Nature and Our Genitals
One of the criticism that have been used to describe human behavior in a negative light, is that it's animalistic, wild, uncivilized, primitive, unrefined and so on. Its whats been used in the past as a justification in enslaving people, taking away their land, killing them and indoctrinating them. I could go on and on about the destructive force of some people on other peoples in the name of civilization, but I wont as its not something that I mean to focus specifically on here. However I want to emphasize that the impact has been huge, far vaster than we can grasp unless we are students of anthropology.
The point is that there has been an ongoing, violent, systemic effort to distance humanity from its animal nature, and behaviour. This was/is rarely consensual if ever. Perhaps people chose to accept new imposed ideologies and ways of living when under duress, shamed, or backed into a corner; but this isnt just history. Corporations and governments, continue to treat indigenous people, people who live closer to the earth, who see themselves as part of nature, as somehow inferior, not sophisticated enough to have the same rights and autonomy as the “civilized” world.
Who didnt hear some kind of message from their parents as a child that referred to ones behaviour as “eating like an animal”, or that “you weren't raised in a barn”. I believe this to be one of the biggest derogatory ways that humans have referred to each other in the last few centuries in the western world, the culture that is currently dominant, pretty much ubiquitous in our world. One piece of irony here is that for all this nature distancing that is emphasized, “unnatural” is used to describe the wrongness of homosexuality, while the same authority on what is natural, guzzles a coke, drives a car and talks on a cel phone.
The disconnect we have with our genitals, is the same disconnect that we have with nature. The cultures that are disconnected from their genitals, who hide them and shame the displaying of them, are also the ones that are disconnected from nature, who exploit nature in a destructive, non sustainable way. I believe that these two things go hand in hand. This concept is even at the core of western civilization with Adam and Eve and the garden. Adam and Eve did not even know they were naked, just like a cat or a dog or any other creature. Humans are the only earth creatures that cover parts of ourselves because we think they are offensive. It was only when Adam and Eve left the garden that they began to hide their genitals and feel shame.
The world has been so indoctrinated with this idea that our genitals are offensive, that it is illegal to display your natural organism's “uncivilized” body. Even completely minding your own business, your own body is deemed offensive, disturbing, obscene, not safe for work, bad for children to see, eye rape. We have received these messages collectively from religion mostly, and then we perpetuate them, we shame others, we teach our children that genitals are dirty and “private”. How are our genitals any more private than the rest of our bodies; its only because we hide them. We hide them because of shame. We hide them because we've internalized beliefs that everything to do with our genitals is unsavory, uncivilized, dangerous, dirty, impolite.
Because of our treatment of our genitals as our psychic garbage dump, we deprive them of our conscious awareness. We don't go there, and so we don't evolve that part of ourselves. Just because something is natural, or wild, doesn't mean it doesn't evolve. Nature is what is evolving. Nature is what teaches us how to evolve. Natures way of evolution is brilliant and beautiful. But we don't let our sexuality evolve in a healthy natural way. So it evolves in the way a cave fungus might; slowly, producing a lot of slime and perhaps poison. It squishes out sideways, and we accidentally fall waist deep into it like quicksand. Were unprepared often and uncomfortable with our own disassociated nature. Is it any wonder that our relationships that we allow our sexuality, where we reveal our genitals, are also often where we can be the most hurtful to each other. We are exposing these parts of ourselves that somewhere we believe are unlovable are dirty, are uncivilized, in hopes that the other person will love that part of ourselves; or at least accept them. Our genitals and their function are a part of us whether we like it or not. We can only distance ourselves so far from them; and that is psychically very detrimental to us.
Louise Hay, a pioneer of the self help world, strongly believed and taught that there was a connection to disease, and our thoughts about ourselves. She specifically started out her career, helping gay men resolve internalized homophobia, which she believed created a vulnerability to HIV. Perhaps this same kind of self deprecation is the reason for so many other sexually transmitted diseases, and the incredible pain that we associate with them.
More than ever we are a world of strivers. We are rushing around trying to be more and more civilized. We horde and plan and scheme far beyond what nature does. We are insecure because we do not trust that the web of life will support us. We need to come back to our roots, to find solace and nurturing, to find satisfaction and pleasure in what is truly natural for us; and what can be more natural to us than our own body.
Our disconnect from our genitals, is our disconnect from all of life.
With our genitals we can create life. We can create another human being, and we can also, through eros, arousal, tap into our own life force in a very powerful way. Genitals are magical, and nature based spirituality often honours, worships the genitals and generative powers of the human body. What do modern people do when they want to get sexed up? They listen to music and dance, the same thing that humans have been doing for millennia when they wanted to feel that vital force within themselves, that generative, connective energy.
Our genitals can give us tremendous pleasure. Just like spending time in nature, our genitals can help us soften and expand into a much larger sense of self. Our genitals can help us transcend beyond the sense of separate ego identity. How can it be argued that pleasure is guidance towards well-being. Negative examples of pleasure abuse such as things like alcohol, cigarettes and white sugar are the result of a consistent deprivation of natural pleasures such as human love, embodiment, and a connection with nature. Healthy food and a healthy body is infinitely more pleasurable than those substances that humans have invented from a place of disease.
Even the shapes and textures of the genitals, express an exquisite beauty that reflects the divine genius that humans are often out of touch with. The order and intelligence of nature, of our bodies, of our genitals, is far loftier than human technology. The artificial self importance that has been used to justify the wanton degradation of nature, and everything associated with it, is absolute narcissistic foolishness; it is primitive in the worst way.
Returning to an appreciation, a loving relationship with our genitals, will help us return to a loving relationship with all of nature. It will help us to find a satisfaction in simpler things; things that dont require pit mining, killing people for oil, or filling an internal emptiness with walmart garbage, caffeine or television. A connection with this vital force within us, will help us connect to the immense vitality and intelligence of the universe that we are part of. From that place of pleasurable connection, we will be inspired to create technologies that are harmonious with our larger organism, the planet as a whole living system. Just as flowers are the generative organs of plants, perhaps human beings are the genitals of the planet itself, the expression of the love and beauty, and the fruit that contain seeds within. Perhaps if we see ourselves as genitals, than we will remember our true purpose, and allow ourselves to embody the pleasure and joy that I believe is what is truly our nature.