Sex and the sacred

What at strange society such as our, that see in sex sometimes irresistible attraction, sometimes disgust, sometimes the expression of love, and sometimes of sin, sometimes the magic of desire, sometimes the agony of temptation …

If there is one area where the contradictions rained, sexuality is. The outburst of pornography showed to everyone the extent of frustration. Avalanches of ribaldry are commensurate with the deep malaise that inspires the system of conceptions we have of sexuality. The sacredness of marriage withers under the percentage of divorces, finally whose children so dearly hoped, are to pay the direst cost. We expect as a teenager from sexual life the epitome of happiness, to notice soon enough love to be the melting pot of the biggest pain …

A contradictory situation often reveals a cultural error towards laws of nature. The patterns of behavior that dictates morality may well be only a drift, although secular, or even millennium, from natural behaviors.

Archaeologists have us see sexuality in human primeval times as a form of rape. They derive their iconography from the most brutal layers of man as they know, that is, from today’s man. But how was it in reality?
Bonobos are the hominids whose sexual life is the closest to humans’. Sexual relations are frequent and polymorphic, but always revolve around reconciliation and harmonious interpersonal relations, which is also characteristic of love.

If simple primates are already able to raise sexuality on a plan that goes beyond the pure biological reproduction, the opposite of what we call an animal sexuality, everything suggests that human beings, far more advanced on the path of evolution, ought to surpass them in this respect as in others: language, reasoning, culture …

When addressing an obscure field such as this one, an excellent heuristic is to assume that any situation that generates discomfort or suffering derogates, in one aspect or another, to natural laws. This amounts to assume that we have available a range of possible behaviors, genetically determined, yet strayed away from the limits nature imposes.

But the love life is, in the present order of things, very frequently a source of pain among the most intense and the most traumatic. This is a good reason to believe our romantic behavior to derogate from the requirements of our own nature.

And if the Ancient were right when they made of Eros a world organizer god, having vanquished the primeval chaos? By disobeying the precepts of the god, flouting his innocence, substituting lust and guilt, the amount of loss may very well be beyond measure.

Plato considered the father of Western philosophy, offers a very peculiar conception of eroticism. Sometimes drifting towards a quest for pleasure and animal reproductive function, sometimes responsible for feeding our soul and make him grow wings that grant it access to Essences.

Often translated as “idea”, these Essences are according to Plato preternatural entities located “above the sky vault”, but reachable for owners of certain higher faculties, such as priests, artists, seers. The cleavage is here not between sex and the sacred, but between a celestial Eros Eros and a vulgar one…

The parallel with Evolutionary Ecopsychology’s discoveries is striking: facts have shown that love, lived under certain natural rules proved inducing development of amazing psychic abilities, and thus being the pathway to archetypes, spiritual content clearly reminiscent of Plato’s Essences …

Thus meet under the auspices of nature and love, as if by magic, this part of the body that promises us all happiness, and this part of the soul-giving most welcomed …