Soul-surgery: circumcision inspires faith
Ancients openly declare that pedocircumcision suppresses sexuality and facilitates religiousness. For some reason this self-evident truth nowadays largely remains unrecognized. Even deeply religious people are unaware of it. Perhaps this is so because they are circumcised either in flesh or at heart or both. So they either cannot answer or cannot frame the proper questions. Alternatively, the Circumcision complex proposes scientific testimonies of the Judaic holy writ’s assertion that circumcision disposes to god-loving.
Paul, I Corinthians 2:14
The circumcised man does not adequately perceive the sensory facts of life because they are irrational to him. This is a modern paraphrase of Paul’s statement that natural man does not attain religiousness which admits that circumcision instills piety. Ancient people were close to nature and had good common sense. Despite his being circumcised Paul had a realistic judgment on the effects of circumcision. He had no doubt that circumcision suppresses sex-lust and spiritualizes man. Unlike the modern proponents of pedocircumcision he didn’t hide or contest the original purpose of the practice to redirect passions towards god.
Ancients speak of circumcision of the heart or mind. Apparently, they poorly differentiate between ‘heart’ and ‘mind’ which is the reason why both words occur in different translations. To them those words were nearly synonyms and were probably related to instinctual and mental dispositions or to desire, intention and faith altogether. By presenting himself as a heart surgeon the Old Testament God openly states that circumcision is a psychological manipulation that fabricates believers. Actually, the Circumcision complex has little to add to his statement. Still, this does not make it a pro-Semitic or pro-religious concept.
and give you obedient hearts.
the Almighty Lord to the
people of Israel, Ezekiel 35:26
Various sources of Abrahamic religions explain that circumcision alone does not guarantee righteousness and that it is circumcision of the heart or mind what truly matters. They stress that it is of paramount importance what one thinks and feels, and not whether he lacks foreskin or not. By relating circumcision to obedience and god-fearing the holy sources assert that it primarily intends to affect the heart and mind and hence that it has profound psychological effects. The main goal of pedocircumcision is therefore to improve spirituality, and not to change physical appearance. Yet, it becomes clear that circumcision sometimes fails to produce the desired results because breaking the law invalidates circumcision.
Those who are circumcised are more dependable on social support than naturals because they rely on communal activities for channelling their own emotional dissatisfaction. It is normal for the circumcised to be more interested in abiding the law and in observing rules and customs. In “The Epistle to the Romans” Paul equalizes circumcision with obedience. If circumcised men break the law this means that their circumcision is ineffective, he explains. In this way he does not merely reveal that circumcision has a psychological effect but admits that its main purpose is political.
In monotheistic groups submission to God is indistinguishable from submission to the group. As long as religion and politics are inseparable pedocircumcision has a religiopolitical purpose. Circumcision makes people docile by putting the fear of god into them. Sometimes, however, it fails because breaking the law invalidates it. When circumcision does not fulfill its religiopolitical role it is to be considered useless. Out of the social context circumcision is senseless. The Ancients were not interested in the personal psychological effects of circumcision including its side-effects.
Circumcision, ethnic stereotypes and forms of government
Ancient holy scripts give sufficiently detailed information about the psychological effects of circumcision. The Hebrew Bible associates the natural state of the genitalia with certain mental traits. In this way it implicitly describes the psychological characteristics pertinent to the circumcised state. The fifth book of the Hebrew Bible instructs that natural men are stiff-necked. Generally, this means that naturals are haughty, obstinate and refractory. We can attain a better psychological profile of naturals if we regard a larger number of meanings of the stiff-neckedness. The fuller portrayal of the mental traits pertinent to natural state depicts naturals as stubborn, persistent, determined, resolute,confident, decisive, unhesitating, inflexible, proud, conceited, self-centered, overconfident, self-satisfied, self-important, asocial, self-assertive, unyielding, disobedient, unbending, unmanageable, unruly, intractable, and rebellious as compared to the circumcised men. It follows that circumcision makes men compliant, dependable, yielding, obedient, flexible, malleable, tractable, timid, insecure, hesitating, negotiating, indecisive, apprehensive, anxious, worried, dissatisfied, yearning, flexible, humble, modest, unselfish, caring, supportive, altruistic, self-sacrificing, pathetic, communal, clannish, loyal, devoted, faithful, pious and fanatical.
It must be noticed that the psychological traits that circumcision facilities have a lot in common with those that underlie Jewish and Muslim stereotypes. It seems that circumcision has served its purpose and has materialized the intentions of the Jewish God.
Religious sources associate each genital state with a specific set of psychological traits. It should be noticed that each set contains traits that have both a positive and a negative connotation. Some of the extreme traits of the sets coincide. For instance, the effects of circumcision can also border on stiff-neckedness and aggressiveness in the sense of fanaticism, utopian stubbornness or religious intolerance. We may say that circumcision disposes to spiritual conceit and compensatory overconfidence. It is conductive to collectivism, ethnocentrism, clannishness and religious fundamentalism. Also, it becomes obvious that natural and circumcised states relate to different social and religious systems.
|Psychological Profiles of Natural and Circumcised States according to the Bible|
|STIFF-NECKED AND ARELIGIOUS: haughty, obstinate, refractory, stubborn, persistent, determined, resolute, confident, decisive, unhesitating, inflexible, proud, conceited, self-centered, asocial, areligious, individualistic, unrefined, overconfident, self-satisfied, self-important, asocial, self-assertive, unyielding, disobedient, unbending, unmanageable, unruly, intractable, rebellious||OBEDIENT AND SPIRITUAL: compliant, dependable, yielding, obedient, flexible, malleable, tractable, timid, insecure, hesitating, negotiating, indecisive, apprehensive, anxious, worried, dissatisfied, yearning, flexible, humble, refined, modest, unselfish, caring, supportive, altruistic, self-sacrificing, god-fearing, pathetic, communal, clannish, loyal, devoted, faithful, pious, fanatical|
|SOCIAL EFFECTS: individualism, egocentrism, pluralism, polytheism, social equality, egalitarianism, democracy||SOCIAL EFFECTS: collectivism, ethnocentrism, clannishness, religious fundamentalism, monotheism, absolutism, theocracy|
The effects of circumcision operate on a subconscious level and are unintentional. None of the genital states is a malevolent aspen. Their difference, however, in the conditions of ignorance, perpetually generates conflicts.
Both parties must know that true evil stems from insensitivity and ignorance. To naturals it tends to come from the boredom and exhaustion following undue satisfaction; to circumcised – from the dissatisfaction and insecurity that desensitization causes.