Does Magic Make Me Special?Although nothing in particular prompted this article, I feel that it is important to address. The subject, of course, is whether or not certain groups of people are automatically special, or better than others.
With the seeming boom of accessibility to topics considered occult, many people are finding themselves in the hidden, magical subcultures. While there are some people who are a part of these subcultures for the right reasons (self-exploration and belonging, etc.), there are those who feel that it makes them somehow special, and above others. This is not isolated to the mystical subcultures, of course, but it is the type of environment that sometimes encourages the superiority complex.
Studying, and casting spells, being a Witch, an Otherkin, a Therian, a magician, and so on does not equal special. These are merely things you do, things you believe in, and what you are. They are labels, but they don't indicate whether you're a good person or not. They definitely don't indicate a higher level of intelligence, compassion, or even general skill and ability. Everyone, no matter what subculture they belong to, no matter what they identify as, has to live and survive in this world. We all have to find some way to keep a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, and clothes on our bodies. We still have to pay taxes. No government cares if you're a faery, therian, vampire, witch, etc., as long as you don't break any laws.
People, human and otherkin, are special because of who they are. Special is created by the way that you treat others, your outlook and attitude, and all of the personality traits that make up who you are. Yes, being the species/genus that you identify with is a big part of you, but it isn't all that you are. It doesn't equal special.
What does equal special is your overall character quality, and even then, not everyone gets along.
Be special, have good self-esteem, but remember that it is not because of what species you are or what your religion is, but who you are.