Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Thinking themselves wise, they became fools.

This painting is Dante and Virgil in hell by one of my favorite artists, William-Adolphe Bouguereau. It came to mind when I read that the DC City Council has voted to legalize gay marriage. This is a cause that means diddly squat to the lives of most of the inhabitants of my childhood home. DC has high crime, high poverty, schools so bad that no-one under the age of 45 can remember when they weren't rotten, and the highest rate of AIDS in America.

You could visit hell bringing a ladder, a rope and wings and no-one there would notice. The inhabitants are too busy wallowing in their own anguish and hate of themselves and everything else that the light of hope couldn't penetrate their minds. Of course, being in hell they have no other option but to torment themselves. I don't know what the DC Council's excuse is.


Lynne said...

Stupid question...why would Dante and Virgil be in hell?

It's unspeakably sad that a city council can ignore its citizens who need real help and do this stupid symbolic act for the yuppies in their community.

Dymphna said...

Dante was just visiting and Virgil was his tour guide.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

And Dante wrote the story, and was presumably sifficiently close to Feeneyism to consider Virgil had been damned for not becoming a Christian but remaining a Pagan.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

... even if Virgil died before Christ.

"It came to mind when I read that the DC City Council has voted to legalize gay marriage."

So that gays and lesbians can be equal? They were already!

The Weed : Club Unicorn: In which I come out of the closet on our ten year anniversary


The Weed : Thank You Club Unicorn

Neither civil registrar nor anyone in Mormon Temple told him "you can't marry her, because you are gay!"

UNFORTUNATELY I have seen Catholics arguing as if Catholic priests should.

Assorted retorts from yahoo boards and elsewhere : "Invalid thread": Is marriage of two people, one or both of whom is homosexual, but of opposite sex possible?