Stereotype #4: Pagan Standard Time

This particular stereotype is probably more familiar to those actually in the pagan community than it is to those outside of it.  Unfortunately, for the most part this one seems to be true!

The stereotype (and running joke among my circle of pagan friends) is that pagans follow Pagan Standard Time–meaning, that pagans are always at least 10 minutes late for any function.  Even with the upgrade in technology, we can’t seem to be on time to a meeting, drum circle, or other pagan-y event to save our souls.  I do notice however that most of us make it to class and work on time (guess it’s because most of those things have consequences for being late).

Sadly, even I have fallen into the habit of working by Pagan Standard Time.  It was a long-standing joke that at every meeting I would arrive 5 minutes after we started.  But I have fixed this now!  Now I arrive early and leave work early to make sure I beat the other group members to the meetings!

Alas, Pagan Standard Time is one of those things that seems to be contagious.  A sad but unfortunate consequence of Pagan Standard Time: when many people arrive late, everyone tends to arrive late.  But then, wouldn’t that mean that technically is everyone is late, then you’re all on time?

Anyone else notice this stereotype?  Has it proven true for you or not?

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4 responses to “Stereotype #4: Pagan Standard Time

  1. What about this statement that was made 2 weeks ago, “I was thinking like 9pm….and Stevan…when PSU says 9….it actually starts at 9…I know you’re not used to that haha 🙂 ” ?

    • Ok, so 10 minutes late is not the same as an hour to an hour and a half. We arrived at 10:30 because it was just silly to start at 9, no one would be there!
      Besides, she was still wrong. Did it start at 9? No. We were still waiting for people at 9:30-10. Just because Casey tends to be on time doesn’t mean the rest of PSU is!

      • But that does to the idea you mentioned, ” But then, wouldn’t that mean that technically is everyone is late, then you’re all on time?”, in that case why not just plan for a later time or plan for an earlier time so that it starts “on time”?

        • Planning for a later time would still mean they’ll be late and then it would start later, wouldn’t it? I think it would make more sense to tell people an earlier time so that, since they’ll all be late anyway, they’ll actually get there right on time. So if I was having an event I wanted to start at 9:30, I would tell people to be there at 9, so that they would actually all be there around 9:30 since they’ll be late anyways.

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