In loving, living memory, John Melançon 1928 – 2007
A close friend often talks about his eyes being opened: to a better understanding of how the world really is; to a better way of living; to more open and understanding ways of thinking, feeling, being. And he frequently tells me i'm already there.
If nothing else, I try not to be a hypocrite, which casual observation shows is plenty difficult in its own right.
Well I was caught in a double-standard the other day. I don't like needles, piercings, tattoos, hanging from hooks, or anything that involves perforating or cutting or mangling one's body. I wouldn't, of course, try to stop anyone else from
But I have no problem with being circumcised.
And that is done to decidedly non-consenting non-adults.
Can Judaism, which has the same double standard codified, help explain this?