I've learned a lot from the therians and demonkin that I've met here on Dreamwidth. There aren't a whole lot of angelkin that I've seen out there, though, so it was really interesting to read this account
by someone who just came out as one.
A lot of it probably goes against what you expect. They're an angel of death, and their concept of heaven is one without rulers or hierarchy -- that's part of what makes it heaven, for them, along with a non-euclidean geometry which makes this world (and having a set form) difficult to relate to. They also consider the furry fandom a lot more welcoming than the otherkin community, and are especially dismayed by the identity policing that happens in otherkin.
The impression I've got is that most angelkin think they're God's Space Marines sent here to Smite All The People, so this was a really refreshing take on things, by an author who's being genuine and vulnerable in the process. Did I mention they're also my mate rev_yurodivy
? ~.^Speaking of my matesaliaspseudonym
wrote a really good summary of how he sees himself,
too. I think the most important point he makes is that things that are a part of your identity don't have to be literally, or verifiably, true for them to define you. Even before I knew I was otherkin, I realized the power that stories and symbols have to shape how we see ourselves and our worlds, and that they can be -- and usually are -- more true than dispassionate collections of facts.
Atheist skeptics have done a good job fact-checking demagogues, just as otherkin skeptics have helped rein in people who might have become those otherwise. But past a certain point, "skepticism" becomes identity policing and telling others they have to see themselves the way that you see them. And disregard any evidence they see and experiences they have which contradict the "skeptic"'s point of view.
It's things like that which made Yuro afraid to talk about their own experiences for so long. And it's this urgent need some "skeptics" have, to be selectively 100% right about some things and call out people who aren't, which makes them into demagogues themselves.