I believe that the most profound aspect of my continuing pursuit to be an increasingly competent human being is that over the last 15 years I have come to the point where I can no longer fathom–and barely tolerate, anymore–how it is that people can be so submissive to various self-proclaimed authorities.
Don’t get me wrong. Authority can be perfectly valid. Parents have authority over their children. Adults, to some extent, possess valid authority over all children in certain contexts. And then there are various forms of authority provided by mutual consent (employee/employer; teacher/student; etc.).
But I look around today, and I swear to God that I see almost no adults anymore. It seems to me that virtually everyone in the world is seeking some authority somewhere to tell them what to do about just about everything. Jesus Christ already; Grow Up, people.
Now here’s a couple of examples of what I’m talking about. I have two links, both of which go into some detail about what sorts of sexual practices are allowed or not allowed on the part of religious practitioners. There’s also a juxtaposition. Apparently, anal sex between a married couple is "undesirable" but ultimately OK, according to primitive Muslim clerics. On the other hand, official doctrine of the enlightened Catholic Church holds that a wife giving her husband a hummer is a "serious sin." Go figure.
Of course, from my perspective, none of it is particularly absurd and it’s completely logical given the premises people accept. You have to understand what it’s about. It’s about establishing authority, obedience, deference in all matters–even the most private and personal. Accordingly, the only real essential is to forbid something that lots of people will find pleasure in doing. And, of course, many will do it anyway, feel guilty, and you’ve got clay in your hands. Yea, I’ve posted about all this before–recently, even. It’s so formulaic. So obvious. Yet billions of people all over the world fall for it every day, over and over.
What’s absurd is that people think that they need any of this. They don’t. They don’t need one goddamned jot of it. I mean, it is so amazingly ridiculous to me that living, breathing human beings can actually bring themselves to ask some parasite in flowing robes, some bureaubot, some politician, some guru, some elite professor–or Oprah–what they should do and how they should live their lives. How they should fuck, for Christ’s sake.
Jesus. I live in a goddamed world populated by the equivalent of billions of shy and introverted tweenage girls with "self-esteem issues."