Updated 4/7/17. Do you know these people or the photographer or the media this appeared in? I believe this is a fair use, but blessings are good and so is giving credit where due, and I’d like to interview them. I found this photo a couple decades or so ago, which had been published along with info on the issue of the natural and social rights of those with developmental issues, including marriage and reproduction. See here for a 2016 summary of the research on this human rights-civil liberties issue: Persons With Disabilities And Their Sexual, Reproductive, And Parenting Rights: An International And Comparative Analysis. [Free PDF]
Look at the faces and body language of the individuals in this couple. Both have wide, wonderful smiles. They’re totally in love, with huge hearts for each other. If they had kids, I bet they love them and have raised them right. I’d be surprised if their kids aren’t respectful, productive, good citizens.
In Gen 3:16 Yahweh says to Eve, “To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Other translations: “Your desire will be to control your husband” or “contrary to your husband.”
A quick aside, as the above verse always reminds me of the Arawak indians exploited, tortured, raped, slaughtered and sold as slaves by Columbus and his men. From a written witness account, it seems these people were living in the Garden of Eden before the knowledge of good and evil, so to speak. Then the so-called ‘civilized’ ‘Christians’ invaded like a horde of demons imposing hells.
Marriage laws are non-existent men and women alike choose their mates and leave them as they please, without offense, jealousy or anger. They multiply in great abundance; pregnant women work to the last minute and give birth almost painlessly; up the next day, they bathe in the river and are as clean and healthy as before giving birth. If they tire of their men, they give themselves abortions with herbs that force stillbirths, covering their shameful parts with leaves or cotton cloth; although on the whole, Indian men and women look upon total nakedness with as much casualness as we look upon a man’s head or at his hands.
The account of Spanish priest Bartolome de las Casas, as recorded in A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, p. 5. See the rest of the chapter for more on the idyllic society and the horrific abuses by ‘Christians’.
In the picture above I see no evidence of conflict, but I do see in her a whole lot of desire for him, and him for her. He is so proud as a man that he landed her. She is so happy to be his. They adore each other. They’re smitten with each other. They love being together. Their company and togetherness is the best gift in the world God could have given the two of them. Do you see it in the light shining in their faces?
Gen 3:17 To Adam [Yahweh] said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.”
This dude is innocent, I’m pretty sure. In the Bible, the age of maturity is twelve. Twelive is the age of Jesus as a boy in the temple when the teachers of the law were amazed at his understanding.
As a fully grown adult, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16
I can’t tell the man’s mental age, but if it’s twelve he looks like a damn responsible twelve year-old. As proud as he is, I bet he’s the head of the household, too, the primary breadwinner. An easy guess, given the American gender pay gap. And I bet he rocks her world at night, too.
I bet they lasted six months. At least. Seriously, I bet they’re still together, and I bet their marriage would be the envy of many – or I’m a hopeless romantic full of shit. I hope they are, and I wish ’em well. They’re an inspiration. If you know them or the photog, lmk – comments below or message me.