December 7, 2016
A GOLDEN chalice, like those used in Catholic rites, but having three linings, was given to me in my sleep by an Angel. These linings, he told me, signified the three degrees of the heavens – purity of life, purity of heart, and purity of doctrine.
Immediately afterwards there appeared to me a great dome-covered temple, Moslem in style, and on the threshold of it a tall angel clad in white linen, who with an air of command was directing a party of men engaged in destroying and throwing into the street numerous crucifixes, bibles, prayer-books, altar-utensils, and other sacred emblems.
As I stood watching, somewhat scandalised at the apparent sacrilege, a voice, at a great height in the air, cried with startling distinctness: “All the idols He shall utterly destroy!” Then the same voice, seeming to ascend still higher, cried to me: “Come hither and see!” Immediately it appeared to me that I was lifted up by my hair and carried above the earth. And suddenly there arose in mid-air the apparition of a man of majestic aspect, in an antique garb, and surrounded by a throng of prostrate worshippers. At first the appearance of this figure was strange to me; but while I looked intently at it, a change came over the face and dress, and I thought I recognised Buddha – the Messiah of India. But scarcely had I convinced myself of this, when a great voice, like a thousand voices shouting in unison, cried to the worshippers:
“Stand upright on your feet – Worship God only!” And again the figure changed, as though a cloud had passed before it, and now it seemed to assume the shape of Jesus. Again I saw the kneeling adorers, and again the mighty voice cried: “Arise! Worship God only!” The sound of this voice was like thunder, and I noted that it had seven echoes. Seven times the cry reverberated, ascending with each utterance as though mounting from sphere to sphere. Then suddenly I fell through the air, as though a hand had been withdrawn from sustaining me: and again touching the earth, I stood within the temple I had seen in the first part of my vision. At its east end was a great altar, from above and behind which came faintly a white and beautiful light, the radiance of which was arrested and obscured by a dark curtain suspended from the dome before the altar. And the body of the temple, which, but for the curtain, would have been fully illumined, was plunged in gloom, broken only by the fitful gleams of a few half-expiring oil-lamps, hanging here and there from the vast cupola.
Clothed with the Sun
November 20, 2016
September 3, 2016
Diary 3rd September
Just a fistful of fast, challenging, hot-wired mind-bites!
Today, I don’t want sex, all that rough fucking and scrambling about in knotted sheets. I want the prelude. The slow kisses, the embraces, the fumbling hands inside lose clothing, the tentative touch. Then the sight of breasts gently spilling from lace cups, the tender caressing and stroking. I want the gentle biting, the heavy breathing and sighs. I want the pauses as you try to catch your breath…
Oh, my God!
Then I want the sex –
Tess Tee, profoundly bored in her marriage, her career – which is going nowhere fast – and in the role she seems stuck in, as plus-one and helpmate to a powerful old man. She’s bored, she’s nearly forty, and she’s all set to explode, or so she says.
She describes herself as ‘Petite ( 5’ 4” and 104lbs) Celtic Catholic with striking blue eyes, freckled skin, red hair and pink nipples.’ And Oh, yes, she has an intimate piercing; something arranged after a fractious, alcohol-fueled hen-night eight years ago.
She describes her fantasies: ‘I wear stockings only under my dress with spiky high heels. I expose myself ‘accidently’ in this seedy night club. Women, men they all see what I’ve got, you know. They see the gold ring down there…The idea of being exposed in public is a big turn on for me. Being bound, blindfolded, helpless and not knowing what’s coming next. Wunderbar! In a room with many men. Sexual servitude is compulsory…those men pinch me and pound me without mercy. God, they fill me with their filthy cum…’
Tess Tee’s fantasies remind me of Tamarind. In another time and place, she told me her sexual fantasies, which were medical in nature. Doctors and nurses – with Tamarind in the role of their helpless, vulnerable patient! ‘Open wide, please…’
C said ‘Peedeel can write a story based on your fantasies.’
I was surprised when Tamarind commissioned me to write such a story. But I agreed, and delivered it to her a couple of days later. After reading the story, she asked for others.
But poor Tamarind, with her gypsy heart and her longing to always be elsewhere, the little girl who’d never forgiven her father for dying and abandoning her, who remembered a time when the family doctor on a home visit examined her and fired her sexual imagination, died herself four years ago. Of cancer. So young, but so unhappy…Her short life packed with so much sadness.
Asked why I don’t believe in the Christian / Jewish / Muslim all omnipotent creator God – I have to say why would He / It, in His / Its infinite wisdom, create something as feckin’ useless, and at the same time nasty, as Philophthalmus lacrimosus?
And that’s without mention of Clonorchis sinensis, boys and girls.
September 1, 2016
The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, nor a place to invoke the sacred; the forest is sacredness itself. Nature is not merely created by God, nature is God. Whoever moves within the forest can partake directly of sacredness, experience sacredness with his entire body, breath sacredness and contain it within himself, drink the sacred water as a living communion, bury his feet in sacredness, open his eyes and witness the burning beauty of sacredness.
The Island Within
April 30, 2016
March 8, 2016
Diary 8th March
As usual, there’s a great woman behind every idiot…
Know what it means to come home after a hard day, to a woman who’ll give you a little love? A little tenderness, and affection?
It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s what it means…
(Cue laughter track)
God made man in his own image…so therefore God, by definition, must be ravenous, cannibalistic, vicious, and an egocentric tyrant…Did I mention fecking murderous, too?
Years ago I fell in love with Angela Carter. It was her photograph on the back of a Penguin book, “The Bloody Chamber” The stories and that photograph were all it took. Love at first sight…
I read “Sadeian Woman” back at the dawn of time. Here Angela Carter becomes a rigid ideologue, fervidly feminist, furiously antireligious. She sings the song of Sade’s “Juliette”, created as a counterforce to the submissive woman of myth and actuality – unlike “Justine”, the submissive sexual stereotype, the natural victim, “Juliette” is masterful, brutal, delights in cruelty and corruption. She is de Sade’s blow at the notion of women as pure and meek, a notion that has done much to perpetuate the exploitation of women over the years.
It is unfortunate that despite a number of shrewd insights into his work, Angela Carter hardly touches on the political ideas of de Sade. Instead he must remain the popular bogeyman of legend, imprisoned under a lettre de cachet obtained from the king by the Marquis’s mother-in-law! “Sade, as Angela Carter vaguely and perplexedly recognizes, was anything but a monster in his life. She notes, for example, that after being released from prison during the Terror and appointed a judge, he was sent back to prison for his leniency toward the accused who came before him; but she doesn’t draw the right conclusions from this.”
The point is that there was a greatly significant gap between Sade’s sexual writings and his actual nature…
In many ways, Sade was a startlingly modern thinker. He despised the notion that women were merely vessels for procreation and celebrated their orgasmic potential. He exposed the institutional misogyny around him. His libertarian writings alienated two kings, a revolutionary tribunal and an emperor. He spent most of his adult life under lock and key: if they couldn’t get him for being bad, being mad would do.
The Conservative party has a crick in its neck from looking backwards to a Churchillian- Thatcherite ideal. The Labour party, too, looks over its shoulder – the young and half-educated socialists permeate the internet with their dyslexic paroxysms of enthusiasm for their leader, an old man who stepped from the mists of neglect, his head filled to overflowing with nineteenth century class struggle, but who appears totally oblivious to modern society, with its consumer-based sexism, its exploitation of the vulnerable, and its rancid prejudice, now wonderfully window-dressed as nationalism…
And the Liberal party? What of them? I see them as a small group of nervous young men, half-afraid to have an erection…Ineffectual and lacking in identity.
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, one of the richest women in Britain, with a £467 million ($673.6 million) fortune, recently reported, “To the extent that business is not trusted by society, often with good reason, it is not good for capitalism. There is no excuse for that. A divided society against itself will not stand and it doesn’t matter if you’re in the top 1% or 0.001%. If the society around you is crumbling, you’re in a bad place.”
And that “bad” place may already be here.
According to an Oxfam report released in January, 62 billionaires own as much wealth as the poorer half of the entire world’s population. The wealth of the poorest 50% fell by 41% between 2010 and 2015. During this same period, those 62 billionaires increased their worth by $500 billion to $1.76 trillion.
January 25, 2016
Like the most of you, I was raised among people who knew – who were certain. They did not reason or investigate. They had no doubts. They knew that they had the truth. In their creed there was no guess — no perhaps. They had a revelation from God. They knew the beginning of things. They knew that God commenced to create one Monday morning, four thousand and four years before Christ. They knew that in the eternity — back of that morning, he had done nothing. They knew that it took him six days to make the earth — all plants, all animals, all life, and all the globes that wheel in space. They knew exactly what he did each day and when he rested. They knew the origin, the cause of evil, of all crime, of all disease and death.
At the same time they knew that God created man in his own image and was perfectly satisfied with his work… They knew all about the Flood – knew that God, with the exception of eight, drowned all his children – the old and young – the bowed patriarch and the dimpled babe — the young man and the merry maiden – the loving mother and the laughing child – because his mercy endureth forever. They knew too, that he drowned the beasts and birds – everything that walked or crawled or flew – because his loving kindness is over all his works. They knew that God, for the purpose of civilizing his children, had devoured some with earthquakes, destroyed some with storms of fire, killed some with his lightnings, millions with famine, with pestilence, and sacrificed countless thousands upon the fields of war. They knew that it was necessary to believe these things and to love God. They knew that there could be no salvation except by faith, and through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.
Then I asked myself the question: Is there a supernatural power – an arbitrary mind — an enthroned God – a supreme will that sways the tides and currents of the world – to which all causes bow?
I do not deny. I do not know – but I do not believe. I believe that the natural is supreme – that from the infinite chain no link can be lost or broken — that there is no supernatural power that can answer prayer – no power that worship can persuade or change — no power that cares for man.
Is there a God?
I do not know.
Is man immortal?
I do not know.
One thing I do know, and that is, that neither hope, nor fear, belief, nor denial, can change the fact. It is as it is, and it will be as it must be.
We can be as honest as we are ignorant. If we are, when asked what is beyond the horizon of the known, we must say that we do not know. We can tell the truth, and we can enjoy the blessed freedom that the brave have won. We can destroy the monsters of superstition, the hissing snakes of ignorance and fear. We can drive from our minds the frightful things that tear and wound with beak and fang. We can civilize our fellow-men. We can fill our lives with generous deeds, with loving words, with art and song, and all the ecstasies of love. We can flood our years with sunshine — with the divine climate of kindness, and we can drain to the last drop the golden cup of joy.
Robert G. Ingersoll
The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol 1: Lectures
January 17, 2016
“But, as I understand it, your God is a universal God; He is God on all suns and all planets. Surely, then, He must have universal form? Would it not be a staggering vanity to imagine that He can manifest Himself only in the form that is appropriate to this particular, not very important planet?”
The Midwich Cuckoos
December 7, 2015
Spontaneously, without any theological training, I, a child, grasped the incompatibility of God and shit and thus came to question the basic thesis of Christian anthropology, namely that man was created in God’s image. Either/or: either man was created in God’s image – and has intestines! – or God lacks intestines and man is not like him.
The ancient Gnostics felt as I did at the age of five. In the second century, the Great Gnostic master Valentinus resolved the damnable dilemma by claiming that Jesus “ate and drank, but did not defecate.”
Shit is a more onerous theological problem than is evil. Since God gave man freedom, we can, if need be, accept the idea that He is not responsible for man’s crimes. The responsibility for shit, however, rests entirely with Him, the creator of man.”
The Unbearable Lightness of Being