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Why west has a sex problem?

The erroneous ‘Self’ identity and resultant understanding of universe and exclusivist disconnectedness has distorted the normal sexuality of the Western men and women

Kavyayani
Erroneous ‘Self’ identity and resultant understanding of universe and exclusivist disconnectedness has distorted the normal sexuality of the Western men and women, it has made their sexuality narrow, mutilated, selfish and depraved. When person with such ‘Self’ identity meets another person, his instinctual search is for sensory, materialist or sensual gratification.
 
The understanding of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ is fundamental to human being as all human interactions and activities are based on it. This ‘Self’ is shaped by concept of ‘essence of being’ called ‘Soul’ or ‘Atman’. This consciousness is defined by religious faith, culture, geographic and climatic conditions etc. Collectively this becomes ‘Identity’ of human being.
 
The importance of need to study such ‘Self’ or ‘identity’ stems from the fact that it is the most authentic and reliable agent for study of mind of an individual, his motives, moral and ethical dilemma (or absence thereof) etc. This ‘Self’ is crucial place to understand, deconstruct and synthesize components of human nature, action or behavior.
 
In Western-Abrahamic tradition, it is believed that each ‘Soul’ is created with body and is unique and non-material in nature. It also carries various attributes of body so much so that even after death the soul retains characteristics of discarded body. On the Day of Judgment Soul gets resurrected body to enjoy eternal heaven or hell.
 
We contend that conception of ‘Self’ in the Western-Abrahamic tradition is nothing but projection of small tribal religious-socio-cultural values on wider Universalist scale made possible through aggressive missionary-military activity of theocratic states or church. This primacy of military and coercive power in spread of religion across the world has made the use of ethical and moral aspects of religion more a political and legal concept.
 
There are strong reasons to believe that owing to a narrowness triggered by below peculiarities, an individual raised in the Western-is more prone to extremity in domain of exertion, behavior, violence and greed. The conception of ‘Self’ in this tradition is based on some well known fundamental facts, like -
 
- Reliance on a fixed and exclusivist history centric mythical narrative
- Arbitrary authorization of privileges (social, sensory, monitory and political etc) people based on acceptance of revealed creed or dogmas and propagation of these privileges among heretic and heathens through guile, lure or high-handed tactics
- The primacy of legalistic framework over relational (or self-regulating) social exchange
- Objectification of nature inherent in belief that all nature is made for human consumption
- Original sin and archetype of Adam and eve
- Male and Female genital mutilations
- Geographical and climatic conditions
 
To avoid diversion, we’ll restrict our discussion to the sexuality aspect of men here. We submit that the identity and ‘Self’ conception of human being inculcated by Western Abrahamic tradition primarily guided by sensory and sensual stimulus. Human creativity, aspirations, emotions, aesthetics, intellect, ethics and social interactions, the whole evolution itself is seen primarily through sexual function; as against this, say dharmic tradition is based upon sacredness based behavioral stimulus.
 
Historically, the behavior of winners towards the weaker defeated group during Crusade or Jehad; condoning genocides, sexual violence or slave expeditions-trade etc. establishes –

1) Limitation of ethical-moral aspect of religion and
2) the primacy of inherent crass warring tribal instincts.

It is so much ingrained in the Western psyche that they cannot imagine a non-violent, compassionate or more restrained conduct towards the loser people. As if to condone self guilt, the Western academics (admittedly mainly funded by fundamentalist Christian groups) are creating fake atrocity literature that attempt to shame dharmic tradition by accusing them of ‘non-existent’ evils of and slavery.
 
The erroneous ‘Self’ identity and resultant understanding of universe and exclusivist disconnectedness has distorted the normal sexuality of the Western men and women, it has made their sexuality narrow, mutilated, selfish and depraved. When person with such ‘Self’ identity meets another person, his or her instinctual search is for sensory, materialist or sensual gratification. The roots of this sexual orientation of ‘Self’ identity rest in some fundamental beliefs of Abrahamic religions namely Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Owing to the above fundamental presuppositions, the self-identity of Men (or Women) in the Abrahamic is primarily (and boisterously) sexuality focused. This is the reason sexual orientation of a person is so important individually, socially and politically. To regulate individual behavior there exist legal code and social conventions which lack holistic ethical philosophical ecosystem. To many Eastern people, who are not aware of this reality, elaborate discussion and theorizing about gender issues, Masochism, Feminism and parades often appear childish, sham and ludicrous.

This phenomenon has reduced Western Abrahamic man to a level below normal healthy sexuality. The fight of gender equality has severely restricted possibility of love and even healthy sexual relationship among couples. Unfortunately this neurosis is spreading fast in other civilizations as well. The sexual dissatisfaction visible in form of LGBT, which is mainly a search of emotionally fulfilling and finally satisfying relationship. Being based upon a flawed, narrow and incomplete understanding of the ‘Self’, it transcends the natural evolutionary role of male and female entity. The price that society and polity will have to pay for this moral-ethical blunder is stupendous.
 
In other Dharmic, Confusian or Shinto traditions, an individual is bound by self regulating moral norms, call it Varna-ashrama dharma, cultivation of virtues, code of ancestors etc. Suppose a traditional dharmic person meets another person, his initial concern is to know the Jati Varna of the later. This is very crucial for his social interaction, a women of Varna other than one’s own happens to be mother-like or daughter-like to a dharmic person, depending upon the case and vice-versa.  Even relationship within ones own Jati-Varna is bound by elaborate norms of purity.

Thus sexuality aspect never gains primacy in human interactions. Needless to say, in comparison to this discriminative intellect the Abrahamic tradition appears incestuous and promiscuous. No wonder the Westerners and neo-educated Indian who are habitual of seeing through lenses of objectification find this type restriction as ‘Racism’.
 
The norm of non-sexuality oriented identity means that individual doesn’t perceive ‘Self’ with his being male or female, more importantly it implies that identified gender role is not primarily sexual. Sexuality is one of the four sacred and divinely ordained goals of complete human life. Other three being, Artha (money), Dharma (ethics-morality aspect of Sanatana tradition) and Moksha (final liberation). These goals are mutually dependent and holistically create the dharmic universe. A girl brought up with such values approach biological aspect of sexuality in far different way than a girl raised in Islamic or Christian values.
 
This primacy of sexuality in ‘Self’ identity is forcefully re-established in modern times by Freud employing a pseudo-scientific though exceptionally popular discipline called psychoanalysis. This is often employed to impose western sexuality-occupied guilt upon other non-susceptible traditions. Thus advertisements, entertainment, art-literature every aspect of Modern human being employ sexually enticing content for success. Unless an honest study of true ‘Self’ becomes concern of us all there is little hope that humanity can progress on the path of evolution.
 
PS : We choose Dharmic tradition as a counter to Western Abrahamic tradition here because it is one of those few traditions that have stoutly resisted Islamic and Christian onslaught for over a millennium and has survived and preserved its unique civilizational ethos which is consciousness-oriented, comprehensive, more scientific and properly recorded. The foundation of Dharmic Self identity lies in the concept of sacred order of the universe and existence. Ritam or the sacred cosmic order of the universe is inviolable. It is followed by stars, constellations, planets, by nature in cyclical seasons, flora and fauna and among human beings this is dharma.
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