Shabbat Shalom: Friday Night Musings

Against the backdrop of apocalyptically alarming news, I share the musings below to amuse and hearten myself and my readers.

  • How to Achieve Supreme Enlightenment: Instructions from Robert Anton Wilson — “All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense. If you repeat this 666 times, you will achieve supreme enlightenment…in some sense.” Learn more in Maybe Logic: The Lives & Ideas Of Robert Anton Wilson (2003)
  • Was King James Gay? Bill Donahue, a mythologist-preacher cites sources suggesting that King James, who commissioned the King James Bible and to whom it was dedicated, loved men and had sex with them. At the age of thirteen, James fell madly in love with his male cousin Esme Stuart whom he made Duke of Lennox. Apparently, not everyone agrees. See alternate theory here.
  • Can Anal Plugs Help with Spiritual Practice? Men of the Chagga tribe wear an anal plug all their lives. Through this religious observance, members of the tribe seek to symbolically seal up the anus and transcend their need to defecate. Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death examines the psychology of this attempt at a triumph over physicality.

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