Monday, March 19, 2012

an even more sinister analgesic

Monday, March 19, 2012

If religion is the opium of the people, tradition is an even more sinister analgesic, simply because it rarely appears sinister.  If religion is a tight band, a throbbing vein and a needle, tradition is a far homelier concoction: poppy seeds ground into tea; a sweet cocoa drink laced with cocaine; the kind of thing your grandmother might have made.

~Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000.


Loree said...

Lacing a sweet cocoa drink with cocaine sounds like a weird tradition to me.

Arti said...

Beautifully written. Hope you have a wonderful week Angeli:)

artemis said...

hehe funny and amusing way to put it, but it's true!

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