The more I ponder the topic of celibacy, the more clear it becomes. The fundamental question is, Are we made for sex? Put differently, but getting at the same issue: Is our most basic nature sexual?
In the book that got me started on this whole little trip in my brain, there’s an interesting claim. That claim is that monks and nuns are quite unique in the world. Because they are open and honest about the fact that they are sublimating their sexuality to other purposes.
Sublimation, as you may know, is a Freudian concept. The idea is that we might turn a certain type of desire into another type of desire. In this case, the idea is that monks and nuns take sexuality and convert it to spirituality.
But there’s a certain ammount of question-begging going on here.
Freud was open about the fact that he began with the assumption that sexuality is at the core of our beings. The world is a little more subtle about this implication but no less staunch for all that. Built into the very fiber of our being is our sexual nature.
What was striking to me about the two quotes from proponents of celibacy that I posted previously, was their idea that what they are doing is in fact much more in keeping with the way that we are constructred.
I think that it should be taken into account that with out sex none of us would have been born. However, the views of these monks and nuns is worth wrestling with…
What if it is we who are sublimating… converting a certain type of energy into something it wasn’t supposed to be?
I think that scripture ought to be the final authority… Paul, in particular, has got some interesting things to say on the subject. Until I get there… what are you thinking about the topic?