One without the other

Tom Robbins apparently has the knack to succinctly and colorfully describe everything I find distasteful about controlling, patriarchal organized religions. Today’s quote:

“For those who would pray but not dance, fast but not feast, baptize but not splash, flog but not fuck, for those who would buy spirit but sell soul, crown Father but deceive Mother, those men found Herod’s Temple a threatening place at vernal equinox and under a harvest moon.”

(Skinny Legs and All, h/t Leah)

Punishment without celebration, male without female, obedience without thought. This phenomenon is a sad truth not unique to a specific time or place, painfully relevant both to ancient history and modern politics. Though the story here is lighthearted, the message is, undoubtedly, not.

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One thought on “One without the other

  1. I would suggest that this notion of yours from Tom Robbins has a history, and that it began about five hundred years before some people say Jesus lived. It crashed into Judaism, tried to assert itself in Christianity, was sought to be rescued by Mohammed the Founder, accounts for what we dare to think of as law and social science.
    It is the notion that what we accidentally think is God’s absolute unchangeable will for us, and that all that we put up in our own defense falls around our ears. There is a moment in early Hamlet where Claudius the usurper is trying to pray and he is aware that his words are falling back down around his ears like concrete rubble. He should take the hint and quit usurping. But then the play would only have one act.

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