What is Mother?

This is an old post, but I have only just read it and felt that I had to quote it:

Q: What is Mother?
A: Mother is an entity, finite, mortal, changeable in her affections and good graces, but nonetheless remaining, at most times and in various places, affable, gregarious, sanguine, and benevolent.

Q: Are there more Mothers than one?
A: There are more Mothers than one indeed, except in the instance concerning that particular Mother belonging to me, in which case there is only one, the living and true Mother.

Q: What is the work of procreation?
A: The work of procreation is, Mother’s making of copulation with Father, for the purposes of impregnation and propulgation of the human race, and all very good.

Q: How do the benefits of procreation accrue to us?
A: The benefits of procreation accrue to us through no inherent desert of our own, but rather they are bestowed freely upon us due to the unmerited favor of Mother, and her volition to undergo the pangs of childbirth on our behalf.

Q: What are the benefits of procreation to the progeny borne?
A: The benefits of procreation to the progeny borne are, provision, oversight, reunion and inheritance, and the several subsidiary benefits that either do accompany or flow from them.

Q: What is reunion?
A: Reunion is that event in which the progeny borne are received back into the place of Mother’s oversight after long disjunction, and this is no process but is experienced instantaneously by those received.

Q: What does Mother require of progeny?
A: Mother requires of progeny honor and affection, and also obedience to her revealed will.

From Jamison Galt’s shookfoil blog.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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1 Response to What is Mother?

  1. Byron says:

    Reminds me of Joyce’s ‘catechism’ chapter of Ulysses.

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