An exploration by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Sex is a strange subject. Sex is a feature of our humanity that civilized people are not supposed to look at, or even think about. Still, people go out of their way all over the world to make themselves sexually attractive to one another. The world is full of such paradoxes. In the social context the subject of sex is almost taboo, if not forbidden for the sake of civility. Nevertheless, we human beings, are sexual beings with sexual needs which we need to satisfy and always have to some degree, apparently for as long as human beings graced this planet with their evermore complex culture.
Across the space of the last two million years mankind's development took place primarily against the background of long periods of glaciation -- the cyclical Ice Ages of the Plistocene epoch of geologic history -- typically 100,000 years in duration, interspersed by warm periods in the range of 12,000 years. Thus, 85% of mankind's journey through the ages took place in the cold periods of the ice age cycles. We know from archaeological discoveries that many human settlements during the glaciation periods, of not all of them, were primarily in the form of coastal communities.
The extend of the typical Ice-Age deep-freeze is illustrated by the huge ice sheet that is known to have covered much of the North American continent reaching as far south as the State of Wisconsin. The ice sheet is believed to have been several thousand feet thick and may have carved out the Great Lakes in its flow. The English Channel is also deemed to have been carved out of the ground by a similar large ice mass. These long cycles of extreme glaciation are evidently not conducive to the massive plant-growth that is typically necessary to support large animal populations. Mankind's food resources were therefore mainly derived from the sea during the glaciation cycles, with a few exceptions of course.
The evidence for this is found in the ruins of ancient villages that are presently several hundred feet under water, but which would have been located at the coast during the Ice Age when enormous volumes of water were stacked up on land in the form of ice. The villages appear to have been fishing villages. Under Ice Age conditions the biotic world would likely have been severely depressed so that the oceans would have been the major food resource, if not the only food resource, which also would likely have been depressed by the cold. It is not unreasonable to assume from that, that the fishery during these cold times was rather meager. It might have required the men 'hunting' the fish to have have been away from their villages for long periods of time in the likely necessary process of searching for the ever-moving fish stocks. As a consequence the men and women would likely have been isolated for long periods and thereby left alone to deal with their sexual-biological needs.
Here a range of biological factors come into play, inherently different ones according to the male and female biology. Over the millennia many religious myths were spun about human sexuality that have pushed a number of the built-in needs, and also qualities, far out of sight.
Modern medical research tells us that sexual activity is essentially a necessary requirement for the male biology for the maintenance of a man's prostrate. We are told that the prostrate gland performs the vital task of providing the seminal fluid that supplies the nutrients for a man's sperm and also the transport medium in which the sperm is forced out of the body through the penis during ejaculation and is sent on its way to reach a woman's egg cell. In order to be able to perform this dual function the prostrate collects all the special materials that its task requires. It collects especially zinc, citric acid and potassium. All of these are drawn from the blood. Research tells us that the prostrate then concentrates this 'heavy' mix 600 times. Any carcinogens that are found in the blood are likewise captured and concentrated. So it is now deemed medically wise not to let this potentially dangerous mix hang around for too long, causing trouble. Sexual activity, of course, gives men the means to flush out the system, and biological impulses make sure that this happens on a regular basis. One might say that men have a service cycle to tend to just like the women have their menstruation cycles to contend with that flush out the uterus in order that its tissue can renew itself.
Thus, with the men being alone with themselves for long periods and with their built-in biological requirement for regularly flushing out their sexual system, homosexual action of some sort, and most likely also homosexual interaction, would surely have occurred and been an intimate aspect of people's lives under those circumstances.
The women under such circumstances might have had a similar social requirements for self-sexual actions or interacting with each other sexually. A woman's cyclical renewal of the uterine lining is often painful. The biological system appears to have created a built-in remedy for the pain. It is unreasonable to assume that this natural remedy had not been discovered, even in early times. We are told by medical researchers that during the build-up towards orgasm, the body levels of the hormone oxytocin increase up to five-fold. Then, as the hormones build up, the body releases more endorphins that alleviate the pain of everything from headache to arthritis, including migraine and of course menstrual pain. Sex is also known to boost the production of estrogen in women of a type that specifically reduces postmenstrual pain. In a primitive society in which the task of the women were many and often urgent, especially with children to look after, benign sexual action, or sexual interaction between women living largely with themselves, might have been a critical necessity in those early times, and this possibly more so and more often than we might think.
Of course when the men came home with their catch of fish, their arrival would start a time of celebration with the isolated homosexual interaction now expanding and merging into a combined heterosexual scene, opening the door to conception. And so it appears that in early ages the homosexual factor -- expressed in both male and female homosexuality -- was the primary form of social interaction as an efficient factor for the general welfare of society. The male and female homosexuality thereby stand as essential pillars that support the combined heterosexual interaction, most likely in a celebratory mode. The heterosexual portion of the celebration might have been the smallest part of it all. This establishes a model that might be termed the natural model.
The bottom line is that the human sexual system is an efficient system for procreation, but it comes with certain inconveniences and 'maintenance' requirements, and with strong impulses that assure that the requirements will be met, which altogether determine the mode for social interaction. When living is harsh as it likely was in the primitive Ice-Age world, the most efficient system invariably becomes the most natural system. Now that we have become more 'advanced' the natural model has ironically become overplayed with numerous debilitating myths in the service of imperial and subsequent religious objectives.
It appears that both male and female homosexuality are foundational functional characteristics that support the heterosexual functions on a celebratory basis from which procreation unfolds. We obviously need all three aspects to function for their specific purposes. Actually they are functioning to some degree, and probably to a much larger degree than we willing to acknowledge, though far from what they should be.
Are you surprised?
Well, we all live primarily alone with ourselves, don't we? We are probably alone with ourselves for 99.9% of the time. In this time we have no choice but to come to terms with our essential self-completeness as human beings in which also find the spiritual resources for meeting our sexuality defined needs, hopes, desires, and those sometimes nagging built-in biological impulses and requirements. Whenever this spiritual self-completeness is not achieved the social world falls into chaos and civilization becomes endangered. Nor is any real celebration possible in the heterosexual environment under those 'poverty' stricken circumstances.
Without a sure-footed inner individual completeness established that satisfies the wide-ranging sexual dimension of ourselves -- which is essentially a homosexual dimension specific to our individual sex -- we approach the opposite sex as beggars, begging another to fulfill our inner want. That's a poor foundation for heterosexual celebration. The resulting empty process becomes invariably a form of rape, not a form of celebration. The meeting of beggars where nobody brings any inner riches to the table with which to bless one-another, becomes an environment of agony, disappointment, and tension. It becomes the very opposite environment to what is required to advance human culture and with it the state of civilization.
The resulting evidence suggests that the whole sexual complex is primarily a part of the spiritual context of an individual's self-discovery of his or her completeness as a human being, and the acceptance of it, culminating in mutual celebration of that completeness. The resulting scene then would never be one of poverty, but of mutual respect, support, love, generosity, etc.. Thus the sexual process is a two-stage process. It begins with one's spiritual self-discovery as a complete human being, which also includes related discoveries of our wide-ranging sexual dimension and its completeness in what is essentially a homosexual processes. Exploring our own sexual dimension and its fullness is necessarily homosexual in nature, being focused on the riches of ourselves as men or women. From the unfolding fullness, standing on the twin-pillars of our inner homosexuality, the heterosexual dimension unfolds where the celebration spills over into a wider and shared celebration, and becomes a part of it in a temple-type celebration of the recognized fullness in one another.
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