There is, unfortunately, a lot of pretentiousness in the Pagan world. Ugh.
I think that some of it is not deliberate. Some people that might come off as pretentious are just quiet, shy, or socially inept. I also think that some people act pretentious because they are insecure or feel vulnerable, and this is how they deal with these uncomfortable feelings, either by pretending to be so high and mighty that nothing can affect them, or as an attempt at shielding by distancing themselves from others or by sabotaging relationships and personal interactions.
However, there are some Pagans who are just plain pompous attention whores, which in a way is another type of social ineptness. I'm not going to name any names, because I'm sure someone popped into your head already. We all personally know or at least have heard of one high-profile pretentious Pagan, right?
So the question is, what do we do about these people, especially if their actions make all Pagans look bad? Ideally we could just ignore them, but in some cases, it seems necessary to disassociate ourselves from such people. I, for example, certainly don't want outsiders thinking that I believe I'm better than everyone else just because I'm Pagan.
Do you know a pretentious Pagan? How do you deal with him/her? What are your thoughts on this person's behavior? How do their actions affect your life? Feel free to share!