Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Company You Keep

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," dedicated silly Paganism since 2005! Some people only think they hear the Horned One whispering in their ears. I'm taking it to a whole new level, people. Here I am, taking His advice on how best to proceed in this and every other dimension!

Today's sermon: Is it bad to be bad?

The trouble with many people is that they can't distinguish between bad and evil. Any rule broken, any convention challenged, it's evil. Having a great time in a very rowdy way? Evil! Saying what's on your mind, even if it's an inconvenient truth? Evil! We should be serious. Uphold all standards of social respectability. And to whom do we look for those standards of respectability? Why, nice, church-going middle class white people, of course!

BAMP! Wrong.

Suppose we stop the clock for a day or two and allow The Horned One to call the shots. See, I know this Guy. He's a misunderstood bored god. Yes, He is going to encourage you to be bad. But no, most emphatically no, He is not going to want you to be evil. He wants you to have the time of your life, without harming yourself or anyone else. Yes, sadly, he wants you to overlook what might happen to the quality of the upholstery on your favorite ottoman. Stains happen. But they're stains, not sins.

People think the Horned One likes to lead young innocents astray. In my experience, there's no need of a deity to do the pushing when it comes to lust, especially in May. On the other hand, it's convenient to have Someone to blame it on when you creep off into the woods with a cutie. Devil made me do it, dontcha know.

Truth is, the Horned One doesn't make you do anything. He encourages you to enjoy yourself. My friends, our time of life is short. Let us all have fun being bad! And heck, if we stay outdoors we won't even threaten the purity of the chintz!

7 comments:

Lori F - MN said...

Where as Christians beg God to 'lead us not into temptation'
What kind of god is that?
Shouldn't they be asking go be guided away FROM temptations?

Just one of my pet peeves

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

send him to my house..I love encouragement.

Teacats said...

From the delightful and very wise May West:

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I haven't tried before"

"I generally avoid temptation -- unless I can't avoid it"

"Its no sin to crack a few laws now and then -- as long as you don't break any"

"To err is human -- but it feels divine"

Cheers to the Month of "Yes, You May!"

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That is a FABULOUS photo! You should hang an 8x11 of it in your living room.

M Pennanti said...

Someone pointed out to me when I was little that, as the Father of Lies, Satan was also the Father of Stories. It made a definite crack in what I was being taught.

Also, this picture makes me think of the priest on an interfaith apple-picking trip in college, taking a very, very pointed picture of ME picking an apple and smiling at the camera. (in my horns, natch.)

Intense Guy said...

*giggles @ YDG's comment*

You DO bring up a point... why didn't God(s) arrange things so we could simply just enjoy things?

Wizardess said...

I b'lieve I witnessed that photo! :)