Well, I’d wager that each Kemetic is different behind the why. We’ve sorta talked about it over on KRT- talking about how people have gotten into Kemeticism, or how they live it or how it effects their lives- and that may be useful to round out the reasons behind why we all practice.
Like with most things geared towards this, I don’t feel like my story is very interesting or helpful or inspiring or anything like that. I practice Kemeticism because it fits my worldview. It’s really that simple. I never went looking for religion in any real way, but then Set showed up and said “I have shit for you to do” and I did it because idk why. I guess I felt compelled to. The work I do helps me to feel less like shit, and helps with my own mental health, so that’s probably why I continue with it, even though there are days when I want to throw in the towel and disappear.
It’s really got very little to do with the structure of the religion- I’d have to focus on balance and self care with or without couching them in the concept of ma’at. My body is slowly dieing with me still in it, and I don’t need religion to teach me that I need to put myself as a priority in order to prolong my life or make my existence less painful. However, Kemeticism does offer a nice structure to wrap that in, and so I do. But again, if I didn’t have Kemeticism here- I’d probably still be doing a lot of what I already do, because that’s just how I roll. Or something.
When comparing Christianity and Kemeticism as a whole, I want Kemeticism to be something that people want in their lives. I don’t want to be like a lot of people I’ve met who
are Christian purely out of convenience or fear. To me, having people
stay in your religions because they fear some horrible afterlife or a
god spiting them isn’t healthy for the person or the religious
community. It doesn’t make people want to engage in the religion or
anything tied to it. So honestly, I’d rather focus on how to make
everyone happier and healthier- because the happier and healthier you
are, the more likely you are to want to stick around. This is also why I
focus on community as I do- because it’s necessary for the religion to
I personally don’t think that there are many hard set morals with Kemeticism. I think many people like to fit a moral or ethics systems into Kemeticism- and they can if they like. But I don’t know that we’ve ever really been able to boil down a solid set of “this is how the Egyptians thought people should act”. I say that because much like our modern society- we have things that we consider “ethical”, and then 90% of the people in our society do things that blatantly ignores those ethics. And Egypt was no better. That’s why I often like to say the most important thing is balance, ma’at and not being a dick- because they are structured enough for people to work with, but they are open enough for people to interpret however they want. Because let’s be honest- what is dickish to one person isn’t dickish to another. And the same goes with balance and respect. But at the same time, it’s better than nothing at all and it gives us a starting point for discussion and figuring this stuff out.
Forgiveness is actually on my list of things to write about one day. I know a lot of Christians I’ve met push people to forgive and forget, but honestly I find that mentality very damaging to anyone who has been the victim of abuse. I’ve also found like in my paragraph above- many people like to lecture people about forgiving and forgetting, but rarely do that when the shoes are on their own feet. So I think forgiveness has a place, but I find that healing is more important than forgiveness. There are certain things that people have done to me that I’ll never be able to forgive plain and simple. What’s more important is learning to live with what has happened to me (and others), and learning to not let it have complete control over my life. Again, circling back around to self care and ma’at- doing what you need to do in order to be happy and healthy. That’s more important, imo, than forgiving people just for the sake of their (and other’s) comfort.
And I guess I should add that I don’t consider forgiveness a moral. I really don’t. So there’s that.
As for the afterlife- meh. It is what it is, but it’s not the be all and the end all of the religion. I personally don’t think that Christians focus on the afterlife very much- otherwise our culture wouldn’t be so death-phobic. If anything, I’d like to see our society (and Kemeticism with it) being more open about death and death practices. I think the fact that we’re not planning our mortuary complexes and reading the BotD shouldn’t be conflated with “no discussion of the afterlife”. I just think that in all of the material to cover about Kemeticism, it’s not the first thing people jump to. I personally focus a lot on the afterlife, and the entities that live in afterlife planes. I just don’t talk about it a lot because it’s not really something that’s easy to break down into useful stuff for other people (90% of what I write about is written to help others- there are a lot of topics I don’t write about because people rarely bother reading things that can’t be applied to their lives). Also, KRT has discussed that as well.
I also don’t think the afterlife deals with morals. I mean, I guess it does in that you only get the “happy afterlife” if you’re a good person. But I don’t think that’s why you should be a good person. You should be a good person because it’s the right thing to do- not because of some possible reward after you die.
So, uh, yeah. Have a book I guess?