Thomas, yes detachment is part of most religious paths. Ascesis no. Ascesis is so much more than detachment. Ascesis definition: the practice of severe self-discipline, typically for religious reasons. Ascesis is not a component of most people's view of their religious faith. Either that or just about everyone is failing miserably at it. I'm not seeing much severe self-discipline out in the world. p.s. For the record, I never got what was funny about Benny Hill. Monty Python, now they were a stitch!