Why Sex?

Why Sex?

Why do we do sex? It’s easily explained.

The ancient miracle of cell division left us permanently less than whole, and we’ve been on a million year hunt to put the parts back together. Yes, you probably know what I mean.

That we managed to convert longing into a sex act, using an urge to merge that wound up giving us more than enough babies, is not likely to be explained so simply in a text book. We took longing, added whoopee and got oops! nine months later. Combining powerful urges made Whoopee/Oops the simplest explanation of why sex dominates so much of our waking and sleeping lives. Once the seeds stop ripening and the pursuers relax after the prime baby-making years, we’re delivered a perplexing peace within our relationships. But the longing continues.

Yearning for the good old days, when the gentler sides of our relationships were more easily ignored, we turn to an invention, say Viagra, to make us feel like something nature never intended: younger and more whoopee-capable.

One day, thinking I’d get an easy laugh, I asked the most unlikely, straight-laced guy, ‘Does that Viagra really work?’ Not even beginning to smile, he told mel how Viagra had made his relationship with his younger wife so much nicer. Engineering for the mismatch.

Why Sex Is One Thing For Us And A Whole Lot Of Different Things For Others

Millions of years ago, our species shared a playroom with wheat. We had more in common with grasses than we do now. We now share only about 50% of our inheritance, and we eat these ancient cousins of ours in breakfast cereals and pastas. Sort of cannibalism at a distance.

Seasons changed. Winds shifted, and some of us were blown off into the prairies, others into the hills and the waters. There, for survival, we learned to take advantage of our surroundings, gathering nutrients from the soil when we could, but also from the wind and water and, excuse me, other living things.

We learned to move in search of food and created sexual relations as exciting, rewarding experiences that encouraged us to have more of them, inventing she and he to increase the enticement, keeping mindful that opposites attract and keep on attracting. Unlikely that our early ancestors even knew they were making babies, because the time between the act and its result was too great.

But why wonder about sex when you’re having that much?

We learned to hunt and to plant. We learned that bonding into communities that protected us from some of nature’s crueler vicissitudes.

Somewhere in there, we learned to observe objectively and to think about what we saw. We began to see how different we were, a disadvantage as well as an advantage that further separated us from nature. We were now Man and Woman and began imagining ourselves at the top of evolution’s heap of living things.

Later, of course, we grew reluctant to give arbitrary evolution so much credit, and we built ourselves a few supreme beings to make responsible for it all instead. This soon led to intense divisions even among ourselves as the strange effects of separation from nature permeated cultures worldwide. The boom in flag manufacturing can be traced solely to this development.

There is your answer to ‘Why sex?’ in a nutshell.

Sentimentally, we look back at those carefree days at preschool when we knew we were no better than wheat or moss. True, fire and storm were terrors for us, but most would admit we were happier and had more friends.

Just not so much whoopee. And the question, Why sex? was of little interest or concern.