“[I]t was with a good end in mind – that of acquiring the knowledge of good and evil – that Eve allowed herself to be carried away and eat the forbidden fruit. But Adam was not moved by this desire for knowledge, but simply by greed: he ate it because he heard Eve say it tasted good.”
― Moderata Fonte,
OK…I know there are those of you out there who are shocked by this post (or soon will be) and you are certain I am going to Hell. Let me help you put your mind, heart and soul at ease. I don’t believe in Hell or Heaven for that matter. I believe it is a myth so I’m not at all worried. BUT if you are worried feel free to pray for me. It couldn’t hurt—or at least I hope not. However, make NO effort what-so-ever to convert or save me. It won’t work and it won’t be pretty.
“There may come a time when you will wish you had never tasted the fruit from the tree of knowledge. There may even come a time when you will lie about who took the first bite.”
― Louise Hawes,
As you are aware (or would be if you’d paid any attention to previous blog posts) I am a bleeding heart liberal and an un-repentant heretic but perhaps my worst sin is that I am a woman. It is sinful to be a woman because of the mythology I was raised with was that Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden because they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. God told them not to and so they did (sounds like human nature to me but that’s a different subject). Adam tried hard to be good but that woman Eve she was uncontrollable from the first. She took a bite of that fruit (we say apple but it probably wasn’t) and said, “Holy Moly this tastes good!” So Adam had to have a bite. From that moment forward the mythology of Christianity would have us believe we are all sinners—born in sin, original sin, passed down to us all by Adam and Eve.
“To proceed with the Biblical curiosities. Naturally you will think the threat to punish Adam and Eve for disobeying was of course not carried out, since they did not create themselves, nor their natures nor their impulses nor their weaknesses, and hence were not properly subject to anyone’s commands and
not responsible to anybody for their acts.
It will surprise you to know that the threat was carried out.
Adam and Eve were punished
and that crime finds apologists unto this day.
The sentence of death was executed.”
― Mark Twain,
Now, I love Mark Twain and love all his work including the Letters From The Earth, but in this quote I think we have the shock of our nation right now. We feel as if we are under a sentence of death or at least the potential of it in Donald Trump. I have been shocked and amazed at what Donald Trump has said about women, people of color and those with religions different than he approves of. My question here is why are we as a country and the Republican Party specifically suddenly now shocked at what he says?
“Only a shallow mind would be puzzled by the fact that Original Sin appears to be distributed so much more noticeably among the deprived…
than among merchant bankers
living in Surrey’s green belt.”
― William Donaldson
I think it is because he bowled everyone over with his money, his glitz and his big mouth. He has said many other vile things and this statement on this video about grabbing a woman’s pussy without her consent is the one that is sending everyone reeling. What is it about what he is saying now that so upsets the party. It upsets me because he is bragging about his ability to sexually assault a woman and get away with it because of his wealth and fame. Now even the conservative right is upset. I say unto you, “Do not be dismayed. The conservative right, fundamentalists are ready, willing and able to forgive him.”
“By the way, if you get mad at your Mac laptop and wonder who designed this demonic device, notice the manufacturer’s icon on top: an apple with a bite out of it.”
― Peter Kreeft,
Sadly, the far right are not so inclined with Hillary Clinton. They will not forgive her because she talked of grabbing a man’s penis without his consent because she didn’t say that (although I’ve been sorely tempted to say off with his dick!). No. They hate her because they say she didn’t behave very well when her husband strayed from the fidelity of marriage. For them, because she stayed with him and saved her marriage she is an enabler. They say because she was a court appointed lawyer for a man who was accused of rape that she is callous. All of these things make me think “Hmmmm.” A man is forgiven but a woman is not even though the man’s actions and speech are much more vile. It has been this way for thousands of years and shows no signs of changing. The original sin is woman’s to bear for all time. Women are seldom forgiven and men often are — at least in my experience over my father’s knee and at the end of his belt and fist. There is something in our society and culture that holds up a man even if he is vile and vulgar. This is the same society that stomps over or stones or burns at the stake a woman who dares to speak and stand up for herself and others. I think at issue, it may well be this “original sin” concept we have all been indoctrinated with as soon as we popped out of our mother’s wombs.
“In his natural perversion,
a man wants to lie with a hooker,
wed a virgin,
and keep both.”
― Ron Brackin
Well. I don’t know what else to say except that I’m dismayed. It is not that I don’t have enough words. The problem is that I have so many that want to spew out of my mouth and yet my heart is aching–aching for women, for girls, for children and yes for men and boys. My heart is aching because we as a society have come merely a few short steps from the Garden and it seems we are doomed to keep repeating these horrible mistakes.
“There is no such thing as a bottomless pit. If it were bottomless, it would not be a pit.
The only thing that comes close to being a bottomless pit is the intrinsic depravity of mankind.”
― Ron Brackin
I think one of the problems with words right now is that we are using a big word–Misogynist–to speak about and describe Donald Trump. That’s just too big a word for guttural satisfaction. Were he a woman we would call him “bitch” and “slut” and “hussy” and “whore”. There are many more synonyms (I know because I Googled them!). I’m having difficulty coming up with short, pithy words to describe a misogynist. I found “boor”, “cad”, “lout” and “rogue” and “sexist”. They will never do! They sound way to prim and proper for the vile sewage that spews forth from this man’s mouth. To call him a pig insults porcine animals around the world. We could call him a chauvinist but that too has a ring of gentility–Donald Trump bears no resemblance to gentility.
“The true nature of man left to himself
without restraint is not nobility but savagery.”
― Steven James,
So in the end I’m not going to call him any names. I am going to say to him and the extreme right fundamentalists who are so eager to forgive him (which he hasn’t asked for by the way): Fuck you. My pussy and I don’t need your religions, your politics and your myopic view of the world. My pussy and I don’t need your forgiveness and I’m certainly not asking for it. My pussy and I need to vote for the first woman President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.
Now for a little light-hearted Mark Twain: