Ceremony: (n) a formal religious or public occasion
We catered the food so it must be good.
We brought out the cloth napkins. Must be important guests.
We’re also using the best china. It’s been a while.
We got a haircut. Time to look better.
We trimmed our beard or fussed with our eyebrows. Must be on the way to see the President.
We lit a candle. It’s got to be more spiritual.
Ceremony is when we believe that certain rituals or articles have more significance–therefore they announce greater value. Because of that, certain aspects of life have become ceremonial.
We can’t worship God without dressing up, getting in a car, going to church, sitting on our perch and being led through a series of pre-fabricated and pre-tested ceremonies.
We cannot get married without spending tens of thousands of dollars, confirming to everybody that we’re worth it and “this thing is really on the level.”
Ceremony robs us of the joy of simply enjoying good things for no damn good reason whatsoever.