posted on May, 21 2009 @ 01:28 PM
Rituals bind people together in a common cause. Power cords can also be used to bind people together in captivity, though must people use them to bind
devices into an electrical outlet that if deprived of causes life for most people to grind to a halt.
I tend to believe most rituals remind humans of their inherent frailties and their somewhat precarious place in a big world, and bigger universe with
so many parts of both beyond their grasp and complete understanding that vex them and cause them pause to worry and feel threatened by the very
existence both real and imagined the lurks beyond and in the great unknown.
What rituals remind people of the most though is there is strength in numbers, safety in the herd that they are not alone thinking believing,
wondering, hoping and fearing the things that they do. It reminds them of the fact that they have comrades and that people similar to them see the
value in the same things that the ritual entails.
Knowledge is the greatest power above brute force, guns, coercion, intimidation, bribery, gifts, and love. Knowledge literally means knowing how to
acquire, when to acquire, how and when to use all those disparate things that often result in the same outcome, many rivers one sea.
Ritual is often about imparting that knowledge only to be imparted to members of that group with the belief that the knowledge being shared through
the ritual not only binds them all together but protects them and gives them an edge and a leg up on securing their place and path moving forward
armed with it. Sometimes that knowledge binds them all together in a conspiracy in how that knowledge will be used to the groups advantage and
security. Sometimes it’s because that knowledge in the wrong hands might be used for an entirely different purpose than those who have discovered
and formed it. Sometimes it’s because that very knowledge could expose the group’s biggest weakness and lead it to its undoing. One way or
another, Rituals often come complete with secret knowledge, through a shared learning and discovery process that binds the group together.
Probably the greatest power and mystique of ritual is using those natural primordial elements like fire, water, wind and earth to first remind the
group as individuals how small and relatively ineffectual they are in the grand scheme of things, promoting the value of being in a specific herd over
another for their own protection and well being.
Take the primal elements out of it, and you have 217 more shopping days to Christmas.
Yule was a lot more fun, and the variety of mushrooms served with the feast created a spectacle you won’t find in General Electric Christmas Tree
lights or CBS Christmas Specials with Burl Ives. Though I tend to think they are classics! The candle light (with real candles) Christmas Eve Church
ceremony, it’s none of my business since I am not a Christian, but that one is a keeper!