Connecting the dots...
Today’s images are an example of how advertising also – as a “religion” of sorts - a guiding the path for many… is influenced by deeply rooted theological beliefs and, as an unperceivable consequence itself holds enormous influence over all of us (even when we think we are absolutely immune to it).
A picture tells a thousands words… Judge by yourself and see how they fit into the context of today’s post, and our lives.
Last night’s topic brought as around to discuss celibacy, virginity, the expectations attached to them and the “political” reasons it might have gone in this direction and not another, as well as how it had negatively affected both genders, etc..
What “If” Eve would have been portrayed as a loving, healthy desirous women – exercising her God Given Biology, instead of a sluttish temptress whom got herself and her mate banished from Eden carrying the burden of bestowing birth in sin to all to come - ay, Chihuahua, that's starting off on the wrong foot! What about this forgiving God concept/stuff?
What “IF” Mary was Not a Virgin… What “IF” Mary Magdalene was indeed or would have been portrayed as an enlightened disciple or a rightful lover/spouse of a flesh and blood man…The Son of God, a human on Earth. We all being children of God, would not that make him our brother? All women being his sisters? Making us “equals”, hmmm?
We would most certainly live in a very different word.
We would live in a much healthier emotional and sexual environment and most likely, despite our differences we would all be, without any doubt from Earth instead of being from “Mars” and “Venus” –“intellectually” compatible that is… lol
Who wrote “This History”?
Who revised it throughout the centuries?
How many interpretations do “Sacred Scriptures” have?
Who believes to hold the truth – and why?
Personally, I do not care.
What I care about is, how are “we” revising it, interpreting it all. What are we believing. How are we being affected by our beliefs or, imprinted behavior - today.
What are “we” doing today and/or going to do about it tomorrow?
Those initial teachings of convenience - and there is not much need for double guessing this one - drew the proverbial line in the sand; the one that separated man from woman/ good form bad! Thus, automatically making one “superior” to the other ”inferior”.
We all got this drilled into us, in innumerable subtle ways – at this stage of the game, this is experience is within us, at our cellular (genetic) level. As, in “boys will be boys”, kind of thinking/feeling.
I have been unable to ascertain if it takes three or five years to renew all our cells and how does that exactly happen, but the reality is, that in order to change a cellular “imprint” we must continually “feed it” different information.
At one extreme we have celibacy/virginity, at the other pornography, eating up at present, a large percentage of a male generation or two? Perhaps three, four generations of males? With its trail of generations of generally female, but also male “victims” .
Where is our healthy biology? Where is a healthy sexual life spoken/written of?
Who decided and most importantly why, that intercourse was for procreation only?
Who decided that affection, love tenderness is not associated or it is separate from sex…?
Furthermore, who decided that man can “have sex” (I abhor this term, even “making” love* irritates me) mindlessly, detached and just move on from bed to bed or “whatever” – and not being somehow affected?
We don’t even have a language that can accurately express a loving joining interaction/communion that can have profound emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual sustained effects… Or, at the very least be a caring, joyful exchange… a playful romp in the hay even…
From "Chatelaine" mag. issue of August 2001
One of things that also caught my attention lately (I have not always been this cleaver! lol) is how this belief has also been brought into “new age spirituality”, where the concept of “holier than thou” is alive and kicking and “abstinence” is also form of virtue…
Ok, let me clear this for now and eternity – I am not advocating debauchery!
We are of flesh and blood, living in a physical plane… it begs the question – won’t it be enough time in “the spiritual afterlife” (that many of us believe in) to do spiritual/non-physical body things? Just curious.
Or, even worst, reincarnating, to go through this same rigamaroo over and over again!
In our schools for the past 3-4 decades - we still almost yearly debating - if children should learn “about the birds and the bees” in Biology class or, is this the job of the parent? Many parents chose to be the ones; how many are “truly” knowledgeable of our “biologies”, or simply repeating words read in an instruction manual or religious precept.
How much of our personal true biology is really taught and how? In what context, in that of a laboratory/species or in the context of human/loving relations?
These are questions that we are all still touched by as adults, as the children - the young ones today appear to be terribly confused as to what’s what.
I am afraid we have passed on our “twisted”, poorly informed, “guilty” beliefs.
Those beliefs enmeshed with a cunning, profiteering, unscrupulous ever increasing unsatiable desire for more and more, combined with media proliferation and easy access to it around the world, filtering down through all economic stratas, the results are catastrophic not only at the community level, but are more poignantly at the individual/personal level.
* I donno about you, but I “feel” love in every cell of my body, on every inch of my skin, in every breath, in every… how can I then “make” love, when it is much more than a manufacturing/assembly process of emotions (?).
Maybe we have also find a new vocabulary.
For myself, I don’t use either term to describe such “sacred” communion. I only call it “loving”, feeling greatly shortchanged by the lack of proper vocabulary.
To continuo - I am going to go with the flow… I will eventually come to how Religious Institution jockey for position…..
P.S.: Another Indo-Canadian (33 year old) woman, a mother of three girls under 11, has been found brutally murdered in her Surrey home (it appears, in front of two of her daughters) by her extended family yesterday. May she rest in peace.
P.P.S: Ana Nicole, I just heard in the 1:00PM news about your untimely death as I was re-reading the above, it breaks my heart. You are a true example of what a society, it’s beliefs and behavior can create, soil and destroy. I am deeply, deeply sorry for you, your recently departed son and your infant daughter that survies you, I am really sorry dear girl…
My heart has gone out for you … a victim – some, may say willing – of our times.
Clearly, we – none of us - have taken the time to tell you/do for you better!
(I wonder who will ET obsess with (in frozen, “botoxed” smiles) in a week or so, when she is no longer “news”... yet another young woman stepping right into her shoes?)
Originally poted on Feb 8, 4:00PM under the tittle of: WHAT IF… ? FEMINIST THEOLOGY, cont…. Advertizing deeply rooted in beliefs. HAH? Changes - Part Five (Just like Stalone in Rocky)