Monday, January 24, 2011

Orthograph #117 - Orthodox Marital Fantasies

14 comments:

Jeff said...

I love this.

wifie said...

Actually, I've never had those thoughts. :-)

James the Thickheaded said...

I guess this graphs look very different if drawn by only-children as opposed to those who actually had real live siblings. The first set looks like a painting that'd be part of Rousseau's "Peaceable Kingdom" while the second looks something like a photo from the movie set of "Stalingrad".

Nope. Living as husband and wife beats the sibling thing. There may even come a time when - not dependent on monks to write their hagiography - we see actual saints lives where the couple sticks with the husband and wife bit as more salvic than joining a monastery! Wow! Imagine that! Of course, modesty would still keep it from reading like a lurid novel. But that's okay. Most marital life reads more like we're holy and/or wholely fools anyway.

Cameron said...

Yeah, another "Never thought about going there, never gonna" right here. Not even tempting.

Anonymous said...

for those of us with some blend of devotion and monastic escape fantasies but who wound up married for the good of our souls.

Peter and Felicity said...

I would like to agree w/ James. I think someday we'll see hagiographies of married saints who lived as married saints. God did bless the union of Adam and Eve. In fact, the only "not good" of Creation was Adam's state of being alone.

Also, never even imagined a world of living as brother and sister with my DW.

Ingemar said...

What? I ain't marryin' my sister. (Partly because I'm an only child).

Anonymous said...

My wife and I live as brother and sister. We argue over the TV, argue over the bathroom......

s-p said...

@wifey, except maybe for those 3 days after I put spices in your stew while you were out mowing the yard. :)

...and I'm not EVEN going to make a joke about how it goes in Arkansas Orthodoxy..... :)

Tim said...

"
...and I'm not EVEN going to make a joke about how it goes in Arkansas Orthodoxy..... "

And now I cannot help but try to invent Redneck Orthodox jokes. Thanks bunches!

Lvka said...

Well... try puttin' this into a graph... :-)

s-p said...

Lvka, I actually remember that post from years ago. I actually have a podcast that pertains in general to the concept of the "canons as laws". While your blog post reflects the general fasting rubrics divorced from all other personal human considerations, rubrics are not our spiritual fathers any more than the Physician Desk Reference regarding discreet symptoms is our personal doctor. I'd have to say that if the "fasting rules" keeps someone out of "Orthodoxy" then they have Orthodoxy wrong.

Lvka said...

Lvka, I actually remember that post from years ago.


It was THAT traumatic, wasn't it? :-)

s-p said...

Lvka, LOL! Yeah, some things you just can't forget. :)