Okay, so I've been searching for this story for ages and ages and it took me a while to find it (No idea why, but nevermind). I'm not expecting much, but the people who believe religion is a reason to not legalise it, please read it and if nothing else, at least thing on why you believe it shouldn't be. And for the people who embrace it and embrace equality, then pass it on, so other people can read it too, and hopefully open peoples eyes. It's a Greek myth, told by Aristophanes. So, here you go:
In the beginning there were three parents: Sun, Moon, and Earth. Each produced an offspring, round and otherwise like itself. From sun was produced the man; from earth, the woman; from moon, the androgyne. Each of these three was a double, one head with two faces looking out in opposite directions, four arms and legs, and two sets of genitalia. They moved about on the earth with a great deal more freedom and power than humans do now, for they rolled-ran hand over hand and foot over foot at double speed.
One day, these fast, powerful, but foolish creatures decided to scale Mt. Olympus to attack the gods.
What should the gods do to show the foolish humans the error of their ways? Should they shoot them down with thunderbolts? No, they decided, too boring. They'd done that before to the giants. Besides, who would pour out libations and offer sacrifices to them if they destroyed their worshipers? They had to devise a new punishment.
Zeus thought and thought. Finally he had a brainstorm. Humans weren't a real threat, but they did need a dressing down. Their arrogance would be checked if they lost their speed, strength, and confidence. Zeus decided that if they were cut in half, they would be only half as fast and half as strong. Even better, it was a re-usable plan. Should they act up again, he would repeat the operation, leaving them with only one leg and one arm each.
After he revealed his plan to his fellow Olympians, he asked Apollo to join him in putting it into effect. The king of the gods cut the man-man, woman-woman, and man-woman creatures in half and Apollo made the necessary repairs. The face, previously facing out, Apollo turned inward. Then he gathered all the skin together (like a purse) with an opening in the middle as a reminder to mankind of his earlier state.
After the surgery, the half creatures ran around frantically looking for their other halves, seeking them out, embracing them, and trying to join together again. Unable to join, the creatures despaired and began to starve to death in their sorrow. Zeus, again mindful of his need for worship, decided something must be done to recharge the creatures' spirits, so he instructed Apollo to create a means to rejoin temporarily. This Apollo did by turning the genitals to the belly side of the body.
Before, mankind had procreated by dropping seed on the ground. This new system created an interesting new means of producing offspring.
The creatures who had been double women before, naturally sought out women; those who had been androgynous, sought out members of the opposite gender; those who had been double men, sought out the company of men, and not simply for intercourse, but so they could become whole again by being rejoined with their soul mates.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 2 of 2
01-03-2013 10:03 #1Senior Member
- Join Date
- Aug 2009
The end to religion being an argument against legalising homosexual marriage.
01-03-2013 10:07 #2
I love this! I really do think we have a soul mate out there, the other half of us.
I have heard this before and it's so true :-)
I can't help who I love, I just know that I love her and wouldn't want to live without her
By Asandford in forum Adoption / SurrogacyReplies: 2Last Post: 02-10-2014, 19:09
By HopingForBetterTomorrows in forum Issues with Family MembersReplies: 29Last Post: 14-01-2013, 00:28
By Pax in forum General ChatReplies: 38Last Post: 10-04-2012, 13:03
Impressionable KidsImpressionable Kids are Australia's leader in framed children's memorabilia and specialise in framed baby hand and feet ...
LATESTToilet training: when is the best time to start?Why it is OK for your child to be differentWhat is a blessing way? How is it different to a baby shower?
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
ConfusedConception & Fertility General Chat
Situations - ok or not ok?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Would you delay TTC because first child is starting first year of school.General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
IVF babies due March/April/May 2017#2pregnancy and babies through IVF
What are our chances??pregnancy and babies through IVF
Miracle March TTC and Testing ChatConception & Fertility General Chat