3 things all werewolves should remember
1. Views of lycanthropy change over time.
Today werewolves might be celebrated, but tomorrow they might be crucified. Never take for granted the momentary and fleeting nature of being in good graces. A few hundred years ago werewolves were synonymous with evil. Today, to some they still are, however the viewpoint for many others has changed considerably…and today there are even many that are willing to accept that there can be and are such thing as “good werewolves”. But remember, it takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch, and no matter how far the views of humans have changed, they could change back in a second.
2. It is hard to compete with the historical beliefs of a culture.
There are times when you may encounter humans or groups of humans with very negative views towards werewolves. It is important not to take these beliefs and views too much to heart. Sometimes it’s simply the fact that a group or a culture has a long-standing history in their legends and beliefs that prevent them from feeling any goodwill towards the werewolf. They’ve grown up with negative stories as part of their culture…in some places werewolves have been blamed for everything from loss of farmer’s cattle to failed crops to deadly illnesses. Trying to convince someone to have an open mind about werewolves that has heard from their parents and grandparents and friends and communities about all the negative things that werewolves are is a hard fought battle. You will get through to some, but to others you may not. Remember, not everyone can keep an open mind on something that they have never seen for themselves, but merely heard bad stories of. This cannot necessarily be blamed on the individual.
3. Do not underestimate the power of someone’s thought.
And by this I mean, if you do encounter negative views towards werewolves, don’t underestimate how those thoughts might affect you. You may believe that what someone thinks does not matter to you – and you may- and should – be right! But be sure that you haven’t internalized the negativity. Try not to take it into yourself and cover it up for it to come back later. Instead, let it go. Take the negativity, understand it, and attempt to understand the limits that the human has that made the comment. Hear what others think, then see and understand that the comment is more about them and their limits than you and your faults. Once you have addressed this, let the negativity go, don’t save it for later.