82 – On Pleasure …
Making love between two or more consenting and relatively mature human beings is not only the most natural, pleasurable and beautiful act in human nature, it is also the Force behind our evolution; it is, and has been, the catalyst for the unfolding of one of the most amazing, ingenious and destructive creations of Nature: the Human animal.
To bond, to reproduce, to survive … especially in the vibrant years of our youth … are some of the most potent instinctive urges that drive our behavior. But the urge to reproduce is the strongest, not only because it commands release, but mainly because it is laced with Pleasure.
But ignorance about how our instincts drive our behavior makes it difficult to accept the Fact that there is an animal inside of us; an animal driven by primal instincts, an animal limited by natural laws, an animal that demands release and rules most of our actions.
In the evolutionary record we have become, as far as we know, the only animal aware of our own awareness, but our actions are still mostly ruled by our instincts. Think of the many things our body does without our conscious input: breathing, dreaming, walking, pulsating, keeping a more or less steady temperature, waking up in the morning, getting sleepy and hungry and horny, keeping blood transporting nutrients to and from every cell …
The Human animal, as most living things in Nature, is a pleasure-seeking organism. But our stubbornness in accepting the dominant role of our own instincts, and the resulting disconnect between the primal forces that drive those instincts and our current inability to reflect on them, have built a monumental barrier to our understanding of how we have arrived to this point in our evolution; a barrier so deep and so divisive … even though it is a destructive delusion perpetuated by a selfish patriarchal mindset … which is clearly threatening our survival.
Coming into Life/Existence/Being was not of our choice; we are the result of a craving for Pleasure. But once born we become the messengers of the primal Force pulsing in every one of us, building pressure, demanding release, regenerating itself through us into higher orders of complexity.
Why do we let others impose on us their beliefs, especially when they are divisive and destructive, if we have the power of our highly evolved intellects? Why do we prefer to be told what we are, instead of exploring it ourselves, if it is truly not that difficult? There are things, of course, that are as yet beyond our comprehension. But there are plenty that are self-evident and truly beautiful about us: We embody, with some degree of control, an immensely complex organism whose adaptable design has been in the making for eons of time … out of the water, into reptilians, into mammals, into bipeds, into thinking organisms aware of our own awareness; we embody an instinctive and immensely intelligent organism endowed with a relative degree of freedom to self-reflect on the measure of our limitations and on the possibilities of our future.
So what is Pleasure anyway? Pleasure is the Hallmark of Evolution; a primordial instinct whose source we are yet unable to comprehend. Pleasure is seductive, demanding, exciting; a persuasive force shaping everything … shaping us … as the compass that determines how destructive or creative, forceful or consenting, ugly or beautiful we can be. Pleasure is the bond that fuses our estranged instincts and our self-reflective minds into the powerful catalyst that sways us into moving beyond the divisive barrier of the patriarchal mindset, seeking a future without hate and war.
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