Hannah and Papa J

Hannah and Papa J

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A hasty and general review of Game of Thrones

Dear Hannah,

Since I'm about done with the fourth season, I suppose I owe someone an explanation for having begun to watch Game of Thrones in the first place.  I'd sworn it off for years now, only to prove that I'm not the kind of man who should be swearing anything.  If it wasn't for marriage and business, I wouldn't believe in vows at all.  They work out fine for men like David and Jonathan, who pledged each other their mutual devotion, because their souls were knit together.  But then there's Jepthah, who vowed to sacrifice the first thing that left his front door if he won a war, and then ended up sacrificing his daughter.  Some people think it's sexist that Mosaic Law prohibits women from making vows without their husband's consent, and it may very well be -- perhaps toward men.  The idea that women can express their ecstasies and sorrows in ridiculous vows and not find themselves bound to something which, being made in the heat of the moment, has every ability to ruin their lives later, you would think a greater benefit than an insult (although I can conceive of its being an insult to the intelligence of women).  Both sexes, after all, are capable of being rash.  But enough on Biblical vows and feminism.