Sunday, September 20, 2009

Carry A Big Stick

Daily Draw: Arcus Arcanum Tarot ~ King of Wands

This is a soft spoken gentleman who expects attention. Inattention is rewarded with a painful reminder. Have I ever been hit? Yes. Did I deserve it? Usually. Have I ever hit anyone? Yes. Did it help? Seldom.

I'm reminded by this card of the human instinct to give someone a whack when expectations aren't met. I'm glad I didn't have any kids because hitting is a huge decision for parents and the decision is never perfect, either way. At 50-something I am still on the fence about corporal punishment. I do think there isn't a punishment strong enough for people like Phillip Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido, or Josef Fritzl, or Wolfgang Priklopil. Isn't it funny the places one tarot card will take you.

"Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility." ~ Thomas S. Szasz 1920-

The deck this week is the Arcus Arcanum Tarot, art by Hansrudi Wascher, book and art direction by Gunter Hager. Published by AGM Urania, 1986.

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