I used to have a friend who had a super-religious mother from a South-American country. I don't know, she might have been Catholic or something like
that. She used to pray at the table, and often do this gesture thing where you would draw the cross by kissing your hand, touching your forehead and
then each of your two shoulders whenever it was warranted.
I don't know if anybody knows but Hispanic countries have many super-'religious' people.
Anyway, one day when we were in 8th or 9th grade, I guess between 12 and 14 years old, me, this friend, and a bunch of other people decided to cut-out
of school with some girls and hang out. We waited until my friends mother (the super-religious person I spoke about) left for work and then we went to
his apartment with the bunch of girls. We had almost exactly one girl for each guy. We bought a bunch of alcohol - wine coolers for the girls, and
beer and hard stuff for the guys. We got some music going and had a party. Anyway, we all got pretty wasted. I paired up with this one particular girl
I already knew from school - lets say I did not go 'all the way', but I got somewhere.. it being amongst some of my earliest sexual experiences.
Others were peeking into the bedroom occasionally and chuckling. I don't know what was going on in the other rooms but things were going on.
We all had a blast and afterwards we cleaned up and tried to leave the apartment the way it was.
That following morning, about 1 am or 3 am in the morning, she (the religious mother) called the mother of another friend freaking out in hysteria.
She insisted to that friends mother that she come over and witness these horrors. Her voice was in hysteria and she was out of control, and I think my
friend with the religious mother was even beaten by her.
So anyway, my other friends mother goes over to their apartment and she (the religious mother) says, "Look at this !!!". She points over to a potted
plant. Inside the potted plant sat a used condom, and unfortunately, yes, the condom even had a little semen in it. She was freaking out! She began to
yell at her son in front of my friend and his mother, and even beat him a few times in front of them.
The mother of my other friend was actually relieved to see that we were using condoms and she tried to appease her with words of consolation.
Actually, my friends mother thought the whole thing was pretty funny, and she and her son had a good chuckle afterwards. Anyway this was a really
funny story at the time and we used to tell it to other friends. Unfortunately, it was not funny at all for my friend who had this crazy-religious
mother, and actually, he had a very difficult childhood with this mother and had a lot of pressure growing up.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of how 'religious' people can be. Some will even go so far as to flail and whip themselves out of guilt, until
they bleed when they have any sexual thoughts.
These sort of mental constructions hearken to a time of medieval Europe or even earlier. I can imagine the pressure some people used to live through
with these sort of beliefs.
(So now to the topic of the post..)
My hypothesis is that with people, having to live through hundreds, or thousands of years of these pressures gave birth to other cultural phenomena
that opposes or counters these pressures. The Christ giving birth to the anti-Christ so to speak. Through the revulsion of this sort of prudish and
'do-gooder' behavior (which may have been viewed as unnatural), gave birth to the opposite, due to the natural inclination to rebel against it. Maybe
as a sort of act of rebellion to counter the prude, "do-gooder", I will have the most outrageous sex ever, and in the most perverse ways, and I will
not do good, in fact, I will do "bad", really "bad". I will kill just for fun, and drink their blood, etc.
Maybe just as the medieval Christian beliefs and culture was too "Off-Center" from the natural world, it resulted in an opposite rebellious response
from the culture living in that world to oppose it, and stand up against it. However just as the medieval Christian beliefs and culture was too
"Off-Center", so became the culture that opposed it.
I was fortunate in a sense to have grown up with one foot in the Western world, but to also have my other foot in the Eastern world. The Eastern world
also has its problems, and delusions, but seeing Western culture from the perspective of the Eastern world allowed me to see these problems. For
example, in Japan and other Eastern countries, when people want to have sex, they have sex. There is no guilt associated with it, and there is not
even the slightest notion of it being bad. And because there is no pressures associated with sex, people have it, and its done, its no big deal, and
if people have babies, then they have babies. And due to there being no pressure or guilt associated with sex, there is also no 'perverse'
counter-culture to oppose or rebel against the prudishness, and much less over-indulgence in sex. Its just something people do, and it is no big
Sex is only one aspect in how these religions have affected our culture, and we can use it as model to analyze how it has affected it in other aspects
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