Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virile. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched. —
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via tierdropp)
Virginity is a social construct. Not a scientific fact.
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Desperate Catholic Church Now Offering Sainthood To Anyone Who Regularly Attends Weekly Mass
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If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. — William Blake (via ivarsnotes)
Kurt Gödel: Suffering from increasing paranoid delusions, Kurt is admitted to the hospital at Princeton University. With his only friend, Einstein, dead many years, the reclusive, brilliant logician starved to death - by refusing to eat. At the time of his death, Kurt weighed 68 pounds.
Kurt discovered the Incompleteness Theorem: "Informally, Gödel’s incompleteness theorem states that all axiomatic formulations of include undecidable propositions (Hofstadter 1989). This is sometimes called Gödel’s first incompleteness theorem, and answers in the negative asking whether mathematics is “complete” (in the sense that every statement in the language of can be either proved or disproved).”
Perhaps the most astounding and revolutionary concept in hard (and soft) science since Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Read it here: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GoedelsIncompletenessTheorem.html
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