Friday, October 11

The Communications Room

Istanbul, Women pray separately in the Blue Mosque.
Do women have a separate channel to the spiritual world? So many religious sects conclude that the male pipelines sit somewhere apart from the female. Do they head off in different directions? Run parallel? Is one vertical, the other off into some fifth or ninth dimension? As the West seems baffled around the edges by gender, much of the cultural worlds are emphatic about their strict definition and distinct differences even when it comes to divine communication. If one can use the prefix "co", before that word at all.

Up there are three devout people working to meld their beings with the infinite as they've been taught to understand the way this stuff works. They're devoted to processes that are pretty ancient for us humans. I wonder if the crowd that built, say, Stonehenge, understood different gender channels to the divine? And are we the first to atomize those genders or did they have dozens of networks on their prayer comm-sets?

Or... maybe... in the clichéd words of horror-creature movies.... "Professor be careful: There are some things that man was not meant to meddle with?"

GEEK STUFF: Canon 70D through its  EF-S17-85mm glass handheld then posted in PSCC 2019. I got permission to take these shots from that male official you can see in the upper left and lower right squares after he studied my media credentials. Nope, he did not demand a tip. 

6 comments:

Cedric Canard said...

I am not much of a religion expert when it comes to its cultural aspects but wouldn't the segregation of genders have more to do with removing temptation and helping devotional focus? You know, because us humans are such base creatures driven so easily by our nether regions. And with males being the most easily distracted, it may be why they tend to be at the front while females are at the back :)

Ted said...

Well, perhaps, but even though you’re probably right any sect’s theologians has to design a more rigorous cover story. After all the genders are their creator’s creations and how to explain that the divine code either contained an intentional weakness, or worse, a bug in the code? Nope the revealed truths had (have) to have a theologically rigorous cover exposing gender role or paths to salvation. And indeed the Christian Bible goes on at length about those different roles. The OldTestament, I understand is an incorporated scripture in the Koran. Sooooo... regardless of theological underlayerments, it’d seem that there are doors to heaven one marked men, the other women. Huh?

Ted said...

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Cedric Canard said...

Bug in the code? Have you been to the movies or read a book of fiction? As creators ourselves (after all, we are built in god's image), we are only interested in creating flawed characters and when a flaw is intentional then is it a bug? If you were going to create a simulation and watch it for an eternity, would you create characters that act out the ideals of left-wing liberals or would you create characters that act like actual left-wing liberals? ;)
The gods have a twisted sense of humour. It is best for us Sims not to take life seriously. :D

Ted said...

:-) okay, flaws make for plot lines. But so to do bugs, huh? Darn, now you’ve got me wondering... 1. Are flaws and bugs the same thing? And 2. If they are intentional... well... are they neither flaws nor bugs? And if not... What? My head hurts!

Cedric Canard said...

For what it's worth, I would say that in a story, a character's flaw is something that will draw the reader into the tale, either through sympathy or disdain. A bug in a story, is the equivalent of a plot hole which takes the reader immediately out of the story. Flaws are a requirement, bugs are mistakes. We need to remain in the story, not be ejected out of it. Lest we go mad. Or become enlightened. Which may be one of the same.
My son is a creator of stories (he has written a number of novels including a trilogy, a series comprising of 13 books and three novellas) and even though he never knows where the story will go, what characters will be introduced, how they will develop or which will die, they all have delicious flaws, each shaped by the story and their personality which my son assures me, is not of his making. But these characters are among the best I've ever read (parental bias aside). They feel real and allow me to connect with them because of their flaws and weaknesses (as much as for their virtues and strengths). I feel the same way about the characters in this story we like to call life. It is the flaws in people that fascinate me the most.
Flaws can make me feel connected, compassionate, inferior, superior, or whatever. Bugs on the other hand only leave me frustrated and letdown. Whoever created this simulation called life, I'm sure they really want to avoid bugs, but man, they really like flaws in humans ;)