Let Me set the scene for you:
Myself and a few other people are engaged in the deepest philosophical conversation. No stone, is left unturned and the sheer magnitude and intensity of our questioning easily forces Mother Nature’s hand, and like on the 2nd date right behind the dumpster in a car, Nature gives up her secret. The universe is now merely another construct that exists within my ever expanding understanding. My companion on this journey beyond truth, decide to reward themselves with some light banter and I tune out. I let my self drift and as I return to the now from the phantasmorgic sally – the day-dream – through the clear shallow waters of reality, I hear this quote by Mother Theresa:
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.
I immediately answer
Yeah that’s nice and all but Mother Theresa Never Tried Anal….. what?….
are you trying to tell me there is no love in anal ….?
Some laughed, some were greatly offended and accused me of making fun of their religion. Mother Theresa is a saint how dare I assert for the sake of a joke that a saint experimented with anal. Sure, a college cheerleader being promiscuity to improve her social image, taking the snap deep from the entire defensive line is ok, well as long as she washes her hands and contributes to the collection this coming Sunday but not a saint?. Mr Mary let’s them get offended, but ultimately he was sad that no one could see what he was actually alluding too.
One of the legacies of the Abrahamic religions (in particular Christianity and Judaism) is the belief that sex is for procreation. For St Augustine and many early church fathers paradise is devoid of any animal passion, sexual passions are ultimately evil.
Augustine’s view of sexual feelings as sinful affected his view of women. For example he considered a man’s erection to be sinful, though involuntary,because it did not take place under his conscious control. His solution was to place controls on women to limit their ability to influence men. Augustine viewed women not only as threatening to men, but also as intellectually and morally inferior. He equated flesh with woman and spirit with man.He believed that the serpent approached Eve because she was less rational and lacked self-control, while Adam’s choice to eat was viewed as an act of kindness so that Eve would not be left alone. Augustine believed sin entered the world because man (the spirit) did not exercise control over woman (the flesh)
If you read between the lines you will see that according to this type of doctrine the best part of a human being is not to be found in that which ties him to Nature. It is not to be found in his passions and instinctual behaviour. This doctrine introduces an artificial separation between a man’s mortal sense and that which transcend; it alienates a person from his earthly roots. To attain heaven one had to transcend ourselves. There is also psychology a putting down of the feminine energies of creation if you want to get all Jungian, which translates into a lack of a balanced psychological development.
Furthermore the transcendence of the all the trappings of our mortal coil was helped by Jesus this part part god being which makes as much sense as the puritans hats with the fucking buckle on it. I don’t know anyone who is part Human part god, aside from this one stripper but it was just a special part.
Consequently balls deep in our social conditioning is this dichotomy between
- the inner life & the outer life
- Men and Women
- Man and Nature
For me church and religion have nothing to do with God or answering the deeper question about one’s existence.they are a social entity and as a social entity they are concerned to a large degree with securing their customer base and expanding.
My mother Theresa joke asks valid questions:
- What is a good person ?
- Can one judge what a good person is based on outward appearances ?
- What is it that we believe that a spiritual person has to be dress in bland apparel, has to be virgin or abstain from sex?
- What does it mean to be a saint ?
- Can you look to someone as a guide when their life has little in common with you ?
Not many people in the world take a vow of celibacy and live the life of a nun or a brother or a priest. If Mother Theresa talks to me about “love” what does it mean? What can I take away from that? I can understand how important it is to serve others,
which is why I let my lady… . How does a person relate to the Mother Theresa’s of the world who the various socio-religious institutions tell us are the examples we should follow ?
This isn’t a knock on Mother Theresa at all this is calling into question many things – how we as humans gather meaning from the world, the psychological ramifications of raising someone to a saint and I can go on but I wont. All that and more from what seemed to be a ‘dirty joke’
Some Joke Telling Observations
- People who are very dogmatic in their beliefs do not have a well developed sense of humour
- Comedy/Humour is an amazing tool for catharsis, and for analysing the situation we find ourselves in as individuals and as a collective
- Most people are not grown up enough in their 30’s or 40’s to talk about sex, and all that is taboo I feel many of us are like children that never fully grew up under the exterior of an adult
- Almost anything you say at any moment can be a serious offence to someone, and they are likely going to spend so much time yelling that they will not have a clear understanding of what you are saying, now ill they care to try and understand
I’m not saying that every joke is a polished gem of necessary satire. For example this comes from a post I wrote but never published because it can appear I’m being a bit of a dick :
All works of literature are like a Taylor Swift album in that they are about someone leaving usually after coming unexpectedly when they shouldn’t have, or they are about someone returning after leaving unexpectedly doing something they shouldn’t have. Actually you may not think so at first glance but Ms Swift herself is the perfect literary analogy like the Trojan Horse of legend, a lot of men came inside her bringing her fame and notoriety and bullshit albums.
Anyways that’s it,
Whaddya think about jokes and in particular bad ones?