When I look around my house and see how messy it is I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack
Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.
A mature person does not fall in love, he or she rises in love. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. Now they cannot manage and they cannot stand. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have the integrity to stand alone.
A mature person has the integrity to stand alone. And when a mature person gives love, he or she gives without any strings attached to it. When two mature persons are in love, one of the great paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone. They are together so much that they are almost one. Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. Only freedom and love.
—Osho (via babyheroin)
To say that marriage ‘has always been between one man and one woman’ betrays an astonishing ignorance of history – and yes, the Bible. Polygamy has been legally recognized for millennia; for Mormons and Muslims, for example, polygamy is traditional marriage. The Biblical view of marriage is, to put it mildly, not terribly comforting; women were defined as property on a par with donkeys (Exodus 20:17), a woman, (but not a man) could (should!) be executed if not a virgin (Deuteronomy 22:13-21). Virtually all the Biblical patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, even Moses, David and Gideon) were polygamists. King Solomon had over 700 ‘legal’ wives. One of the Biblical ‘perks’ of conquest was the ‘ownership’ of any captured ‘virgins’ (Numbers 31:1-18). The Biblical ‘definition’ of marriage was very simple; a man could have as many wives as he could afford.
My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern.