Tuesday, October 20, 2015

the Elysian Fields of the tallywacker

This morning on a Buddhist chat board, I found myself interested in a tongue-largely-in-cheek appreciation of penis size as, for example, represented in "The Creation of Adam" by Michaelangelo:
Ever the helpful servant, the Internet coughed up a myriad of appreciations of the pecker in the arts. Skimming down it made me think that even in the august realms of art, man has far too much time on his hands when it comes to making up philosophies and meanings.

Still, when it comes to story-telling and self-aggrandizement, the penis as a focus for explanation seems as good a starting point as any. What a wondrous and disastrous piece of gadgetry that is.
Greek culture has left a legacy in terms of portraying penis size as small in art. Although Greeks have demonstrated an interest in the genitals, but they were not preoccupied with size. This coincides with the nature of the Greek art as Greeks considered a large phallus to be humorous, and their art was supposed to be austere. In the arts, small penis identified the ideal or intellectual aspect of the human male, whilst in theatre for example, the person playing the "fool" role wore something like an oversized phallus to indicate his stupidity, the idea being he was therefore closer to animals and less human than his opponent.
The Jesuitical tendrils of meaning and understanding positively pour forth from one appreciation of the penis to another. But as always, with all stories, the question stands adamantine at the finis point: What would you know if you knew it?

"Finis?" ... really?

Big pecker, little pecker; heavens rife with gods or devoid of holiness; church and state in peace or at war; a mountain of sorrow or bright flash of wondrous joy; elevate or demean it; be smart, be stupid; find meaning or lose it ... what would you know if you knew it?

Oh well. One thing you've got to give stories ... there's no shortage and they can be a lot of fun. I, for one, wish I had been the guy/gal who made up the word, "tallywacker." It's a smile word in my book and I like to smile.

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