ThreE Wives and a HusbanD?
Take My Wives, Please-
HBO examines a whole other set of family values in an enthralling new show about polygamy
We all knew it was just a matter of time..
Three's Company. Ellen, Will and Grace,Brokeback Mountain...and now..
"Early in Big Love (HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m. E.T.),...He's got three wives, three mortgages and seven kids...
When we pitched the show," says Mark V. Olsen, the co-creator with Will Scheffer, "it was with the caveat that we had no interest in milking the sensational or tawdry or salacious."............Rrright..
"They also didn't want to write an advertisement for polygamy, which in real life has been associated with child abuse.(Although practiced by early Mormons, polygamy is banned by the church, the show notes in a disclaimer.) Bill was abandoned by his polygamist family as a boy, only to return to his religious roots in midlife. "He's on a spiritual quest," says Paxton"........(Hmmm aren't we all ?).... "His core belief is that we're put on this earth to procreate. He's a healthy apple tree, and it's his job to produce healthy apples."
"Yet each woman has thought-out reasons why polygamy works for her, and their partnership combines traditional religion with countercultural idealism about plural marriage. The wives are, literally, married to one another--"not in a sexual way, which will disappoint a lot of our male viewers," says Goodwin."
(And how are we supposed to react to that little piece of perversion?)
"If you're waiting for a wink or satirical nudge, it's not coming. Surprisingly for HBO, which has never exactly courted family-values conservatives, Big Love, for all its R-rated content, takes its deeply religious characters on their own terms. Olsen and Scheffer, both coastal gay men--"We're not red state, Mark and I," Scheffer deadpans--have invested their milieu with a sense of place and unsarcastic wholesomeness. "So much of this country has become subsumed by mass culture," says Olsen."
Two homosexual men creating a show about a man married to three women. What is wrong with this picture?
Now I know "good" and "evil" are unpopular terms these days..So if those words offend you in any way..the exit is thatta way - - - - - - - - - - - - - >
But it has been my understanding that.......
The ability to decide what is good and what is evil, is the function of a certain type of moral "understanding." The better and deeper the understanding, the greater the ability to recognize right from wrong. So, in a sense wisdom can be defined as the ability to distinguish good from evil. And ultimately -This is what we rely on for the survival of a culture.
Naturally distinguishing good from evil is crucial for any community which is why religion has historically been the foundation of our communites. It was religious leaders' obligation to help guide its citizens as to which behaviours were good,or virtuous, and which were sinful,or evil.
If a given society continues to uphold and refine its manners, customs, and ethical traditions, it is extending its ability to distinguish good from evil, and ascending.
If, however, a society abandons its customs, rituals, manners and moral traditions it is not only losing wisdom and facing moral depravity,- it is actually embracing evil.
And now yet another taboo fractured. Another mile marker of the popular culture -the celebration of decadence and immorality.
What do you reckon is the sequel?...Two brothers married to their twin sisters?
After all ..who's to say "incest' is evil?
Protests?..Outcry from the public? Boycotts for HBO?..None.
A clear indicator of public temperature, no doubt.
Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical or it will cease to be culture.
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