"Noli me tangere" (John 20:17)
I (BMcC[18-11-46-503]) am increasingly taking what the Bible says seriously. This includes interpreting at least some of The Gospels in immanence, i.e., as applying to myself in this world. This is especially the case with Luke 2:41-52, which describes how my parents and teache[r]s should have behaved toward myself as a child. But now I see it applies also to "Noli me tangere."
As a child, I did not want my parents to touch me. I found them physically repulsive. They usually did it to intrude upon me in some way and do to me something I did not want but I could not prevent them. And I had been wounded by them, even if I do not remember the trauma of being circumcised as a helpless newborn. But I do remember the trauma of having been haircutted, at age 3 or 4 years. No barberian should ever have been permitted to come near my fragile body! If they could not gently pet me like I today pet my pet cats, they should have kept their oafish mitts off my fragile body. Once I could speak and answer questions, they should never have done anything vis-à-vis myself without express and freely given permission, i.e., with no "consequences" for choosing: "No." (obvious exceptions, of course, for situations such house on fire and fireman needs to get me along with everybody else out).
In a cynical/ironic way, I have even seen a kind of negative miracle of "loaves and fishes", in the sign my computer programming manager, Harold Jones (1977), at Maryland National Bank which "does so much for so many people" had on his desk:
We the unwilling, led by the unknowing,
Have done so much with so little for so long,
That now we are qualified to do everything with nothing.
The set of negative miracles is infinite.