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Pharisaism

noun: 

  1. the doctrine or practices of the Pharisees, especially strict observance of the traditional and written law.
    • the quality of being self-righteous or hypocritical.

I remember a time when carpet burn on your knees was a badge of honor. A war wound if you will. A mark that signified that you didn’t just lie there (staring at the ceiling). You were an active participant in the kink. (or, I suppose, fighting for your life)

Now, having racked up a fair amount of seniority, the only thing carpet burn is a sign of (these days) is that you misjudged your entry into the bouncy castle (chasing your daughter and nephews) and got roasted for your efforts… which in turn led to a hobbled gait back towards the grown-ups table to drown your sorrows (with a caffeinated beverage), the taunts of the little people ringing in your ears. You don’t even care that you’ve lost a flip flop… the goal is only to sit down, before you fall down. And also not to cry.

It was my youngest daughters baptism this weekend. And associated (and probably mandated) family social that follows these types of events.

It is one of those occasions where I like to limber up, take up a good solid stance (somewhat like a sumo wrestler) and bear hug the hypocrisy for all its worth. Coming from a staunchly Catholic family its easier just to go with the flow.. than to become antagonistic to it all. When picking hills to die on, I generally fold early on, choosing not to expire on any particular mound of principle.. Being a gutless atheist is just easier on everyone concerned. Right?

I mean I got a few jabs and shovel hooks in there. I categorically refused to attend the baptism course required for parents… led (almost comically) by my parishes most zealous ideologues. (who as I understand it have disowned their son for marrying a black girl). Ha ha. The female in this dogmatist duo even commented during the coursework that ‘The lord had not blessed her with grandchildren yet’. (my wife told me… one of us had to attend) … which is quite weird considering I saw their son, with his dark-skinned consort pushing a perambulator through the mall not so long ago.

We also got our kicks in more subtle ways. Choosing non-Catholic godparents. Which is frowned upon. Also my brother-in-law is gay. I think they still care about that sort of thing right? I’m not super current with church doctrine these days.

But yes. I am a massive hypocrite.

Choosing the path of least resistance and otherwise acting out the roles required of me. The opportunity cost of course would be a less craven persona. But that would cause me all sorts of other problems. Chief among them a very difficult working relationship with my parents. And really… I guess when deciding between principle and ease of living I’m inclined to take the low road.

7 Comments

  1. Over Soil

    October 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    As long as it isn’t hurting anyone (is it?).

    1. Over Soil

      October 22, 2019 at 6:33 am

      Trouble is deep down I have to agree with Gandhi though, in that “A “No” uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a “Yes” merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.’

      1. Jo

        October 22, 2019 at 7:51 am

        I know. I also have to agree with you.

        Deep down.

        Very, very deep down.

      2. Over Soil

        October 22, 2019 at 9:04 am

        I feel a poem coming on about living in a castle, being able to chose to sit in the dungeon or looking over the parapet or plant a kitchen garden and blossoming where you’re planted.

  2. The Pink Agendist

    October 21, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    I’m a specialist in Catholic religious baroque art 😁, also a gay atheist.

    1. Jo

      October 22, 2019 at 7:51 am

      Gay Atheists are the best!

      Either the best gays. Or the best Atheists. ha ha.

      I’m embarrassed to say I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between baroque and renaissance.

      In fact when someone says Baroque to me I think of Gaudi. Lol. Yes… you can judge me.

  3. Over Soil

    October 22, 2019 at 6:40 am

    p.p.s. You know sensei I had to look up the word craven right? and now I know.

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