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Evolution Is Erotic Morality

Published May, 2024

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In the conception of Eros, there is no such thing as sin. There is only evolved behavior and unevolved behavior.

— To the tumescent mind that seeks the quick fix from pain through punishment, evolving the unevolved is not only unsatisfying, it is also too time- and work-intensive a process. —

The tumescent mind wants pain to end now, and will employ short-term and ineffective means toward that end. Eros is steeped in the eternal and is far more interested in effective methods than vindication. If vindication or punishment worked sustainably, Eros would be happy to employ them. It is simply that in the long term, these methods not only fail to curb the behavior; they most often increase it.

Short-Term Memory

However, the tumescent mind has short-term memory. It does not pay attention to the compounding of damage that punishment brings. The basic premise of Eros is that in an entirely practical way, when rooted in the evolutionary impulse, people are always looking to access the higher-order states of consciousness: love, joy, belonging, purpose, freedom. This impulse has nothing to do with background or how good or bad a person is. It is built into the very structure of being human.

— There is not a single person without this drive because as humans, we naturally seek to avoid pain and seek pleasure. —

We tend to believe that people who live in these states are “good people.” However, it’s not that there is anything innately special about these people; they are simply practical. They enjoy these states of being and thus are deeply incentivized to remain inside of them, tending toward choices that secure their position in these states, and away from choices that risk it.

— Evolved behaviors, like generosity and courage, will secure these states. Unevolved behaviors, such as coercion or duplicity, often threaten them. —

Thus, people who have a fair amount of familiarity with these states are predisposed to self-regulate, and they do it because it’s more enjoyable—not because it’s externally defined as morally superior or good.

Three things are then necessary to access higher-order states of consciousness. A person must first have a sense of where they want to get to, like an internal compass. Then they develop a working knowledge of skillful means for accessing these states—a map. And finally, they need the fuel to get there, which is the power to carry out that knowledge.

Beyond Labels

The issue then has absolutely nothing to do with labels of sin or evil or external prerogatives of good or bad—as much as the collective ego would like to reduce it to such, lock the “bad” away, and throw away the key.

— This method is done as a way to avoid doing the deliberate and slow work it requires to build great human beings, and investing the amount of care, connection, and understanding from those who know more and can support the process. —

It robs us of the smug hit we get when we can summarily reduce and dismiss the “bad”—a hit that is a sad substitute for the long-term effect of seeing someone grow into their greatness.

Compassion and Understanding

To truly begin to shift the way we see people in terms of good and bad, we would need to understand there are no bad people, only people with inaccurate maps for how to get to the higher states of being that would have them self-correct and contribute back to the whole.

— We need great compassion to recognize that people who cause pain are in pain, and the pain they are using is the best they know, or perhaps they lack the power to carry out what they know. —

Therefore, the absolute very last thing they need is punishment. Punishing people for being in pain while slapping them with a label of “sinful” is insanity, yet we do it every day.

The Role of Power

We do not recognize that when we are able to act on the beneficial and not act on the harmful, it is only by the grace of power. We discount the role power plays in the equation, believing our inherent goodness is what prevailed. We do not ask why we are able to do this and another person is not, or why we are able to do it this time and not the last time. 

If we truly wanted a world without sin, we would replace programs that punish (including where we punish ourselves) with programs that bring about power. Self-knowledge is power, and anyone who has true self-knowledge and power joins a class of people who are beneficial for the world.

Redefining Morality

This is not because they fear getting in trouble—which at best creates a person who only follows rules—but because they understand it’s the path to getting what they most desire.

— Words like sin and evil are convenient ways to attempt to distance ourselves from the complexities of pain. —

These words are how we excuse ourselves from what would be required to evolve—not eradicate—those behaviors. We have the choice: We can separate ourselves and fracture the interconnection between all of us, or build connections that heal.

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Related Sutras:

Sutra 42 | Fullness Cushions Reactivity

Sutra 69 | Tumescence From Withdrawn Consciousness

Sutra 91 | Erotic Ethics

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