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?