A Drink of Hot Wax


Before I left New York City (I’m out of town, remember?) I went out to eat with a friend. We had the best ginger and carrot dressing, ever! But this post is not about that. I’m actually going to show you something I had already chosen not to. I didn’t care for the memory it evoked…

Then Carmi published Thematic Photographic 217: “Drink Up,” and the playful sweetness in his tone when he said, “I didn’t really want to spend a dozen and a half hours suspended above the planet with an alcohol-fed headache,” brought the picture to mind without making me want to hurl. So here it is:
You are probably wondering why such a lovely picture would inspire nasty feelings in me. Well, it is not the image itself, but what happened a few moments before I took it. I was standing near a church, waiting for my friend to get off work.

There were homeless people walking around, begging. An old man, whose scent pricked my nose before his words touched my ears, asked someone walking into the church for a dollar. The church patron let loose a storm of curses that left me a bit surprised. I mean, most people have the decency not to curse in front of a place others consider sacred, right?

Anyway, I followed the curser into the church—I’m not sure why. I guess I wanted to know what he was going to do inside. He walked to the back of the building, purchased a candle from the church shop, placed it next to the bunch that was already burning, and said a rather loud prayer about world peace and world hunger. I wanted to smack him.

When he turned around, I was staring at him. I’m sure the look on my face wasn’t friendly. My eyes probably called him hypocrite and my scowl voiced my disgust. Today, Carmi’s photo prompt—the arrangement of the cups—reminded me of the picture. It made me wonder, if the church patron believed that he could offer a drink of hot wax in exchange for world peace and food for all.
The candle burning at the top, alone, is the one the man added.
And this is “Some Kind of Thirst” by Carmi Levy.
Sweet, cool and soothing, isn’t it?
It washed away the nasty taste left behind by the church patrons waxy offering
Drink up, my Wicked Luvs ;-)

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46 comments:

  1. nice comparison, Magaly. the thirst for peace and happy people around... you know i got convinced that we ourselves have to do something to make difference between past and present (not sure about future though, as nobody knows). I personally can't rely upon God only, asking him all the time and giving in return just a piece if candle, that's true...

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    1. I think all gods begin in our hearts and brains, if we understand that we also understand that in order to embrace true divinity we must help those around us and not just expect that a higher power will do it for us. We, caring for one another, become that holy ear that listen and those hands that can get things done.

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  2. There are many many like this....sigh! No surprise there!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. So true... it was the reason why, at first, I thought it worthless to speak of the experience. So many people who act like monsters.

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  3. That was a very evocative post Mags... <3

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    1. Always glad to start a bit of good discussion... or critical thought ;-)

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  4. One candle/prayer wasn't offered in the proper spirit and it stands alone. Outside of the larger group, the group that asks the Great Spirit for peace and an end to hunger.

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    1. It is the same thing I thought, Francie. His candle looks as lonely and insignificant as the ruthlessness of his words, and the uselessness of the act that followed.

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  5. Sounds like he was merely a Christian for show, because that's What's Done. Such a stunted life.

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    1. I feel bad for the ones who get dragged through the mud because of pieces of garbage like this one.

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  6. i wonder if he got the irony of denying a man while walking into the building that supports the belief of helping hte less fortunate?? Or the fact that Jesus himself said never to deny the weakest of them all for he will dress as one and you will never know it was him??? hmmmmm don't you just love hypocrites??? Thanks for sharing Mags

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    1. I think he was so high on his almighty pedestal that he probably couldn't smell the stench of his actions. I'm sure, eventually, the stink will catch up to him. It always does...

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  7. The only thing worse than being a hypocrite is not even knowing you're a hypocrite. But on a happier note, I hope you're having a good time on your trip!

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    1. They say that ignorance is bliss, I say that stupidity should be criminal.

      I'm having a blast. Smiling like an insane Witch. Experiencing... living... sucking it all in ;-)

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  8. And the guy probably never saw the irony in his actions. what a pig. he can spend a dollar to say a prayer but can't give the same dollar to someone who so obviously needs it.

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    1. I'm always disgusted by this kind of things. I know that all dogmas and beliefs are different. But every time I see someone spending hundreds of dollars for a ritual, when half of that money can put food on someone's table... it makes me see red. I know their money is theirs to do as they please, but it still pisses me off.

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  9. A deep thought provoking commentary ....

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    1. Glad you think so. So share ;-)

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  10. What an interesting take on the challenge. Carmi always has the best new (to me) people. I hope your holiday is...refreshing

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    1. Carmi is inspiring, and he does indeed attract lovely people. I'm glad you've found Pagan Culture's circle interesting ;-)

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  11. That's always been my favorite ritual.

    No matter the building or god it's supposed to inspire.

    Candles at a wedding are like the only part of those things that make me cry.

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    1. There is something about candles... They are good for funerals, for weddings, for births, for dinners, for lovemaking, for offending, for offerings, for so many things...

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  12. ...oh I would not have struggled to comment... I would have added equally loudly "except the ones outside this church?...you forgot to add except the ones outside this church!" If he had such little respect for the place he claimed to be sacred, I would have assumed his God put me on the spot for a reason. Gorgeous pic though :D
    XXX

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    1. I think you would have liked the entire church, Gina. It has some amazing woodwork. When I go back to NY, I'll take pictures of a statue of Mary and Jesus, it reminds me of the one Shelle painted on a piece of driftwood.

      The schmuck... well, I'm sure he saw and understood what he wanted to see. I, too, felt the need to say something outrageous, but I have the feeling that I would have just wasted time, oxygen and saliva.

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  13. Hmpf. Did it never occur to him he could give the money spent on the candle to someone in need and thus actively fight hunger? I bet he got wax into his skull somehow.

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    1. Common sense doesn't apply to certain people and their thinking. I'm pretty sure that any god would have looked down upon his offering in a much brighter light if he had used it to feed someone.

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  14. Obviously not a Good Samaritan.

    Fine picture.

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    1. Not at all. We need more of those these days...

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  15. So sad, so many people are like this! The blue picture is gorgeous!

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    1. Indeed. Nothing worse than self-righteousness complicated by holier than thou syndrome. Maybe he'll get over it.

      And I LOVE Carmi's pic ;-)

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  16. I WOULD have slapped the holy hell right out of someone that hypocritical. Omg, that makes me twitch....

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    1. The twitching is mutual, even the desire to slap the hypocrisy from his face, but going to jail would have helped no one ;-)

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  17. Can't just leave feeding the hungry to you gods, not if you have the ability to help, and can't find solace for the soul within in the church walls if you have walked past those in need to get there :(

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    1. Sometimes I understand people who ignore those who are asking money--money of the latter are liars. But if you have a dollar to give, it would do more good putting a coffee in someone's belly. But who are we to decide topics among gods and their followers, right?

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  18. Awesome story about the hypocrisy of man. Sorry you had to witness it. But, I do love the pictures.

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    1. I love the picture, too. I couldn't fully appreciate it at first, but my feelings changed after seeing Carmi's shot ;-)

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  19. Great pictures - such a lovely red!
    The hypocrisy of so-called "religious" people never ceases to astonish me!

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    1. I thought the same about the red and the orange of the flame. Warming ;-)

      And I wish to say that hypocrisy doesn't amaze me, but that would be a lie.

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  20. Well see, you need to understand that some people worship Republican Jesus, Magaly.

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    1. Oh my goodness, Republican Jesus is hilarious. And so very honest; weird.

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  21. That is such a sad story Magaly, it truly hurts my heart. But I know I've seen it happen and other things like it.

    Thank you again for taking part in the Nurture Photography Challenge, I really enjoy your interpretations of the prompt... both the photos and your words.

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    1. The world is a strange--and at times very cruel--place. But I think that as long as people recognize this facts and try to make things better there will be hope.

      I'm enjoying Nature Photography, too ;-)

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  22. It always freaks me out how some folks behave like such boors in the so-called real world, then go into a house of worship and think their pursuit of dogmatic prayer somehow makes it all right. Such hypocrisy rankles me, and I'm glad you shared this experience in this way.

    I love how a photo can tell such a vivid story, as if it's just a baseline for a richer experience. As ever, you made us feel like we had witnessed it first-hand. That's neat!

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    1. I feel the same way, Carmi. I'm often surprised and outraged by people who claim to love everyone (even their brothers like they love themselves) but would kick someone in the teeth the first time the someone does something they don't agree with. Hypocrisy is a nasty thing.

      I love the photo, too. Not at first, but your picture made me see in a different way.

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  23. As long as the world has folks like you, who find ways to take darkness and find the light inherent in it, we'll be just fine. You've inspired me to do just that in my own life.

    Funny how one cursing, stone-hearted hypocrite can spark positivity in others. Perverse, but incredibly inspiring.

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