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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-23-08 11:50 AM
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9. Shattering the Sacred Myths

>>Sexual reproduction
Most people consider it to be their purpose in life to find a partner and raise a family. Men, women, and the traditional family structure have all evolved for the creation, protection, and education of new generations. But there is a cold reality behind the warmth of love. Sexual reproduction is about increasing the rate of evolution, not about increasing the size of the population.

The reason why humankind is divided into males and females is because sexual reproduction allows the beneficial mutations from separate ancestries to be combined in the DNA of a few fortunate children. Sexual desire is usually what brings couples together, romantic feelings keep them interested for a time, and then the bond that grows through familiarity may keep them together for life.

There are no perfect rules for sexual behavior, but the conservative elements of society often try to enforce traditional rules and understandings. Sometimes when these rules are based upon mistaken ideas, they generate more problems than they solve.

Since prehistoric times, restraint of the sexual instinct has been one of the primary responsibilities of religion. Females were generally forbidden from having sex until a public commitment was made by the male to stay with the female and raise the children. Marriage rituals and laws against adultery reduced the transmission of sexual diseases and provided a stable family environment for the raising of new generations. In some cultures, divorce was forbidden and adultery was punishable by death.

Population growth
Around ten thousand years ago, the population of the entire world was around ten million people. This was the maximum number of people that could be fed by hunting wild animals and gathering plants. The population increased when the climate improved and the land became more fertile. When the climate worsened and the land became less fertile, children starved and the competition for territory usually led to tribal war.

Food became abundant and populations grew as the knowledge of farming spread. By the time of the Roman Empire, the population of the world had multiplied to over one hundred million people.

Albert Einstein once said ...

I am convinced that some political and social activities and practices of the Catholic organizations are detrimental and even dangerous for the community as a whole, here and everywhere. I mention here only the fight against birth control at a time when overpopulation in various countries has become a serious threat to the health of people and a grave obstacle to any attempt to organize peace on this planet.

While most religious leaders express strong opinions on issues associated with sexual morality like marriage, homosexuality, and abortion, they rarely ever speak out about real moral issues like racism, dictatorship, or war. If anything, traditional religion is often used to justify these rather than to oppose them.

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