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The Commandments of the Golden Calf

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The Commandments of the Golden Calf

1)......	Marry someone of your religion and status, bringing the families together.
          A.	It keeps harmony in the distribution of power and increases both families 
                 potential for Profitable ventures.
    2)......	A wife is to be a virgin and stay faithful. 
          A.	If either of these are broken she is dangerous to the sexual possessiveness of 
                her husband, and may wound him, making him unable to focus on
                 profitable ventures,   thus weakening the family.  
    3)......	Love is a commitment to family and service to focus on profitable ventures and 
                 nothing more. 
    4)......	A woman’s role is to raise the offspring, and service their husbands sexual needs. 
    5)......	A man’s role is to dutifully work hard to make the family strong and powerful. 
    6)......	The lower class must be taught to submit to the hierarchy. 
    7)......	The lower class must be taught to oppress sex drive as unwanted children are a 
                   burden on the ruling class’ profits. 
    8)......	Women are more easily controlled and must be taught with harsh judgment that 
                 unmarried sex is unacceptable. 
    9)......	Pay the middle class well, as they will defend you blindly as they become 
                addicted to the hierarchy.
    10)....	Build church’s to whatever Gods they worship and assure them they are going to 
                 heaven as long as they do not have children they can not care for and conform.
                 to the status quo.  
In times of struggle with the people, buy all the gold, as it is my body, and keep it the most 
beloved metal, this is how you worship me in times of need. Diamonds are my eyes and 
make bonds with them, of purity. 
Follow these rules and the Golden Calf will always keep your family strong.

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  1. Date: 2/4/2010 8:31:00 AM
    Hey Michael, Sorry to use this medium-by the way, Great write. You've written this very well as it is the 10 commandments of the idols-my soup mail does not work. About your city and state, since you're obviously not happy there, why can't you move? You need to move somewhere where you can thrive. Take care. Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 2/4/2010 5:37:00 AM
    First of all, who are you and why do you wish to insult me? Not only am I speaking to other poets, I'm speaking to those who can read. You don't have to agree with what I write. However, let's be respectful. This is a peaceful community. We're almost like family. If you choose to be brutal, join another community that welcomes "slam" critiques. Thank you and have a nice day.