Last night I went to a lecture with the Douche Bag (aka semi-retired boyfriend person, also formerly known as Rain Douche, a title bestowed on him by none other than Pap Finn himself, a kind of combo Rain Man and Douche Bag).
Anywho, Douche Bag and I went to listen to this lecture given by a monk at the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF). (An editorial blog about these jokers and also about my recent run-in with a Catholic priest is forthcoming. Stay tuned.) At the end of the lecture, Brother Joker Jackass told a story about a woman he’d counseled. She really wanted to pursue enlightenment via some Kriya Yoga techniques the SRF people tout as a kind of scientific, proven route to enlightenment. The woman was having difficulty finding the time in her day to work in the practices. Brother questioned her about her schedule and as it turns out, she spent her time each morning before work tending her garden of home grown tomatoes. She was reluctant to give up that practice, she really loved those tomatoes, and so Brother’s response was something along the lines of “You have a choice between enlightenment and your home grown tomatoes. The choice is yours.”
I’m gonna have to call Bullshit here.
I mean seriously, what the fuck? Really? In my book, that makes these jokers no better than all of the other religiously insane idiots wandering out there preaching salvation, but only to a precious chosen few. Give me a fucking break. Give the poor woman her tomatoes. She loves her damn garden. Not to go all Life Coachy on everyone here, but if I were Brother Fuckhead, I might wonder about her resistance to carving out the time. In reality she could easily carve out the time if she wanted to. She doesn’t need to be told to give up her damn tomatoes. Maybe tending those tomatoes is her meditation. If she wants to do the Kriya yoga, she’ll find a way. Or maybe Brother Asshole could talk to her about what she really wants to do, what brings her joy, what brings her closer to her version of God. She probably wants help figuring out her own resistance, she just doesn’t know to call it that.
Okay so the tomatoes led to another one of those conversations with me and Douche Bag about his “priorities” and once again, it was made clear to me that my rank is low on the list. Yes yes yes yes YES Douche, I know I come after God, art, and probably a bunch of other stuff on your now famous “list.” After way too much discussion, I decided to take a new route and just see if changing up the language might help, or at least make me feel a little less like pulling out his eyeballs. So I suggested that instead of pointing out to me how important to him I’m not, he try giving me some verbal feedback about something positive. In other words, instead of focusing all the damn time on me not being first, share with me what he does value about me and our relationship. Give me some props damn it.
The next words out of Fuckhead’s mouth? “Not to compare myself to Steve Jobs, but do you think he was a very present husband and father?”
Oh for real. I’m not shitting you, this is what he said. He insisted for the next 10 minutes that he was sure Steve Jobs had neglected his wife and kids in the name of progress, in the name of all he’d brought us, in the name of his “purpose.” And Douche really wanted me to understand that that was okay, in fact that was the model of what a strong, purpose driven man is like. And let’s not overlook the really personal affront here. I just got through asking for some props, asking for something that didn’t include reminding me that I’d never be at the top of his priority list. Literally the words had just come out of my mouth. And his response was to launch in …again… about how unimportant relationships are to important men who are doing things.
I don’t need to hear, again, about how unimportant I am. I pretty much have that one ingrained in me now, thank you very much Douche Bag. And let me say it one more time: home grown tomatoes my ass. I frequently find my God doing all kinds of things that have nothing to do with meditation or yoga or church or synagogue. I have, in fact, frequently found my God while tending a garden. And I really do wonder if God and enlightenment are so important to the dude, where it all fits when he’s sitting me to down to explain to me that there is no God to be found between us, what since God is first on the list and I’m third on a good day. I wonder what God would have to say about that, and also about home grown tomatoes.