I don’t think that secrecy is a good thing.I don’t think it’s healthy and I don’t think it’s beneficial to anyone.Secrecy is a condition that allows all manner of malevolence to thrive.Secrecy allows wounds to fester in the darkness and spread infection throughout the family system.
I’ve heard 12-steppers speak of the ways in which their families are affected by keeping secret the alcoholism of one or more family members.Keeping that afflicted family member’s secret adversely affects everyone in the family.One rationale for keeping such secrets is shame.
The same is true of families in which there is physical, mental and/or emotional abuse.There is shame attached to allowing domestic abuse to continue.More importantly, there is the very real danger of serious injury or death.
In the "real world", I buy books for a university library. Saying that I feel strongly about the ability to freely and easily gain knowledge is an understatement. Knowledge is power. We are free to read anything we want, and for me this is right up there with our freedom of speech in defining individual freedom and personal dignity. Libraries are a vitally important aspect of our "free" society. These last few years, it's hurt me to see how many libraries were the first thing to be cut in the economic crisis, and how little people have taken into account the resources that are being taken away from us. Perhaps in this digital age we take libraries for granted. We've forgotten what it's like not to have easy access to anything we want to know, and what it's like to have our information controlled by entities outside of our control. Access to new information (wherever you find it) is the only way we grow and learn.
In the world of the Craft, we are at an unprecedented point of having access to written materials. We can communicate with people all over the world to seek out the things we ache to know. It's easier than it's ever been to find teachers, and for those of us who live to far away from an actual Pagan community, there are blogs, articles and books available to us. The fear of being "discovered" or of being accused of Witchcraft is not what it was in the past, and it no longer applies in the same manner. While being public, or "outed," can still have serious consequences, it doesn't usually lead to a fiery death at the stake.