The Counsel of Trent

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Sex, Lies, and Audiofiles

I was just listening to Avril Lavigne's cover of Green Day's "Basket Case" which has this line.
"I went to a whore, she said her life's a bore."

I thought, "that's a good illustration that endless sex is not the good life. But then the objection came back "But she doesn't get to chose who she has sex with, the good life is having sex with whomever you want." "Oh, I said, so the rapist is the truly happy one."

So the best version of the life-is-sex theory is the version that says happiness is sex between desirous consenting adults. "So swingers are the happiest people?" Demonstrably not. So where's the magic number? One thing's for sure, monogamy is the simple answer. Not as in "simplistic" but in the same way that the hypothesis that the Earth revolves around the sun in an elliptical orbit is simpler than the theory that the Sun revolves around the Earth in a pattern consisting of many epicycles. True, monogamy has it's problems, but, think about it logically, they are all inherited and multiplied in polygamy.

This is not intended to be the foundation on which the case for monogamy is founded, it's merely an observation inspired by some good music. For all that, I think it's worth considering.


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