Human were first a one-part androgynous being. When God(s) separated them in halves, they started to seek being reunited again through sex
Philo, a Jewish philosopher contemporaneous with Jesus, said that Adam was a double, androgynous or hermaphrodite being "in the likeness of God." Philo said that "God separated Adam into his two sexual component parts, one male, the other female—Eve—taken from his side. The longing for reunion which love inspired in the divided halves of the originally dual being, is the source of the sexual pleasure, which is the beginning of all transgressions." The Targum of Jonathan relates that Eve was made from the thirteenth rib of Adam's right side; even modern theologists have held that Adam had one more rib than his descendants.
Plato. a Greek philosopher, explained the amatory instincts and inclinations of men and women by the assertion that human beings were at first androgynous: Zeus separated them into unisexual halves, and they seek to become reunited.
The Hindus explain the creel inn of the different animals in this way: Purusha was alone in the world, and very lonesome. He therefore divided himself into two beings, man and wife; the wife regarded union with him to be incestuous, on account of their former close relationship, and fled from his amorous advances and embraces, and to elude him changed herself to vari ous forms; but Purusha assumed the same shapes as his wife and in these forms succeeded in his pursuit, and begat with her the various animals, of the shapes that his wife bad assumed. In the writings of Hosiod (the old Greek Bible) occurs the story of how Cronus (the Latin god Saturn) separated heaven and Earth with a sickle, by cutting off the sexual organs of his father Uranus. In one of the compartments of the hewn cave temples of Elephanta, near Bombay, there are a great many figures of an-cient workmanship, representing Siva with his Sakti or wife, Parvati, as one being of an hermaphrodite nature. One of these figures is about 16 feet high, having both male and female parts, or being half male, half female. The androgynous form of Siva and Parvati, before separation, was called Viraj.
The idea that originally gods and men were hermaphrodite, and had to be separated into uni-sexual beings, accounts for the word "sex," derived front scenic, and this in turn from the word seco, to amputate, to cut apart.
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It was the quietness of life in a medieval English village that would most strike a visitor from today—no planes overhead, no swish or rumble from traffic. Stop reading this book a minute. Can you hear something? Some machine turning? A waterpipe running? A distant radio or a pneumatic drill digging up the road? Of all the varieties of modern pollution, noise is the most insidious.
Yet in the year 1000 the hedgerows actually had a sound. You could hear baby birds chirping in their nests, and the only mechanical noise you would hear came from the wheezing of the blacksmith’s bellows. In some villages you might have heard the bell in the church tower, or the creaking and clunking of the wooden cogs in one of the water-mills that had been constructed in the last 200 years, and if you lived near one of England’s dozen or so cathedrals, you would have heard the heavy metal cascadings of sound from the copper windpipes of one of the recently imported church organs. But that was all. As bees buzzed and wood pigeons cooed, you could listen to God’s creation and take pleasure in its subtle variety.
The Queen went on to acknowledge the nature and pace of developments throughout the world:
"That it is possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us. Because of these changes I am not surprised that many people feel lost and unable to decide what to hold on to and what to discard. How to take advantage of the new life without losing the best of the old. But it is not the new inventions which are the difficulty. The trouble is caused by unthinking people who carelessly throw away ageless ideals as if they were old and outworn machinery."
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