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The Message of Sex

The Truth Our “Animal Desires” Tell Us About Ourselves

Nothing convinces me more than sex, that we humans are not just animals or a developed animal (as today’s materialists would have us believe). Our difference is of kind, not just of degree. Animals, above all, have the peace of unconsciousness, that which comes with the lack of reflection, or knowledge and questioning of their being.

Mating, eating, excreting, killing, sleeping – they simply do it, and having done it – done what their instincts led them to do – they do something else (we often hear about “animal desires” – but animals don’t have any desires; and they have no psychological disorders, no angst).

But humans just can’t get it – indeed, anything – right. From revulsion, and fear, of sex (which supposedly characterised human thought of previous generations), we passed to excessive – indeed ludicrous – preoccupation with it, the preoccupation coming from the mad idea that it would somehow be a liberation – though from what, to what, and for what, was surely never determined; in reality the “sexual revolution” created little more than misery.

Perhaps, subconsciously at least, liberation by means of sex presented itself to the weak-minded as a way of escaping the human condition (a desire which we all have, as seen by the ridiculous idea found in the Humanist Manifesto that we might wish to “work out our own salvation” (outside the context of religious belief – or within the context of materialism/atheism – “salvation” could not possibly mean anything, and therefore there could not be any reason for anyone wanting it)).

We are not simply animals who are conscious and reflective; we are “animals” who (for good reason) never feel right, never are right, in our present circumstances. Humans are entities forced to exist in an animal-like being, and hence to mimic, as best they can (“ape” is perhaps the best word) these animal ways, which the animals can do perfectly (they don’t have to try).

But humans can never manage it, and always make a hash of it in one way or another, rushing – with equal futility – from one extreme to the other, and only producing more obsessions and neuroses for themselves (we might one day, in reaction, return to excessively-prurient and negative ideas about sex).

It was never meant to be this way; we were never meant to be this way. We were devised in quite a different form – animal like, yes, and reproductive; but our existence was of a wholly different kind – until everything went wrong.

From then sex – which had existed before, but now was something we were maladjusted to – became a cause of wrongs, and our animal-like being became false, partial, a burden and not a blessing. But it can be restored, and will. St. Paul’s suggestions of a world-made-new (1 Corinthians 15, 35-44) – where, resurrected, we will have “bodies” but not “fleshly” bodies – refers, I consider, to something in the way of a restoration of the human form first found in Eden, when human being was poured into an animal-like form (it needed, of course, to function in the same environment), but was nonetheless different in kind.

It will be bodily life – but not as we now know it. This thinking, I contend, requires us to reject the “common descent” of evolutionism – theistic or otherwise – and view the idea of common descent as a kind of escapism; the purely-animal nature of humans – like atheism itself – is particularly comforting, to some.