Well, Steanso had an interesting morning in court. Someone phoned in a bomb threat, and the courthouse had to be evacuated for an hour or so. The general consensus was that someone was trying to put the brakes on a trial that was going on up in felony court for some kid who shot and killed some other kid (sorry I can't be more specific, but I just don't know much about the case). The weather was pleasant outside, though, so as we were standing around waiting for the building to be checked, I got to catch up with some people that I haven't seen much since I started the new job. If we'd all had cocktails in our hands it would have felt more like a fundraiser or a happy hour party than a bomb scare.
Last night I watched an episode of Big Love with Crackbass. It's an HBO show about a polygamous family out in Utah, and although the episode that I watched didn't really go into any specifics regarding the religious beliefs of the main characters, it was implied that the protagonists had split off from an ultra-conservative Mormon sect (living out in the Utah hills) in order to move to the city and incorporate themselves into "normal" society.
Steanso tries to be pretty open minded about just letting people live their lives in any way that they see fit, but for some reason this show just kind of bugged me. I'm honestly not sure why it bugged me, but it did. I've seen a couple of news magazine shows about polygamist groups out in Utah, and I think that maybe some of the things that I'd seen on those programs made me feel uneasy about the whole thing (including the assertion that many woman who are involved in polygamist marriages become involved in such relationships because they are paired off with and "introduced to" their prospective husbands at a very early age- often 13 or 14- with their husbands being much older than they are).
But even if these women were adults when they were making the decision to enter these relationships, I think the whole thing would still make me uneasy.
And I'm not sure why. These are other people's lives and their decisions regarding family dynamics and how to live should really be none of my concern.
But it bugs me. Maybe it's the whole one-sided nature of the power structure of polygamous relationships, with multiple women vying for the attention and support of a single man, or maybe it's the fact that I just can't imagine anyone being truly happy in such a situation unless they had undergone some serious religious indoctrination (probably rising to the level of brainwashing, in my opinion), but for whatever reason, I don't like it. I'm not saying that people shouldn't be allowed to live this way if this is how they choose to exist, but I'm saying that personally, I'm not a fan of the lifestyle. Rubs me the wrong way. And this show kind of bugged me in that it kind of tries to show us how seemingly normal polygamy can be. But until I see just as many polygamist families forming with three husbands for everyone wife, I just don't see anything fair or healthy about the structure of these family units. If people are truly happy this way, though, am I being small minded? Not sure. Maybe.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Shrug off the shackles of your air conditioners (they're making you soft) and go visit the world for a little while. The sun is not your enemy.