Friday, April 4, 2008

Tangential thoughts

I've been reading some Greek and Roman mythology, recently... and if you examine those family trees, you discover one thing. They were all incestuous... and Zeus is one randy old fellow. Almost every other goddess in the pantheon has a little link to Zeus, and some child by him. Not to mention the countless children he had by mortal women, several of whom wanted nothing to do with him, a problem he solved very simply, by raping them. (All of which is a sort of slap in the face for Hera, his wife, the goddess of Matrimony). Anyway, one begins to think about incest. Of course it's bad from the point of view of the gene pool and all that... but why is it morally wrong? That's just society's way of making it taboo, I suppose. From the zoological point of view (of which I am very full at the moment due to a large dose of Desmond Morris) it makes sense to but strong cultural barriers on incestuous behaviour, because it endangers the 'pair-bond', a necessity for the stability of human society... but as seen from Ape and primate point of view, there really is nothing wrong with incest. Slimy thought though. Or is that just social conditioning? *grins* In other news, I met Ari again, after a long time... well, about a week. Also Confucious. Had a nice day. Bureaucracy is tiring. Poor Ballerina. She spent so much time waitig for her hall ticket. I hope she and the Aged One managed to get theirs. Ari and I randomly went to McRennet and reminisced (something we're good at) about when we were small and they had those fly-killing neon light things in McRennet... we drank ginger beer, and ate pizza with onion and fake cheese (spelt 'chesse') and laughed madly about absolutely nothing. Nice day. Hugs and bugs.

5 comments:

Nowhere Man said...

We're also very good at reminiscing about, umm, ten months ago :)
And that ginger beer, or alternatively, 'Ginger, Beer Flavour' was absolutely brilliant. Who needs alcohol? :)

Roshan George said...

I'm not the expert on this, but I'm pretty sure there are pheromones that make incest just not happen. Like we just don't feel like sleeping with someone who's very closely related.

I'd like to think that what happened is that all those people without this mechanism just died out of haemophilia. Ah, a comforting thought.

Daughter of the Night said...

I'm not sure about that. (the pheromones, that is)

It would make sense, but incest still happens rather a lot. Read 'Bitter Chocolate'. Extrememly depressing book, but the point is, it happens often. Too often to be dismissed as an aberration. (Not often reported...) And then we have the latest news of that Austrian chap....

dark said...
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dark said...

Life is extremely stubborn and it always tries to find a way but at the same time it is extremely fragile and must abide by certain strict rules to make it.
Incest is not only disastrous for the variation in the gene-pool but it also prohibits significantly the migration of the younger generation to new territories.
So in any species the incestuous individuals will perish fast and the message will be clear for the species....much like a young one learns not to eat certain fruit or touch some poisonous insects....
However I don't really how big a taboo it is in "sex-addict" ape societies like Chimps....in humans it is true that our gene pool is extremely small and no wonder we had to make a big taboo just to survive.
But certainly the (pervert!!!!) idea never left us and we immortalized it in mythology all over(and now in the internet)...look at hindu/greek mythology for example....
The fact that sexuality/ sexual consciousness develops so late in humans and animals ( and that it is such an easy multi billion dollar business) indicates that it is definitely the most complicated biological & psychological phenomenon that we are yet to fully understand in-spite of its apparent simplicity.