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God believers and particularly their neglected children
fall prey to dehumanization
by coercion and/or Pavlovian conditioning,
are reduced to pleasure seekers,
and become increasingly more dependent
on supplies of sexual stimulants ('masturbatory aids' like pornography
and /or partners temporarily able to satisfy the insatiable hunger for promiscous sex).
Created this way physical dependency on own brain chemicals abundance
opens gates wide to alcohol and drugs abuse and addiction
as well as a variety of other addictive products
that finally take control over people's freedom.
Control of Sexuality
Sound societies prevent dependency, fight addiction.
Corrupt societies destroy their most vulnerable members by facilitating dependencies and addictions
Per aspera ad astra. No pain, no gain
고통이 없으면 얻는 것도 없다
Has a virgin reached adulthood and marriageable age?
Go marry!: "And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry."
'To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time'
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.
Robert Herrick: Hesperides; or, the Works Both Human and Divine of Robert Herrick, Esq. (1648)
<Herrick was probably inspired to write "To the Virgins" by a line from a Latin poet named Ausonius (c. 310–395), who penned the following line:
Meaning of the poem:
analysis and interpretation by Shmoop Editorial Team
"Collige, virgo, rosas, dum flos novus et nova pubes,
et memor esto aevum sic properare tuum."
(...) "Maidens, gather roses, while blooms are fresh and youth is fresh,
and be mindful that your life-time hastes away."
Even though "To the Virgins" encourages the virgins – and by implication us, its readers – to take advantage of the opportunities they have, we shouldn't take this as an encouragement to go totally crazy. By the end of the poem it becomes clear that the speaker wants the virgins to get married while they're still eligible, attractive, capable of bearing children, etc. – that's what he means by "gather ye rosebuds while ye may."
It turns out, in other words, that the poem is about participating in what was – in the 17th century and even now, for a lot of people – an important religious ceremony and sacrament (marriage). Anything that might seem too wild and crazy is reigned in at the end of the poem by an overriding spirituality, a promotion of marriage, and a suggested equivalence between it and being "merry."
The "rosebuds" of the first line ("Gather ye rosebuds while ye may") are the equivalent of your dating opportunities. Just like flowers, they won't be around forever, so you should probably take advantage of them while you can. The speaker tells the virgins that they should "gather" their "rosebuds" – get married – before they get too old.>
Shmoop Editorial Team. "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds)" Shmoop University, Inc..11 November 2008. http://www.shmoop.com/gather-ye-rosebuds/
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