"Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the 'windows of the soul'. When sex involves all the senses intensely it can be like a mystical experience." -- Jim Morrison.
Many men today have lost their ability to read. The conscious effort required to read words, turn a page and then follow a plot has been effectively relegated to the back burner of their daily activities.
Their wives on the other hand have developed their reading skills to new levels of achievement. These women have surpassed their husbands as far as creativity and word appreciation are concerned.
Girlie magazines, XXX-rated movies and even male enhancement drugs have deprived men of their natural right to stimulate and develop their imaginations as far as sex and overall personal creativity are concerned.
They provide an easy to use, stop-gap fix that provides men with a false sense of self and denies them the right to develop a long term plan for their own overall personal development. The body is satiated short term but the spirit and mind starved.
Soma was the imaginary ideal pleasure drug of choice mentioned in Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel entitled," Brave New World". Its chemistry and pharmacology were undefined. The drug could correctly be described as an opiate .
It appears to have been a hangoverless tranquilizer. Everyone in the novel was addicted to this quick fix . It offered immediate and guaranteed results to the user.
Swallowing today's pharmaceutical stand-in for Soma requires a lot less personal commitment. The developers and marketers behind the drug promises immediate and impressive results.
The potential side effects of the drug are glossed over. But they do exist . Men who are unable to take this sexual elixir oftentime view themselves as failures and worthy of ridicule.
My friend Bill is a male in his mid fifties, retired, two grandchildren and happily married. A few years ago he started to experience a light bout of male erectile dysfunction. He consulted his family physician and discovered that due to his age and an existing medical condition it would be unsafe for him to take the pill. Bill and his wife are not quitters. His wife Marcy is an avid reader and successfully convinced him to develop his reading skill.
This was a difficult thing for him to do at first. He claimed he hadn't read a book in years. Eventually he developed the reading bug and now claims that he makes time for reading every day. Him and his wife read together.
He recently told me that he gave up his addicition to girlie magazines and erotic video and decided to explore erotic literature. At first he was skeptical and a bit self conscious. His wife was understanding and sensitive to his concerns.
Their family therapist recommended that they take up reading together as a new personal pasttime. Eventually he began to appreciate not only the power of the printed word but also the way his imagination and overall creativity has improved and strengthened over time. His is a success story.