Thursday, June 17, 2010
You will go blind if you do that!!
Stuff bugs me sometimes. I try to hide it, turn the other cheek, ignore it, suppress it, or fixate on it incessantly if none of the previous options have worked. The one bugging me right now is that I'm going to hell.
That's right folks, I'll be right there with you getting the old un-lubricated pitchfork. Yippie.
Ok seriously, I had another one of 'those' conversations with someone that I just have to share.
I had just admitted I was poly in a mixed crowd. Yes, I know, mistake #1 most probably. The inevitable questions about threesomes, group sex, and all that yummy stuff were being tossed about and I was answering (defending?) myself as best I could. One young lady whom I don't know well said something like, "So you sleep with different people at the same time?"
Me: Yes. Well, not at exactly the same time but essentially, yes.
Her: Don't you worry about disease?
Me: Yes, which is why we are very careful.
Her: Well, that's how diseases are spread.
Me: -puzzled look on face-
Her: That's like masturbation. You could go blind.
Me: -mouth now hanging open, puzzled look still on face-
Her: Okay, you won't really go blind.
Me: Oh good. . .
Her: But you are going to hell.
I had thought she was pulling my leg but at that point I realized she wasn't. This woman truly believed that I would go to hell for acting contrary to what some religions dictate is appropriate behavior.
Now, you are probably wondering about the rest of the conversation but there really wasn't one. I've engaged with people in the past who have what I consider to be illogical beliefs. The result usually is that although logic doesn't support their position they refuse to abandon it for more solid footing. I end up using logic to argue against the position "That's just how it is, no matter what you say". Much like trying to eat a soup sandwich with your fingers. I have learned from those experiences so instead of trying to argue the point that I'm going to hell I will accept it as predestined, unavoidable, and possibly even karmic in nature. I'm going to enjoy it!
Until the day I am removed from my earthly body I will be the best hedonist I can. I will still squish bugs that catch me by surprise or are particularly aggressive about injuring me. I'll continue to drive a vehicle that burns fossil fuels until something better is invented, drink alcohol, smoke, eat foods I enjoy, and use foul language when cut-off on the freeway. And yes, I will continue to have physical relationships with more than one person at a time.
Maybe the next time I see the woman mentioned above I will also have a new response for her; "The God of which you speak loves all of his/her children and I was theoretically created in his/her image so I think he/she will completely understand how I can love more than one person at a time. And if by chance I am wrong, and your God wishes to judge me harshly for how I have loved in my life, I will beg only for him/her to withhold forgiveness. For his/her Heaven (or Nirvana or whatever) is not a place where I would want to exist."
So raise your hands folks. Who else will I be spending time in hell with? All poly's go to hell, right?