Excerpt from Living Under the Influence

Aside about Alternate Lifestyles

I cannot be held responsible for the fact that when I encountered various authority figures from organized religion, they pursued alternate lifestyles, whether they be gay, SMBD, sex addicts—you got the gist—often against the teachings of their flock and themselves, and therefore rendered them harmful hypocrites.

I would have taken the gay out of there but they preached so vociferously against that “lifestyle choice” and then went out to get a men’s room blowjob or three, it upset me for their hapless victims. But my writing about this not isolated custom was not to paint a one-sided picture, it just happened.

I had no prejudices, as I said, against any form of sexual expression as long as both people were happy. Magicians had no moral code, only an ETHICAL one. Most organized cults/religions obviously don’t quite get finer distinction. Vows like kindness and loyalty, as I said, remained real to us, not telling other people how to screw, and whom to marry.

Magic, I learned, was based on pledging an oath to a Higher Power, and surrendering your ego nature to that Self. Not that you would work for the sick no matter what it took but then ignoring them when you lost the interest of the press, but still filling your own coffers. That bothered us, even when it came from a supposed “Guru,” or New Age Life Coach.

But back to Gene, with whom we both had a bad case of puppy love: the Priest and the High Priestess. What hubris!

Comments
  1. P. says:

    Hi, Ro – I read this. What is it you were having problems with? Everything looks good. I have one small edit –

    Not that you would work for the sick no matter what it took but then ignoring them when you lost the interest of the press, but still filling your own coffers.

    It should be — Not that you would work for the sick no matter what it took but then IGNORE them etc. You would ignore them, not ignoring… and probably “but still FILL your own coffers” — but since you put a comma after press, filling would probably be correct as well.

  2. Exactly right, Penny. So good to have a good friend and a good editor.

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