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, but 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 and reproduce, especially in the vibrant years of our youth, are some of the most potent instincts that drive our behavior. But the urge to reproduce is the strongest, not just because it commands an organic release but because it is laced with Pleasure.

But ignorance about how our instincts drive our behavior makes it difficult to accept the primal animal inside of us; an animal driven by instincts, an animal that demanding release rules most of our actions.

As far as we know, we have evolved into the only animal aware of its own awareness. But our actions are still mostly ruled by instincts. Think of the many things our body does without our conscious input: breathing, dreaming, walking, keeping a relatively steady temperature, waking up in the morning, getting sleepy, hungry, horny, keeping the flow of blood transporting nutrients to and from every cell.

The Human animal, like most living things in Nature, is a pleasure-seeking organism. But our stubbornness in accepting the dominant role of our instincts, and the resulting disconnect between the primal forces that drive those instincts and our current inability to reflect upon them, have built a monumental barrier to understanding how we have arrived at this point in our evolution; a barrier so deep and divisive that is clearly threatening our survival.

Coming into Life/Existence/Being was not of our choice; we are the result of a primal craving for Pleasure. But once born, we become the messengers of the Force pulsating 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 divisive and destructive beliefs, especially when we have the power of our highly evolved and discerning intellect? Why do we prefer to be told what we are, instead of exploring our capacity to do so ourselves? There are many things, of course, that are beyond our comprehension. But there are as many that are self-evident and truly beautiful about us: We embody, with some degree of control, a pleasure-seeking organism whose adaptable design has been in the making for eons of time: We have evolved out of water, into reptilians, into mammals, into thinking organisms aware of our own awareness;  we have come to embody an immensely intelligent organism endowed with a relative degree of freedom to reflect upon the measure of our limitations and possibilities.

Pleasure is the Hallmark of Evolution; it is the primordial instinct whose source we are yet unable to comprehend. Pleasure is the seductive, demanding, exciting, persuasive Force that, shaping everything – shaping us – fuses our instincts with our self-reflective minds as the compass that determines how destructive or creative, forceful or consenting, ugly or beautiful, we can be.

Reviewed June 2019

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