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May 15 17 6:50 AM

Thanks for the chart Barbara. That one is going up on tumblr, for sure.

Theologically speaking the chart is actually very interesting. From my reading of Christian theology only one interpretation makes sense: Jesus came to the conclusion that the old law was impossible to uphold and would therefore have to be replaced by a new covenant based on Love.

Salvation or damnation therefore becomes a matter of your ability to love others ("your neighbour"), and not the ability follow every letter of the law. This is why he constantly challenges the law oriented Pharisees, interpreting the essence of the law rather than the letter. So lusting after a woman becomes infidelity, not only sleeping with her.

"And if your eye causes you to fall into sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell." As far as I know, none of Jesus' supporters did pluck their eye out, so I guess they got the message: You will sin, regardless, so maybe some humility is in place.

It seems to me much of contemporary American Christianity has been taken over by the other party, which is why you there -- like in the fundamentalist Hinduism and the extremism of Wahhabis and ISIS -- find people desperately clinging to strict rules and regulations, laws that are to bring some kind of order into their lives. These are basically people who are unable to accept the diversity of life and who because of this anxiety have to force everyone else to believe exactly as they do.

What they do eventually come to believe in, is often random and based on prejudices handed down from one or more fanatics from history. The cherry pick bible verses and sutras that fit these prejudices and disregard the rest. There is one common denominator, though: Sex and gender. Sex is dangerous because it is a basic instinct beyond social control, and gender because they see the binary as the very foundation of their limited view of culture and society.

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See what happens if you try to get rid of gender, and make everyone roughly an equal in all ways... it's pretty dull.

I like that there is a lot of dimophism, it makes things a lot more interesting

It just kind of sucks to be stuck so precisely the wrong end of the bell curve.
(See, they just can't seem to get away from the idea that they are resposible for shaping their childs personality, and it's considered 'high status' for a girl not to be too feminine, but not high status for a boy not to be masculine).

So what feels really good is 'bad' and even a 'sin', and what seems logically right is 'wrong', and it's all really confusing.
Coz it just seems like so much of what you want is what you can't have, and so much that is expected of you is what you either don't want, don't care much about, or can't figure out how to do anyway, and then you find you've neglected a lot of the skills that you might have had, had you not been so scared of the impact your behaviour would have on those around you.

See also: Facial correlates of sexual dimorphism used to diagnose 'autism'
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