Sunday, January 30, 2011


--Saint Rosalie Interceding for the
Plague-Stricken of Palermo
, Van Dyck

Coleman, you think like a prisoner.
You're white as snow and you think like a slave
--The Human Stain
, Phillip Roth

If you got the time

I'll give you some money

To buy a dirty mind

--Dirty Mind
, Prince

Cleanliness is next to godliness (approx.)

--Rabbi Phinehas ben-Yair


As a follow-on to the earlier post, which got us thinking about sin, salvation and civilization.

Ranger opines that civilization did not begin with music art or literature, but rather, the discovery of soap. We came to realize we were unclean and set out to do something about it, ca. 2,800 b.c.e. in Babylon (according to the soap Wikipedia entry). From that discovery, the newly clean man needed to tend to what must be an equally filthy interior, hence religion.

But like Lady Macbeth, some stain always remains, hence the big business in all things personal care and church. Thus, all progress in civilization can be linked to soap and the use thereof.

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