55-TAMING OUR ANS

 

When Christianity was created in 325CE on the premise that we were godlike creatures, not animals, it did everything it could to make us ignore our ANS. Our Judeo-Christian world was built in a scientific vacuum, and if science plays such a large part in our world today, it’s thanks to the Huguenots and Sephardim who created the Bank of England in 1694, and Mayer Amschel Rothschild, an Ashkenazi, who created the Bank of North America in 1781. Those bankers who were now sure of being repaid for the first in the history of man then invested in R&D at will. Today, the world of plenty being the result of those investments, most of us are mesmerized by the good life we experience or should experience, and willingly ignore that we must answer to our ANS on a daily basis like all animals on earth. It is almost impossible to put ourselves in the situation of the Andes Crash Disaster where normal well-educated people were forced to resort to cannibalism in order to survive.

We are genetically programmed to go to extremes to survive, and we will eat our fellow humans, drink our urine, and have sex in most violent ways in order to do so. In order to survive, we have a few minutes to get air, a few days to get water, and a month or so to get food. But since we live in a world of plenty, where even in the worse case, like in Africa, we have access to air, water and food, we spend too much time thinking about the pleasures linked to reproduction.

As for urination and defecation, since early twentieth century, there are toilets everywhere and we take those bodily functions in stride. Of the five bodily functions that demand our constant attention, hunger, thirst, defecation, urination and sexual drive, the latter creates the most havoc in our lives because it is the only one we haven’t learned to control with our modern brain. As recent as two hundred years ago, we spent most of our time looking for food, water and shelter, and we thought of sex in a timely fashion. Today, it’s a complete reversal, we have a lot of time on our hands and we spend an inordinately amount of that time dealing with everything relating to our sex drive and wondering how attractive others think we are. Needless to say, it creates quite an imbalance in our lives, and it’s causing us a lot of grief.

We started using tools around 3 million years ago, and by the time we mastered the art of fire making, around 1mya, we were still hunters and gatherers. The ability to make tools and fire was a considerable advance in our evolution, but it was only when we decided to settle down, some 20 thousand years ago, that we started being the humans we are today. That’s when we unwittingly started to respond to our ANS in an organized way. We began planting and growing food in order to store it and avoid famine down the road. We built shelters close to a good water supply, on land where things grew, and realizing that there was strength in numbers, we started associating with other groups.

As hamlets grew, humans soon realized that they had to do something about their body waste. Stench and pestilence had to be dealt with if they planned on living together. As wanderers, it was something they had never thought about. But now, they had to think not only about growing food and having a steady supply of clean water, but also of getting rid of human waste that fouled their living space. However, it was only until very recently, at the very end of the 19th century, that thirst, hunger, urination and defecation, our main ANS imperatives, were dealt with in a systematic way. That was when electricity made tap water and water treatment plants common place and when grocery stores abounded.

We may have learned to deal with thirst, hunger, urination and defecation, but we definitely haven’t regarding sex. When we started growing food some 20kya, life got easier, and since sex was a source of intense pleasure, the males did what came naturally by devoting more time to sexual encounters. Instead of learning to control their sex drive, they gave it free rein. And the stronger and wilier males, realizing that dominating the physically weaker females, whether in estrus or not, was a way of experiencing sexual pleasure, did just that.

Prior to our breaking the time barrier, the alpha males dominated the lower order males, and the alpha females dominated the lower order females in order to establish hierarchy within the group. The alpha male serviced all the females when they were in estrus, hence willing, and everybody was happy except for the lower order males, for being deprived of reproduction privileges meant they were deprived of sexual pleasure. Since sexual pleasure is Mother Nature’s way of forcing us to reproduce, and since the males had no access to the females, they were frustrated. But after we left the world of natural selection, the lower order males found ways to outwit the alpha and started to physically dominate the females in order to get sexual pleasure. It was a complete reversal of fortune for the female gender. Now, all the lower order males could find ways to dominate the females whom they treated as sex objects, reproducers and field hands. The female ceased to be an equal partner, and we still see remnants of that social behavior in todays society. It could be said that intelligence is what caused this mess, and only by using intelligence can we re-establish a true social equilibrium.

Things did get a little better for women 5kya. As leisure time became more plentiful, there were more idle males, and they developed reading and writing, which in turn gave rise to religions. It was still very much a macho world, but the threat of bad gods who were aware of the males’ atrocious behavior and who could send them to hell or some such place after death, made them sit up and listen. When the Christian religion was created in 325CE, it started enforcing the concept of monogamous unions, and thereon in, the males had to put their penis in check when they went into society, although they could still do what they wanted at home.

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