OLIVES – FRUIT OF LIFE, KNOWLEDGE, LIBERATION AND LOVE
Many of us look at this coming January 20th as a day of liberation. We
voted for President Obama because we believe that what is most sorely
needed is the ushering in of a new age,
In this new age, we hope
to see the rolling away of a curtain that has been placed over so many
areas of knowledge in the luddite hope that people would remain forever
ignorant of various scientific potentialities and of information that
would enable them to make more informed choices about how they go about
managing many aspects of their personal lives. Religious fanatics
sought, many times with success, the suppression of such things as stem
cell research, and birth control and sexually transmitted disease
prevention information. Women were, in the belief of these people,
supposed to subjugate them selves in all things to some biblical role of
servant to men; to remain silent; to obey; to conceal themselves lest
they stimulate in male psyches and egos a lusting after intimacy. Men,
on the other hand were simply admonished not to “sin” in protocols that
rarely involved punishment for them where the infractions were against
the interests of women. In some extreme “cultures” if a woman is
assaulted by a man, it is the woman’s fault, and her family may kill her
for having been assaulted and bringing dishonor upon them. Women in
these cultures are regularly mutilated in their genitals to prevent
their ever deriving pleasure in intimacy. Children are only to be taught
creationism, and evolution, not mentioned in the Bible with sufficient
specificity for the fundamentalist mentality to be able to sort it out,
is to be deleted wherever possible. The world, according to the “family
values” constituency is a snap shot and not a moving picture, and the
snapshot of what God supposedly wants from you was taken during the
short period of the earthly life of Christ.
The more educated people
become, the better able they are to make intelligent decisions for
themselves. They no longer need to be ruled and regulated with harsh,
judgment inhibiting regimentation. Those who live to tell others what to
do and not do abhor education. Education deprives them of their victims.
They need a world of ignorant people whom they may direct to whatever
ends they believe should be served. The ends which these people seek are
all too frequently unjust, unfair and oppressive. Fundamentalists love
to attack, verbally and physically, those with other views. Wars of
mindless slaughter are waged over opportunistic doctrinal differences.
Always in the background may be heard the contrapuntal rhythms of
fundamentalist self serving and profiteering on the backs of their
“followers”. There are very few poor religious leaders. God mongering is
always lucrative. If you want to find the motive for the action, follow
This bleak interregnum in
the march of enlightenment is, we hope, over. It will be over in the
sense that individual respect and freedom born of access to information
will loosen the bonds of fundamentalist, evangelic oppression.
To be sure, like any
liberated oppressed people, there will tend to be an initial period of
excess in which the deposed fundamentalists will proclaim “See. We told
you this would happen”. That celebratory explosion will resolve in the
short term to more mature and reasoned enjoyment of the privileges of
sentient living. Hopefully we can keep the fundamentalists under their
rocks for a very long time.
The world is celebrating
the liberating potentialities of this American election. The enlightened
world really does want to get along with a strong, free and beneficent
America that does not believe that there is some divine right to
regulate by threat and by bribery, with the phony pretext that there is
consensus where no consensus really exists; but there is pretextual
consensus as long as money is attached to adherence to the regimen being
promoted. For $ 10,000,000,000 a month, the government of Iraq, for
instance, pretends that American military presence is helpful to the
resolution of their internecine disputes. If the money were to
disappear, they would gleefully return to slaughtering each other over
religious differences, Shiite versus Sunni and tribe against tribe, as
they have always done. They can then go back to their common bond being
their mutual hatred of everyone else. The sooner they return to their
natural selves, the more easily will lay the heads of the rest of us. We
have no business placing our armies in their midst in some ridiculous
attempt to Westernize and democratize them. If they wanted that, even
for one moment, they could bring it about themselves just like everyone
else has done who wished for that kind of society.
With the advent of a less
threatening America will come – we hope – a recognition of lessened
threat and a return to doctrines of mutuality of consent and mutuality
of prosperity. Those who claim to love peace must recognize that
prosperous people usually do not threaten their neighbors. It is the
impoverishment of ideals and economic security that most frequently
becomes a casus belli.
Like all sacrificial
celebrations, something consumable becomes symbolic of the movement. I
nominate OLIVES. Olives bespeak eternality. Olives abide. Olives move
from bitter to delicious with exposure to sun and to tender loving care.
Olives fit in everywhere. Olives enhance meats and cheeses. Olives
symbolize enlightened romantic enhancements of life and art. Olives come
in all sorts of gastronomic configurations. They enhance every occasion,
from romantic picnics to the dry martini.
I have configured a
recipe for the olives of Aquarius. I present it as a variant for your
delectation as you enter this new and hopefully happier time. Like all
recipes, I do not claim it to be original with me. I am certain that
someone, at some time, has done something similar in the past.
Mix together in a very
decorative bowl the following:
3 cups of first cold pressed
extra virgin olive oil.
To this add three cloves of
fresh minced garlic, a teaspoon of coarse sea salt, a tablespoon of
coarse ground black pepper and a pinch of fresh Greek oregano. (What?
You don’t have ready access to fresh Greek oregano? Uproot yourself and
your family immediately and move to where you do have access to fresh
Greek oregano. Grow your own!)
Add the zest of two lemons and
one orange (some planed zest and some the minced product of a channel
Add a half cup of minced sun
Stir that together and allow it
to macerate for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Obtain from a Middle Eastern
grocer a quart of their “olive medley” mixture of various kinds of
olives – do not include any highly seasoned or citrus marinated olives.
Among these will be small black and green olives and larger black and
green olives – as you enjoy this for some weeks and months, you will
change the olive blend to your own tastes. Mix these into the olive oil.
As you enjoy them from day to
day they will become more delectable, and you will find you are eating
them even for breakfast with bread and cheese. Put the bowl on the table
at every meal and at every wine enjoyment occasion.
Place the bowl, covered,
in the fridge every night and take it back out in the morning to come up
to temperature. Replenish the dwindling supply every week as you consume
them more aggressively.
You will find that you are changing
your diet to include more foods that go well with these olives, and that
the dietary change is a more healthful and delicious approach to your
I wish you all long life, good
health, love, good music and much sunshine.