachings of Odin. They are not following the Nine Noble Virtues, or the Six Fold Goals. And if you follow others who believe this blatant hatred you are absolutely not An Independent Asatruar ! Most of all you are not welcome here !
Personally my pride in the Germanic people ends in the year 1940, when the Germanic people followed Hitler down a path that killed millions of people, many of whom were innocent civilians. They called my ancestor's people, " brothers", then attacked without provocation, these wonderful peaceful people of Norway, just so they could have their strategic ports. This unforgiveable act lead to the deaths of 9, 500 Norwegians, ( a small total compared to most, mainly because their fight was so short ). Yes, my people, my Norwegian brothers and sisters, were thrown into concentration camps, tortured and killed, for doing exactly what Arminius did, protecting their country, and their folk. These same murderers are still being hailed today. What a shame !
I have heard some try to equate what the Nazi regime did in 1939 - 1945, with what the Scandinavian Vikings did in 793 - 1100. But those were different times with different dynamics. Disease ( The black plague ) lack of good farm lands, and unclear borders made conflict more common, and in some cases inevitable. Besides the Vikings did not want to wipe out their enemies, they wanted to keep going back to get more Danegeld. The Nazi regime killed out of hatred of people who were not like them, and wanted to dominate the world.
In modern times these same types of conflicts are caused by hatred, prejudice, jealousy, ideology, religion, and animosity that in some cases dates back thousands of years. This is the year 2011, when are we going to wake up and let this childish nonsense go ? Hatred of others only destroys oneself !
Pride in oneself, one's people, religion, culture, heritage, and history is a wonderful thing. Misplaced it causes only chaos and death. I want no part in the latter. Nor should anyone who considers themselves to be, "Tru", Asatruar.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !