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Flesh and Blood


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Flesh and Blood

Includes bibliographic references. 1. Human behavior 2. Psy-

chology 3. Social Psychology I. Anonymous
BF121.F56 080 LCN 80-65769
ISBN 0-936618-01-9

The knight of the sorrowful countenance

For as the sun is daily new and old,
So is my love still telling what is told.


But now I’m going to be immoral; now
I mean to show things really as they are,
Not as they ought to be: for I avow,
That till we see what’s what in fact, we’re far
From much improvement with that virtuous plough
Which skims the surface, leaving scarce a scar
Upon the black loam long manured by Vice,
Only to keep its corn at the old price.


I must be cruel, only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.


(Your tale, sir, would cure deafness!)



Every individual needs revolution, inner division, over-
Throw of the exiting order, and renewal, but not by forcing
these things upon his neighbours under the hypocritical
cloak of Christian love or the sense of social responsibility
or any of the other beautiful euphemisms for unconscious
urges to personal power. Individual self-reflection, return of
the individual to the ground of human nature, to his own
deepest being with its individual and social destiny—here is
the beginning of a cure for the blindness which reigns at the
present hour.


(Sebastian: Well, I am standing water.

Antonio: I’ll teach you how to flow.)


Thus the soul, since it is immortal and has been born many
times, and has seen all things both here and in the other
world, has learned everything that is. So we need not be
surprised if it can recall the knowledge of virtue or anything
else which, as we see, it once possessed. All nature is akin,
and the soul has learned everything so that when a man has
recalled a single piece of knowledge—learned it in ordinary
language—there is no reason why he should not find out all
the rest, if he keeps a stout heart and does not grow weary of
the search, for seeking and learning are in fact nothing but


Turning back is how the way moves.

Lao Tzu

In view of the structure of the body, it would be astonishing
if the psyche were the only biological phenomenon not to
show clear traces of its evolutionary history.


The ability to know the beginning of antiquity
Is called the thread running through the way.

Lao Tzu

There probably exists in the mental life of the individual not
only what he has experienced him self, but also what he
brought with him at birth, fragments of a phylogenetic
origin, an archaic heritage.


What if the entire intrauterine existence of the higher
mammals were only a replica of the type of existence which
characterized that aboriginal . . . period, and birth itself
nothing but a recapitulation on the part of the individual of
the great catastrophe which at the time of the recession of
the ocean forced so many animals, and certainly our own
animal ancestors, to adapt themselves to a land existence
. . . to renounce gill breathing and provide themselves with
organs for the respiration of air.


Thinking in pictures. . . in some way, too. . . approximates
more closely to unconscious processes than does thinking in
words, and it is unquestionably older than the latter both
ontogenetically and phylogenetically.


I met a man who lost his mind
in some lost place I had to find.

Leonard Cohen

From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made


In recollection all former births passed before His eyes.
Born in such a place, of such a name, and downwards to
His present birth, so through hundreds, thousands,
Myriads, all His births and deaths He knew.

Life of the Buddha

Tibetan Book of the Dead

First Witch.
Round about the cauldron go;
in the poison’d entrails throw.
Toad, than under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter’d venom sleeping got
Boil thou first I’ the charmed pot.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.


Therefore, if we look far enough back in the stream of
time. . . judging from the social habits as man as he now
exists. . . the most probable view is that primaeval man
aboriginally lived in small communities, each with as many
wives as he could support and obtain, whom he would have
jealously guarded against all other men. Or he may have lived
with several wives by himself, like the Gorilla; for all
the natives “agree that but one male is seen in a band; when
the young male grows up, a contest takes place for mastery,
and the strongest, by killing and driving out the others,
establishes himself as the head of the community.”* The
younger males, being thus expelled and wandering about
would, when at least successful in finding a partner, prevent
too close interbreeding within the limits of the same family.


Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry;
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

J.O. Halliwell

The harems of the southern elephant seal likewise involve the
separation of the females into groups when they go ashore to
have their young. Those observed by Matthews in South
Georgia contained from 2 to 30 females per male, the average
being between 12 and 20. Here again the males having
adjacent harems fight violently in defense of their property
and drive away bachelor bulls that frequent the beach
around the edges of the harems. When one of those
bachelors approaches, the harem bull throws back his head,
roars while inflating his proboscis, and opening his mouth
utters a series of muffled bellows. Usually this display of
might is enough to scare off the intruder, but sometimes
there is a fight. Then, face-to-face, the two males rear up as
high as they can, mouths open and proboscises inflated,
trying to tear at each other with their upper canine teeth. If
one of the animals loses his balance while fighting, the other
throws himself upon the foe, biting him in the back and
neck; the wounds thus inflicted may be six inches across.

Francois Bourliere

(His biting is immortal; those that do die of it do seldom or

never recover!)


All that we find there is a violent and jealous father who
keeps all the females for himself and drives away his sons
as they grow up. This earliest state of society has never
been an object of observation.


In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin
Before polygamy was made a sin.


In the rites of the Kakaua and the Tani the lads are
supposed to be swallowed by a monster who is induced by
the sacrifice of many pigs to vomit them up again. In
spewing them out of his maw he bites or scratches them,
and the wound is circumcision. These and similar examples
of which an abundance has been quoted by Frazer and
others speak in favor of the primal meaning of the puberty
ritual that boys are supposed to be eaten and then un-
swallowed. But the educational purpose of these rituals is
to intimidate the young man and to frighten them away
from the temptation to attack the generation of fathers.


The chiefs of the Upper Uelle invariably had a great number
of so-called wives. N’yangara, the paramount chief of the
Mangbettou, had no fewer than 500. . . these ladies, whose
ages ranged from twelve to thirty, all resided in a village
built around the principal residence of the chief, and in that
settlement no man except the personal attendants to the
chief was allowed to reside.

Burrows, 1903

Eventually, however, when handed a pipe of tobacco, he
disclosed the fact that both his hands had been cut off at
the wrist. Being the son of a powerful chief, I naturally
asked him for an explanation. He then told me that his
hands had been cut off by the command of his father, who
had suspected him of an intrigue with one of his wives.

Burrows, 1903

And the man that lieth with his father’s wife had un-
covered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be
put to death; their blood shall be upon them!

Leviticus 20:11

In one case the Mangbettou chief N’yangara had reason to
suspect an intrigue between one of his sons and one of his
more useful wives. . . the son was brought a prisoner and
bound to one of the big poles supporting the huge grass
building which served as a council hall. The woman was
next produced, and was obliged, on pain of death, to
mutilate her co-offender. The trophy was nailed to the
erring lady’s doorway, where it remained as long as the
woman continued to be a member of the community.

Burrows, 1903

(O proper stuff!
This is the very painting of your fear.)


For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the
iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and
fourth generation of them that hate me.

Exodus 20:5

It must also be borne in mind that in the course of cultural
development no other function has been so energetically
and extensively repudiated as precisely the sexual one.


Experience must have taught educators that the task of
moulding the sexual will of the next generation can only
be carried out by beginning to impose their influence very
early and intervening in the sexual life of children before


. . . you yourselves have all been children and as
children were subject to the influences of education. For
it is indeed one of the most important social tasks of
education to restrain, confine and subject to an
individual control the sexual instinct.


Soap and education are not as sudden as a
massacre, but they’re more deadly in the long run!

Mark Twain

Almost in the cradle they give us heavy words and values.
“Good’ and ‘evil’ they call this dowry. For its sake we are
forgiven for living. And to that end they call little children
to themselves, to forbid them in good time to love


(That skull had a tongue in it, and could sing once!)


Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood
of every one of its members.



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