I have written many blog pieces on how sexual repression in human beings leads to untold damage and destruction to ourselves, our children and our society. The combined forces of love, Eros and sex, when felt fully and expressed freely can heal any illness, uplift any heart and inspire beauty and constructiveness in what we might think of as miraculous ways.
Conversely, when those forces are repressed and suppressed, a tsunami of vile, life-wrecking, hateful and self-annihilating behavior ensues.
What brought me to this subject this morning was a news item in the NY Times about how tobacco companies are trying to evade tough new restrictions on their ability to market to young people.
I read the piece, then looked over at the woman that I'm in love with, and our two children having breakfast nearby, all on a serene holiday weekend morning, and I tried to imagine what state one would have to be in to decide to try and figure out a way to get kids to smoke cigarettes. I realized immediately that whoever that guy is, he couldn't possibly be having great love, Eros and sex with someone he is in love with.
Impossible. Just take a moment and try to envision it.
If you have been there, flush with passion and gratitude after a soul-quenching love-making experience, basking in the afterglow, knowing that the Universe is a magnificent place if it's possible to feel this way, you know that it's unthinkable that you would get up out of bed and start scheming about how to poison kids or our air and water supply, or start a war, or steal someone's pension. Impossible. Nor could you plan to bomb a clinic or kill a doctor or spout racist screeds on television or at town hall meetings on health care. Not a chance.
People who really make love, people who know what that means (and obviously, I'm not just talking about fucking or getting your rocks off), people who come together in loving, sensual, erotic union just don't ever follow that up by destroying things! Just doesn't happen.
The people I attempt to expose on this blog, whether they are the psychopathic, corrupt, greedy politicians or captains of industry, the sadistic, self-aggrandizing lawyers, cops and doctors, the lazy or perverted priests and teachers, or the moronic tea-baggers, birthers and other flat-earthers DO NOT HAVE GREAT LOVE, EROS OR SEX WITH SOMEONE THEY LOVE!
A few months ago I issued this challenge: "SHOW ME SOMEONE WHO IS ANTI-CHOICE, PRO-GUN, PRO-TORTURE, PRO-EXECUTION, PRO-ABSTINENCE-ONLY, AND WHO SUPPORTED THE IRAQ WAR, BUT WHO IS ALSO REALLY SENSUAL, PASSIONATE AND UNINHIBITED SEXUALLY... AND I WILL RECANT EVERYTHING I'VE EVER SAID ON THIS BLOG!!"
I'm still waiting.