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By Sam Zanahar (2003)
Humans have an intrinsic desire for a simple meaning of life. The requirement for both, a "meaning of life" and the fact that it should be "simple", are direct results of evolutionary pressure. Individuals who can, in a quick and straightforward manner, provide an answer to themselves on a question "for what they are on earth" are likely to function more efficiently than individuals who just don't know.
Efficiency is what natural selection is all about, both in the realm of physiology and in the realm of psychology. There is no way that less efficient, less adapted behaviors will persist just because, for example, they would be philosophically more true. Rather will truth die, than stubborn but efficient ideology.
An important aspect in the political and economic success of the United States of America over the past centuries has been the self-righteousness of the Pilgrim Fathers and the Christian Protestants' conviction that they knew exactly what is right and what is wrong. They never wasted time or energy pondering the meaning of life or the purpose of their own existence, or the existence of mankind.
While Catholics may practice religion by surrendering to God in humility and inactivity, Protestants typically have the idea that it pleases God more to be industrious, to work hard, and to be successful. With such an ideology, one is, of course, primed to become rich and (because wealth means influence) to become powerful.
In order to function on an optimal level, humans need a sense of purpose, and it should be possible to condense this sense of purpose into simple statements that are easy to recall.
Sexual philosophy can offer such a mantra: the ultimate purpose of life, and the only one that is anchored in biology, is that we live to have optimal sex.
Everything else is subordinate. During an optimal orgasm, I don't wonder why I am alive. I just know that it feels good.
While sexual philosophy is more complicated than that, it is one of its strengths, that it can be reduced to easy-to-recall catch phrases. Daily life constantly requires quick and determined decisions, and it is not feasible to ponder the universe every time one faces a minor practical challenge.
From the perspective of sexual philosophy, a quick and easy referral point for the value of any activity, whether simple or elaborate, is whether it is conducive or not conducive to optimal sex.
From this quick and easy referral point, guidelines can be developed which provide orientation for the way one conducts one's life.
From the sexual philosophy outlined here, it is also possible to spin off a political ideology, and it, too, can be summarized as mantra.
To allow each person the highest degree of sexual experience, it is essential to implement as much personal freedom as possible.
Governments should not regulate the sexual conduct of their citizens.
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