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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Animals and True Freedom

Often the main differentiation between humans and animals is said not to be genetic, but our ability to make moral decisions and exhibit soulish capacities (i.e. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?, etc.). A lion doesn’t feel bad for mauling his lunch and a squirrel doesn’t wake up in the morning depressed he has to get up and look for nuts again today.
In addition to these uniquely human traits, I believe true freedom is the state of being able to choose to not do what your nature desires to do. Popular belief is that freedom is being able to do whatever you want to do with no restrictions. This would seem accurate, but I think having the ability to choose to not do what you want to do, still having the ability to do whatever you want to do, is a more freeing disposition to be in.

This relates to us because volitional virginity combines the epitome of what it means to be human (by regarding the most carnal of our relational inhibitions and human morality…i.e. choosing whether or not to engage in sex), and the quintessence of personal freedom (by resisting it under one’s own fruition). The combination of these empowers its bearer with life’s most liberated existence. Sex is great I’m sure. But it is only sex. And even a virgin knows that it’s a very fleeting feeling. Yet resisting sex for the pursuit of a higher, and pointedly more selfless, good? You’re treading very rare, yet very human territory here. Animals could only dream of that sort of volition... Can animals even dream?

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