“I left my father’s house, but didn’t smash his idols.”

Today a colleague quoted this:
“I left my father’s house, but didn’t smash his idols.”

This of course is familiar to most Jews.
I have my own spin on it though.

“I left my father’s house, but didn’t smash his idols.”
The idol was removed when I left because I was that idol.
To clarify:
My father was always consumed by rage, pride and guilt.
As the object of these heinous things, I can no longer be embodied as such by the choosing of my own empowerment.

Do not be someone else’s idol.
Idol worship does not necessarily mean to adore or prioritize one thing over all other things.
Idol worship can be the act of feeling consumed by something that you do not adore. To the contrary- idol worship can be the sense of feeling swallowed hole by one’s own private hell.
When you pin that dark obsessive feeling on an individual and they bare the weight of being your personal idol, you are committing worse than idolatry. You are enslaving the idol itself unto you.

Do not be anyone’s idol.


About jewess

I am a Judaic Studies academic who loves all facets of Jewry. I am at my core and artistic being, as I am a classically trained pianist and composer. I love aesthetics and my dog. I am a misanthrope, but try to be kind to everyone.
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