HILE the many forms of intellectual and spiritual attainment never cease to reward, the greatest physical pleasures of life are erotic in nature, especially when they also incorporate gifts of the mind and heart.
While not confined to the purpose of procreation, erotic delights are nature-powered by that ultimate biological necessity.
They are exceeded in intensity only by substances which short-circuit climax, such as crack cocaine. Yet the crack addict ultimately sees this dependence not as an upgrade but a forfeit to chemical slavery of not only his own erotic power but the accompanying accouterments of love and union, which include aspects of the intellectual and spiritual.
To the objective person therefore it might seem at first reflection odd that such a mighty, powerful, and constructive gift has been so repressed by societies through the ages. Yet despite subsequent fear, envy, persecutory desire, and other oppressions, a primary motive for such rulemaking was in the pursuit of good.
One such motive is for the prevention of disease, resulting in prohibitions against free love (more partners than necessary), intimacy with animals, and with close relatives.
Another motive was for the protection of persons— children, those unable to give consent, and those who elect for one reason or another not to give consent.
A more morally-ambivalent reason was for the protection of marital and other rights, for example the privilege of coital exclusivity.
Times, circumstances, and knowledge changes though— thus laws, morals, and attitudes regarding sex.