Are You Being Served?

Small children are sometimes heard to wonder why the tedious events to which their churchgoing parents drag them are called “services”. They probably find it a most unconvincing explanation that they are there to serve God, as the innocent childish mind does not see any such serving going on. Unless, perhaps, the church is like a bad restaurant, where the waiters serve the divine customer with three courses of overcooked praise, toxic petitions and warmed-over singing.

It may help to approach from a different angle. In Spain, servicios can mean either the lavatories or commercial sexual acts: in tariff advertisements, for example, dos servicios equates to the English “cum twice”. The church service, therefore, may be considered as a servicing, not of God but of the congregation; a repository for their emotional waste.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:18 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE LONGEST CON, Religion As Emotional Tech

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