Monday, August 29, 2011
The previous post was my last until the beginning of October. I am going to be away from base and unable to post. With 290 posts there is plenty of material for guys to reflect on and possibly make further comments on. I am grateful to all the interest that has been shown in this blog. The monthly pageload is currently hovering around 3,200. I guess that will drop off while I am away, but everybody will be welcome back.
An extract from my journal. The ancient cult of masculinity is a true form of chastity. It can be the matter of our consecration by vow, just as much as abstinence from heterosexual activity. I believe in the cult of masculinity as a correct and enriching expression of my consecrated celibacy. As such, and through what it is as an ecstatic way, it is a privileged means of union with God. The cult of masculinity is my chastity. That is my gift and so am I dedicated. The ancient cult of masculinity needs re-discovering and re-habilitating after two thousand years of unmerited and senseless repression by the Christian tradition. It is perfectly compatible with the Christian message and expressive of the Christian value of chastity. The pursuit of this Christian oppression has resulted in a world of men who feel obliged to regard their masculinity as something they did not ought to have, and, in particular, did not ought to share with one another.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I read in the Wikipedia article on Christianity and Homosexuality that “For those who accept that Christians can be homosexual, the sexual ethic aspired to corresponds to the model indicated in scripture and the tradition of the church for heterosexuals; this entails commitment and fidelity expressed through monogamy and life-long partnership or union.” That is the way the article sums up its overview of the Christian position, after examination of all denominations, on homosexuality. This I think is a terrible mistake. We continue in our internalized homophobia until we have recognized that homosexuality is a totally distinct good and value from heterosexuality.
It is interesting too, the way that article in Wikipedia starts its summary statement: “For those who accept that Christians can be homosexual…”. As though there was a possibility that Christianity exclude homosexuality altogether. Unfortunately, there is an element in many of us that kind of pushes us towards the idea that homosexuality, in itself, is totally unchristian. This we have to unlearn.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tim’s comment on my post “The Sabbath for Man” raises some interesting questions. He talks about vocation. I think each of us has to work out for himself what his personal vocation is according to how he perceives he has been created. The gift of enhanced masculinity is not imparted to every male, but to those to whom it is imparted they will have a mission to use it. This will be different for each person. Then Tim goes on to the received practice of ascesis, consecrated by two millennia of conviction in the Christian Church. The aim is, in fact, variously expressed. Some of it is aimed at assuring the spiritual man’s “apatheia”, passionlessness, but sometimes you get the impression that this spirituality is trying to make men as close as possible to the angels and to God, by encouraging men to live as though they had no bodies, like God and the angels. Now, this search for freedom from the passions is influenced by Greek philosophy, but as a pursuit of the asomatic it does not fit so well with those who serve a God Incarnate, a God with flesh. Tim talks about the process using the Greek term “theosis”, becoming like gods. That invokes in me the thought that I cannot think of anything more godlike than a man fucking a man. In saying which I am certainly reviving the ancient cult of masculinity, but I hope I am also Christianizing it in the context of a God present in human flesh.
Friday, August 26, 2011
My eye fell on St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. In Chapter 4 he says that God wants us to keep away from fornication, which is “porneia” in the Greek. He then encourages his readers to know how to respect, honour and regard as holy the body that has been given to him. He does not want people to let themselves be taken over by the passion of desire. His complaint is that the pagans do this. He implies that, if the pagans knew God they would not do this, but would fit in with Paul’s respect for the self-controlling principles of stoic philosophy. But then I think he comes to what really interests him in the Christian context. What Paul means by control of the passions, as distinct from the Greek philosophers for whom he has great respect, is that no man dishonour and defile his body by taking advantage of a brother in the matter of “porneia”. This to me, in our modern context of Enhanced Masculinity speaks a powerful message. It is like: “Enjoy your erotic manplay, guys, so long as you always respect the other guy’s choices and freedom. In that way you will not defile him or yourself, nor offend God who calls us to be holy and makes us the dwelling place of his Holy Spirit.”
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Matthew 12:1-8 just struck me in a new way. The original idea of the Sabbath was that you rested on the seventh day and gave your attention to God in recognition and thanksgiving for his work of Creation, he himself having rested on the seventh day after completing the work of Creation. Over the centuries the legalizers got to work on the idea of the Sabbath rest, first working out that opposed to rest was work, so work was against the law of Sabbath rest, but then got to niggling about what constituted work and what didn’t. By Jesus’ time they had that pulling a few grains to eat from ripe corn while walking through the fields constituted work and so you broke the Sabbath rest by doing it. Today we would laugh, but there were times and people that took this sort of thing seriously. Jesus showed where he stood. His only law was the concern and compassion and well being of people that he called mercy. Christians are meant to do what is good for people, not just to burn themselves up in self-restraining gestures that go nowhere outside of themselves.
I think this has something to say about the development of ideas in the Church on homosexuality. Somebody at some stage got the idea that sex was indulgent and needed controlling. To be really virtuous you needed to admit it into your life grudgingly when you wanted to make children. A kind of process of one restriction leads to another and, in the end, everything is restricted. To this mentality homosexual activity was just outrageous. Unfortunately there are a lot of people around who still think like this.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Somebody quoted Thomas Merton on listening to the rain and being transformed spiritually by the experience. I thought we could find similar meditative richnesses in our experiences of masturbation or playing man to man.
“What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone in the forest at night, cherished by this wonderful, inintelligible, perfectly innocent speech, the most comforting speech in the world, the talk the rain makes by itself all over the ridges, and the talk of the watercourses all over the hollows. Nobody started it: nobody is going to stop it. It will talk as long as it wants this rain. As long as it talks, I am going to listen.”
Reading this text of Merton’s seemed somehow to stimulate somebody else to reflect on the Catholic and Buddhist traditions of meditation. The principle is to focus on the present, on the reality before us. How about if this reality is Cock?
This other person wrote: “In the Catholic tradition, this practice of meditative attention to God’s presence everywhere has been called the sacrament of the present moment. In the Buddhist tradition, attention to the now is called mindfulness. It is one of those key areas in which the great spiritual traditions converge, teaching us that focusing on the present, on the reality before us, is not only a source of inner peace but also an encounter with the infinite. Mindfulness requires a bit of practice; rain, falling naturally, requires no effort except our appreciation of what happens in the moment.”
We sure need to learn to bring that type of attentiveness to our Cock action if we are to realize ourselves as enhanced males.