Friday, February 23, 2007

On Creating a Cultural Womb for the Seed of Eternity (updated with your worst nightmare)

Where did we leave off in the cosmic theodrama and the arc of salvation? Oh, yes, the special role of the ancient Hebrews.

By the way, it's not always that easy to return to the state from which the day's previous post arose. If anyone is startled by certain discontinuities in my day-to-day concerns, it is again because whatever it is I am writing about is as much a matter of "state" or "plane" as it is content. In other words, I must specifically enter a certain state in order to write competently about whatever it is we are tackling.

I know it sounds prima donna-ish, but it's true. I am reminded of something that another petulant prima donna, Keith Jarrett, said. He is probably the world's greatest living jazz pianist, but he has also delved into classical. He said that the consciousness required in order to properly play these two forms is so radically different that it takes him months of preparation to switch over from one to the other. Jazz comes from one plane, classical from another.

Regarding the preparation of a human body for Phase II of the arc of salvation, ShrinkWrapped has had a very thoughtful series of posts on the psychological implications of abortion. A couple of days ago, he wrote that,

"For a couple who desire a child, life begins before conception. A couple trying to become pregnant find that each month, if the woman has her menses, there is a small feeling of loss; the hoped for and already loved child [emphasis mine] has not appeared. When, finally, the woman determines she is pregnant, often responding to barely conscious and unconscious bodily signals that herald the changes taking place within, the child begins to take on a reality, a life of its own. By the time of 'quickening', typically in the fourth month or thereabouts, the child is already a baby in the minds of the parents. There is no question that wanted children are psychologically already babies from very early in the sequence. Furthermore, a wanted child is the repository of all that is best in the couple. They imbue the soon-to-be infant with all sorts of possibilities and qualities... there is no question that from the moment of the positive EPT, reinforced each step of the way (heartbeat, sonograms, movement), the woman is carrying a person, not a fetus, and not a clump of cells."

Remember this paragraph when we begin discussing the preparation of a human body to bear the incarnation.

Scripture does not only reveal theological and metaphysical truth veiled in symbolic form, but also certain intrinsic psychological truths that enunciate the proper "operating system" for human beings. I would like to focus on some of the psychological truths that are veiled in scripture, because just as certain material conditions must prevail in order to create the context for psychological health, so too must certain psychological circumstances prevail in order to create a context for spiritual descent.

Obviously, the Torah is quite concerned with maintaining certain circumstances and arrangements that make possible the descent of divinity, or holiness, or the sacred. Jewish law was not there for its own sake but to create the day-to-day conditions under which God may "appear" in one's life. Yes, God is "always here" because he is "everywhere." But you might say that he is "dispersed" everywhere, and that human beings are uniquely able to engage in certain practices -- rituals, sacraments, and the like -- that act in the way that a magnifying glass focuses the sun's rays on a single point.

An efficacious ritual does the same thing, focusing God's grace, as it were, onto a single point in the now. The purpose of the sabbath, for example, is to unveil and open wide the "hole" in creation through which the divine energies flow. A special day is set aside for this specific purpose, even though the energies are always flowing. But again, in the absence of a divinely authorized human container, the grace will tend to fall like rain on a rocky landscape, with nothing there to "receive" it.

Obviously the Catholic sacraments are intended for the same purpose -- baptism, the Eucharist, holy matrimony, etc. -- in each instance, the medium is not just transformed by grace, but for the purposes of receiving the transforming grace. I am sure that much of what I am saying here is not kosher from a strict Catholic standpoint, but when dealing with any theological truth, the esoterist always asks, by virtue of what principle? does this or that truth operate. It is simply obvious to my Coon vision, for example, that marriage between man and woman is not an end in itself but a divinely ordained arrangement for the purposes of receiving the grace that will transform both parties. A dysfunctional marriage is one in which no spiritual transformation takes place -- it is spiritually "stillborn," so to speak, or "infertile" no matter how many children it produces -- like a Kennedy marriage.

This is why, strictly speaking, there can be no "secular" marriage. Or put it this way: to the extent that your marriage is only a secular affair, I do not see how or why it could transcend the state of essentially being -- as Glen Campbell sang -- "shackled by forgotten words and bonds and the ink stains that have dried upon some line." Anything short of spiritual union involves using the other person in one way or another. It merely creates the conditions for narcissism rather than its transcendence, which is surely one reason why there are so many divorces. Marriage can never do for you what it was never intended to do, which is to make you "happy" or "fulfilled" in the material sense, at least not for long. No mere earthling can do that.

I remember a patient from about a decade ago, a narcissistic, completely secular man who not only rejected religion but despised it. He was married in the strictly animal sense of the term, and naturally sought animal fulfillment with other women. Why not? What's the difference? But one time when he was contemplating another affair, I spontaneously blurted out, "why do you need another woman, when you have no idea how to use the one you've got?"

Yes, on the one hand this is an example of why I am not cut out to be a therapist. Still, it led down a very fruitful avenue in which this profoundly unspiritual man was able to face the pathetic emotional poverty of his existence, poverty that was entirely self-induced but veiled by his sophisticated "playboy" type of neo-adolescent philosophy. Marriages generally lose passion because people are terrified of the vulnerability it entails, so they kill it in subtle ways so that their mind parasites may live in undisturbed comfort, all the while fantasizing about finding the passion elsewhere. But they'll eventually kill the next person too. There are exceptions, of course, but when "the thrill is gone," it is usually murder, not suicide.

Referring again to the book we were discussing yesterday, Slaughter of the Innocents: Child Abuse Through the Ages and Today, Breiner devotes a chapter to the striking differences between the ancient Hebrews and some of their contemporaries with regard to the treatment of women and children. I have no doubt that the treatment of women and children is the leading edge of psychohistorical evolution, and that a culture can only develop as far as its treatment of women and children will allow.

To put it another way, the more evolved the culture, the more women and children will be valued (as women and children, I might add, thus excluding radical feminism as a philosophy that particularly values either). This variable, more than anything else, explains why the Muslim world is at the bottom of the evolutionary heap, and conversely, why the Jews have thrived everywhere they have landed, despite the most adverse circumstances. Just look at Israel, which is persecuted by virtually everyone except the U.S., vs. the Arab world, which is persecuted by no one except themselves -- and yet, fantasizes that Jews are controlling them and holding them back. Madness! But if you think madness is a deviation rather than the norm, I don't see how you can understand anything of history, which is absolutely littered with similarly insane mind parasites.

(The following is an edited version of some material that was posted seven or eight months ago. It will undoubtedly be new to many readers, so it is worth repeating in this context, as it will move the story of the Arc of Salvation along to its annointed deustination.)

It is almost impossible for us to imagine the barbarity of the ancient world -- very similar to how contemporary liberals find it impossible to comprehend the evil savagery of the Islamists with whom we are in a mortal struggle, so they instead fill the moral vacuum by fantasizing that George Bush or Dick Cheney are evil (for if your moral compass is so broken that you cannot recognize evil, you will hate something that is not evil, which is why the left is at war with so much that is good, i.e., the Boy Scouts, the ROTC, "traditional" marriage [which is to say, marriage], racial equality, school vouchers, mens' sports [because of Title IX], etc ).

As we mentioned yesterday, in all other ancient lands, the abuse of women and children, including infanticide, was common. Breiner notes, for example, that On, the King of the Swedes, sacrificed nine of his ten sons in the belief that it would prolong his life. Think about it. It was if the entire ancient world consisted of Palestinians who think that murdering children will lead to their own salvation.

Surely it is no coincidence, therefore, that the story of the Jews as a people begins with the motif of child sacrifice. The story of Abraham and Isaac allows us to assume that, up to that time, the ancient Hebrews were just as barbaric as any other ancient people. This biblical story preserves one of the truly shocking and unexpected “right turns” in human history -- when something caused us to empathize with the sacrificial victim and lay down the knife. Not that it wasn’t a struggle afterwards. The Bible chronicles many instances of backsliding and regression, which gives it even more of a ring of authenticity. The struggle against absuing children was (and is) very real.

But the benefits were obvious. For the first time in history, Jews were also able to intuit the one God. Not only that, but he was a loving God. Other primitive peoples lived in the psychological fragmentation of polytheism. In my opinion, they did not know God because they could not know God. Early childhood trauma leads to what is called “borderline personality structure,” in which the mind is subject to vertical splitting and the inability to maintain psychological unity and coherence. Therefore, primitive polytheism was actually an indirect measure of child abuse and the psychological fragmentation that occurs. Note as well that the gods of ancient Greece and Rome were arbitrary, selfish, and narcissistic, and even got a kick out of lording it over the “little” humans. They were suspiciously simlar to abusive and uncaring parents.

(Perhaps I should point out that this does not necessarily apply to Hindu polytheism, at least viewed from the metaphysical "top" rather than from the superstitious "bottom" -- just as the Trinity can be confused with polytheism. In any event, I will have more to say about the role of Vedanta later in the Arc of Salvation.)

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Hebrews began viewing themselves as having an intimate relationship with a benevolent God who took a deep and abiding interest in them, instead of having to live in fear of a multitude of arbitrary and self-absorbed gods.

Again, we are not comparing the ancient Hebrews to modern peoples but to their own contemporaries in the ancient world, and by that standard, they were moyels ahead of the package. Marriage began to be viewed as a sacred institution composed of two individuals who were in the image and likeness of God. “He who marries for money shall have worthless children,” says the Talmud.

Here again, this cannot be separated from psychological issues. One will not be capable of a stable and loving marriage so long as one lives with the psychological fragmentation produced by vertical splitting. It is no coincidence that the “one loving God” was discovered at roughly the same time that it became possible to conceive of a monogamous, loving, companionate marriage between two equals. (In yesterday's comments I linked to an article that is well worth reading, Judaism's Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality, as it makes many of the same points about the transformative impact of Jewish understanding in Phase One of the Arc of Salvation).

Breiner speculates that this prevailing attitude -- “to take care of and love one’s wife so that she will care for and love one's children” -- was “fundamental in determining why ancient child abuse and infanticide were rare among the ancient Hebrews.” The Talmud stated that those who practiced pederasty were subject to stoning. In ancient Greece, pedophiles were subject to being lionized as immortal philosophers.

One of the most striking differences was in the attitude toward female children, which is perhaps the most critical hinge of psychohistorical evolution. Unlike other ancient peoples, the Jews began cherishing and protecting female children. Many laws that we might now look upon as chauvinistic were very advanced and innovative for their day. They were meant to protect women and girls, not to degrade them.

(Interestingly, the woman who cuts my hair is an Iranian immigrant. Back when my wife and I were attempting to get pregnant, I mentioned that I was hoping for a girl. This woman -- who escaped right after the revolution, is thoroughly Americanized, and despises Islam -- spontaneously responded with a downturned mouth and words to the effect of "ewwwwww." She literally did not believe that I was telling the truth -- it was incomprehensible to her that I would prefer a girl. Interestingly, she has the identical reaction when I mention that race is of no consequence to me. In her tribal culture, just like the primitive left, racial color-blindness is inconceivable.)

The Talmud has many laws about the proper treatment of infants and children. “A baby should be as well looked after as a king, high priest and learned man.” Fathers were enjoined to educate their children under penalty of fines. Furthermore, the father was admonished not to envy his son or pupil, which is very wise, for envy of childhood innocence is one of the psychological bases of child abuse. While there were still laws “on the books” allowing for a rebellious child to be put to death, there is no record of that actually occurring. (In fact, being that I am hardly a Jewish scholar, it is possible that this was a figure of speech, a way to emphasize the importance of filial piety, of honoring one’s parents.)

Again, it is easy to be historo-centric and view ancient Hebrews as barbaric by our standards, but the punishment meted out in Hebrew courts of law was lenient and humane by the standards of the day. So too their treatment of slaves, of captured enemies, of the poor, the oppressed, the widow, the stranger. They were the first people to achieve nearly 100% literacy, a development which had staggering implications for the way children were raised. In other words, it makes a huge difference if you happen to be raised by a literate mother capable of abstract thought vs. an illiterate mother capable only of concrete thought. Think of the contemporary Muslim Middle East, where absence of female literacy -- let alone cliteracy -- continues to hover around 50%.

Tacitus, the renowned Roman historian who lived in the first century A.D., viewed the Hebrews as contemptible because “they considered it a crime among them to kill any child.” Nothing has changed. To paraphrase Golda Meir, the Arabs will only begin to make psychohistorical progress when they love their own children as much as they hate Jewish children. The two attitudes are simply two sides of the same coin: Palestinians and other Arabs engage in systematic abuse of their own children, who then grow up to externalize their implacable hatred onto Israelis.

In any event, I think we can see how the Jewish matrix -- which means "womb" -- was the only possible context for Phase II of the Arc of Salvation.

*****

UPDATE!

Speaking of human sacrifice and coonibalism, this hideous bit of information (tail wiggle: Julie) was found on Lileks' snuff site. Sick bastard:

"Raccoon ghoulish" is more like it. I know there's a first amendment and all, but isn't there a limit?

34 Comments:

Anonymous TalkinKamel said...

A wonderful post, Bob. The Jews have truly been a gift to mankind---and we've seen how mankind has "rewarded" them, and many Christians as well (persecution of Christians being alive and well in many parts of the world.)

Mankind's old default religion keeps trying to make a comeback, often under the guise of Marxism, or some other form of Utopianism that sounds good, but is, ultimately, anti-human.

2/23/2007 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

"Give us today Hors d'Oeuvres in bed, as we forgive those who have dressed up against us."

I thought those who love puns might find this amusing quote from the writer of "Gentle On My Mind", John Hartford.

Very thought provoking post Bob.

2/23/2007 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Mazda said...

A word of advice: don't let your son get wind of the fact that you were hoping for a girl.

2/23/2007 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Not to worry. I made an instantaneous adjustment. Now the very thought of a daughter makes me say ewwwwwww.

2/23/2007 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Steve McQueen a Coon?

Belloq

2/23/2007 08:46:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

No, but he sometimes played one.

2/23/2007 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous PSGInfinity said...

The visual of Steve McQueen wearing a pink boa just popped into my head. Thanks, anon. I think I'll go douse my brain in bleach...

wv: lxxiaf Loving the Israeli Armed Forces?

2/23/2007 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger juliec said...

"Think of the contemporary Muslim Middle East, where absence of female literacy -- let alone cliteracy -- continues to hover around 50%."

I admit I had a bit of a laugh when I first read that, but my immediate next reaction was how awful it is at the same time. I was actually thinking of that (female genital mutilation) while reading yesterdays comments regarding cultural homosexuality and de-humanization of women; it seems like FGM and cultural forms of pederasty (as Goy might call it) would go hand-in-hand; after all, if women aren't supposed to enjoy sex, where are men to turn if they want a partner who is allowed to enjoy it? Also, I can't imagine many greater thefts of humanity than removing those parts that most represent a person's gender and intentionally denying them even the physical ability to take pleasure in the act of creation; to in fact, in many cases, make it an agonizing experience.

On a completely unrelated note, check out Lileks' bleat today - scroll down to the bottom for an unimagined horror!

wv: amcghds - am see g-d hands??
(yes, everywhere I look, as it happens...)

2nd attempt (it almost always takes 2 or 3 since the swithch to new blogger): mtpllysm - what happens when the holy ghost sneezes?

2/23/2007 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob says, "Obviously the Catholic sacraments are intended for the same purpose -- baptism, the Eucharist, holy matrimony, etc. -- in each instance, the medium is not just transformed by grace, but for the purposes of receiving the transforming grace. I am sure that much of what I am saying here is not kosher from a strict Catholic standpoint... It is simply obvious to my Coon vision, for example, that marriage between man and woman is not an end in itself but a divinely ordained arrangement for the purposes of receiving the grace that will transform both parties."

Not sure what about that isn't Kosher with strict Catholic theology, because it sounds exactly like what I've always been taught as the very definition of a sacrament.

There are some that argue that marriage and sexuality hold in them the very meaning of life in that a marriage is a mirror to God's own interior life. You have two people giving fully and completely of themselves, and that love becomes real enough that it becomes another human person.

"We believe in the Holy Spirit who procedes from the Father and the Son."

This is also the way in which contemporary homosexual behavior (and some forms of contempoaray heterosexual behavior) deny life. The choices they make in expressing their sexuality result directly in a manmade barreness. They intentionally close themselves to making new life. They deny it by their very actions. In this way, the addage, "Actions speak louder than words," is very true. What's the use of saying one thing with your lips if you lie with the whole rest of your being.

Beth

2/23/2007 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breiner notes, for example, that On, the King of the Swedes, sacrificed nine of his ten sons in the belief that it would prolong his life.

And this was well before the Magick of Embryonic Stem Cells!

2/23/2007 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous will said...

I think that the Abraham/Isaac "right turn" in history can certainly be viewed as a "correcting of a wrong", the wrong being the polytheistic, tribal, pagan, woman and child abusing cultures that had hitherto prevailed.

Esoterically speaking, however, I think that the pagan cultures were necessary in terms of "gathering momentum", ie., providing the necessary fire which was to be sublimated into law and love by the Judaic/Christian continuum. Even though "the gods of ancient Greece and Rome were arbitrary, selfish, and narcissistic, and even got a kick out of lording it over the “little” humans", the ancient gods did represent human passion at full boil, the human variant of the elemental fire at the center of nature. Without this fire, we have failure to spiritually launch.

In other words, at the times previous to the Judaic right-turn in history, paganism could not really be defined as being "evil". Paganism *is* an evil now, however, because it is historically out-of-sync, having been rendered obsolete by the Judaic/Christian continuum.

2/23/2007 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Indeed. Religion had to start somewhere. In fact, human sacrifice might even have been a sort garbled intuition of where the arc of salvation was headed.

2/23/2007 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous ximeze said...

Yum Yum

Every day a vari table feast served up for breakfast

No added fats, carbs or other extra noeo us junk

Nourishing to Mind, Soul & Spirit

Slimming & toning deep tissue ex er cise

Now if it'll just work on my thighs

2/23/2007 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Ricky Raccoon said...

Dr. Bob,
I think you are on to something with the Arc of Salvation series. I am interested in your visions of Phase III. Would we recognize it as it happens..? I think we would. I think we are. How would present Bob picture Phase III today?

Wondering who/what/how a contemporary ‘Jesus’ would be perceived today.

So much ‘non-sense’ lately – more than the usual amount. Noticing so much unwatchable on TV – mainstream family shows consumed with sex. And I’m no prude (just ask my wife). Someone said a quickening the other day and I have a sense of that too for certain.

Bob, please keep going with the Arc series.

Incidentally, I see the movie ‘Nativity Story’ is coming to DVD on 20 March. So sorry I missed it when in theaters but I didn’t notice at the time that it was in limited theaters and gone so quickly. What a surprise. Any coon reviews here?

2/23/2007 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Joan of Argghh! said...

Julie,

Raccoon Goulash!!!??

Primordial Man (c.1967)was a cannibal!!!

****


TW: qijplay: yes, kids play.
2nd attempt: chksrked: whiskers on one's chest?
3rd attempt: gbwezil: Gagdad Bob's a weasel?

Finally! Success! I can post!

Ooops! One more time: sdsxilio: uh. I give up.

2/23/2007 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous ricky raccon said...

Dr. Bob said: “I have no doubt that the treatment of women and children is the leading edge of psychohistorical evolution, and that a culture can only develop as far as its treatment of women and children will allow.”

Speaking a little more on the nativity, and in alignment with Dr Bob’s recent, I have noticed (more and more lately) the dramatic difference between the message in the nativity and of the so-called religion Islam. The former, Christianity, centers all its attention, all it’s hope around the most vulnerable, most helpless – a new born baby. Whereas the latter default sees the baby as expendable. To this day. What a contrast. Christianity offers hope in and from its very center and beginning.

2/23/2007 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous hoarhey said...

Excellent, thought provoking post today Bob.

BTW, Ask Cuz if he thinks Lileks hangs those coons to "age" for several days or if he uses freshly skunt coon and which is best.

2/23/2007 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger robinstarfish said...

abraham stops short
isaac lives another day
mary loves her son

2/23/2007 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Ricky Raccoon said...

To Goy:

I’m not so much interested lately in the gap as in the brilliance of the nativity story. Even if the story weren’t true its brilliant.

Dr Bob has written of this, say, related to abortion and in a sense what the nativity offers us – hope. Mother, Father and Baby. Nowhere to stay, no money, nothing but each other. What we ALL have. To ever think you need more than that, the nativity shows (tells) us we don’t. Unwanted (unexpected) pregnancy is too often treated as an inconvenience to a life. How can it be? It is a gift. THE gift. All gift.

How can any being not feel even a glimmer of that hope and not be attracted to it?

2/23/2007 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

quick pause in catching up...
"Early childhood trauma leads to what is called “borderline personality structure,” in which the mind is subject to vertical splitting and the inability to maintain psychological unity and coherence. Therefore, primitive polytheism was actually an indirect measure of child abuse and the psychological fragmentation that occurs."

Click!

Back to it!

2/23/2007 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous RiverCocytus said...

Ricky: I doubt we will see a Jesus; he was the son. First came the Father, then the Son, and then the Holy Spirit.

My impression, based on my theological fumblings is, that an era of the Spirit will be born. This means there will come a SPIRIT, not a man. Whether this happens Before or After the return of Christ as described in Revelation; I dunno.

I.E until he comes back there is not going to be another.

This http://www.ag.org/enrichmentjournal/199904/026_azusa.cfm

or For those who a links work for

May hint and link somehow to the 'Spirit' that seemed to come apon people in the sixties. I do not ascribe to the idea that in the era of the Spirit we will be able to 'do what we want' in the sense of License, but perhaps in the sense of Spiritual Liberty.

wv.... "WORBABS"!!! lol.

2/23/2007 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous RiverCocytus said...

For clarity, I meant that this next coming (I think) is of the Spirit, and not of another earthly prophet. This is distinct in my mind from the Second Coming, which is the return of Jesus rather than the coming of a new prophet.

What is confusing, and I am going to have to work out through reading, meditation, study, conversation, etc is how there is clearly the coming of the Spirit as Christ called for on Pentecost (as described by Luke in Acts) So... question is.. is there a SECOND coming of the Holy Spirit, paralleling the second coming of the Son? Questions fill my mind about it, and I have few answers. But, all things in God's time.

There's probably something written on the subject that I have not stumbled across. James?

2/23/2007 02:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Dougman said...

This site might be illuminating.

http://beingholy.blogspot.com/

2/23/2007 02:53:00 PM  
Anonymous ximeze said...

Ok, is it Blogger, my browsers or are imps making a muck of trying to post comments.

My "new" blogger account tells me my password is wrong here, but I have no problem getting into Blogger.com to update myself.

What gives?

Trouble is that others experiencing these same problems won't be able to say so, just as I've been in read-only (if even that)HELL for the last few days.

wv:dwpbd = dump bad No kidding!
wv:mrryggr no transl needed

2/23/2007 03:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Arrggghhh - Glen Campbell@ Does that ever bring back memories.... winning a 45 rpm record of Arcoonsas at a carnival (I've been scouring the net for the lyrics but it went something like

Arconnsas
Land of opportunity...

A prize to anyone who can email me the lyrics (alan@lvx.com)

2/23/2007 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous joan of argghh! said...

Alan said, "Arrggghhh"

You rang?

Couldn't find the song, but I found this instead:

How to tell if an Arky has been using your computer:

* The monitor is up on blocks.
* Outgoing faxes have tobacco stains on them.
* The extra RAM slots have Dodge truck parts in them.
* The password is "Bubba".
* There is a gun rack mounted on the monitor.
* There's a Skoal can in the CD-ROM drive.
* The keyboard is camouflaged.
* The mouse is referred to as a "critter".

2/23/2007 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Jacob C. said...

Guaranteed method to tell if an Arky has been using Microsoft Word:

Step 1. Check screen for WhiteOut.

2/23/2007 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Lilek you rat-fink!!!

2/23/2007 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Joan of Argghh! said...

Oh, and Alan, if you can't find the lyrics here, you probably just dreamed the song.

***
wv: cdfmxoyo: am I the only person that gets the whole alphabet for a werd veri?

2/23/2007 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

Will said "In other words, at the times previous to the Judaic right-turn in history, paganism could not really be defined as being "evil". Paganism *is* an evil now, however, because it is historically out-of-sync, having been rendered obsolete by the Judaic/Christian continuum. "
and Gagdad said...
"Indeed. Religion had to start somewhere. In fact, human sacrifice might even have been a sort garbled intuition of where the arc of salvation was headed."

Sort of like a 5 year olds Sulking is an improvement over the 2 year olds Tantrum, but would be innapropriate for an 8 year old? Or...
As a 2 year olds Tantrum is to the 5 year olds Sulking is to the 8 year olds good manners, so the
Primitive societies Human Sacrifice is to a developing civilizations Polytheism, as is to a maturing civilizations monotheism?

(Not to cast aspersions upon our civilizations relative position on the maturity scale... honest)
wv:gixprep...?

2/23/2007 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Col. J. C. Beaglehole said...

I wish to register my firm objection to the first instruction of that beastly recipe of Lileks. It clearly directs the reader to "clean the Raccoon," which leaves the mistaken impression that Raccoons are ever anything but. To say "Raccoon" is to say "clean" -- especially when the Raccoon in question is a Beaglehole.

2/23/2007 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Colonel Beaglehole-
An astute observation! Unlike 'Possums (aka Opossums, aka Rat Finks, aka Lilek), which require numerous cleanings.

2/24/2007 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger Wacky Hermit said...

Bob, here's one of my favorite recipes: Tasty Toasty Baby Roasty

Preheat a king or queen size bed by having two parents sleep in it all night. Place a cleaned and dressed baby between the parents. Cover and toast the baby for 2 minutes per pound or until baby is nice and toasty warm. For optimum flavor, tickle the baby till he laughs and munch his tummy while he's laughing.

Serves 2.

2/24/2007 06:02:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

Wacky Hermit, An old family recipe!

2/24/2007 11:32:00 AM  

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