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I didn't even know that hornets made honey, that's how uncultured I am.
but I thought women were pretty much property for a long time (and still are in some places).
originally posted by: Expat888
@ Serdgiam .. look at it as more of a temporary setback .. never give up as long as you draw breath .. face the obstacles life throws at you head-on ..
In aikido there are some sword techniques .. though to understand the sword fully its better to study iajutsu ..
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: guohua
Sorry, I've been out all day.
Gladly, but what's the question?
What do you think? Did Christianity have a part to play with all the pampering and pedestaling? (My spell checker didn't like that one.)
You've got the Virgin Mary starting things off, and all those Knights in Shining Armor who were always pledging allegiance to some fair maiden and fighting to the death anyone who insulted her.
"It is a serious thing," says Lewis, "to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.
All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.
There are no 'ordinary' people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations -- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit -- immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.
This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously -- no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.
And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner -- no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment."