Happy Tyr’s Day
In my introduction last week I probably rushed it a little in one factor of how this “Of Wolves and Ravens” actually works as far as a philosophy. My main thing will be to take an issue (either political, economic, social or even personal) and working it through the philosophy summed up in the statement – “It’s OK to Feed the Wolves, but Listen to the Ravens First”.
My point is doing this is to basically create an exercise to engaging this new philosophy for myself. Hopefully in working through this philosophy, I can provide some insight that you the reader might find beneficial as well. Today I want to basically expand this philosophy a little with some examples so you the reader can understand what I am talking about in general. Next week I will pick our first issue. Each issue will be boiled down to the what we need and want but then engaging some reason and wisdom what is the best course of action. I am going to use the general topic of Sex as an example.
Needs (Geri): When looking at the need side of things we have to ask ourselves what is needed here? In the case of Sex, people as a race need to continue. The real need of sex is procreation. It might be argued that the entertainment value of sex is also a need but the issue of a need from a human point of view is about survival. Sex allows the human race to survive and go on. Sex needs to take place for this to happen. If we look at organisms and their needs water, food and procreation top the list for all living things and for humans one of these is procreation and sex is what we do to make that happen. No one, but the most extreme view would argue that the wolf of need for procreation needs to be fed.
Wants (Freki): We humans though like sex and want it. While some people want it for the procreative action as people do want to have children, the main thing about want and sex is that we enjoy the pleasure of it. Sex in and of itself is not evil or bad, so us wanting it is not wanting something bad either. The pleasure of sex is something good, we could conclude as it makes people feel better about life. It is OK to feed Freki when it comes to sex as it fills a desire and there is nothing inherently wrong with fulfilling a desire. It’s OK to feed the Wolves. It’s OK to have sex because it is enjoyable and it leads to the continuation of the human race.
Reason (Huginn): The real problem though is we must first listen to the Ravens before we make that choice. The one thing we need to think about is what are the consequences of sexual activity? Well this probably where I would note that ‘Sex’ as a topic might be a little broad but let’s continue. Mostly the issue here is unwanted pregnancy but that goes back to wants and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The question of unwanted pregnancies is a large issue and involves other issues such as abortion, religion and economics but this can be curbed quite a bit in the modern world if people use effective birth control. STDs are largely controlled by certain birth control methods but let’s be fair here – there is one benefit of sexual fidelity either abstinence or faithfulness to a single partner – the risk of STDs is near null. Reason says that effective birth control coupled by basic fidelity and caution might kick the two major concerns about sex out of the picture. at least for the most part.
Wisdom (Muninn): On a wisdom side of things, we deal with relationships. In western society it is a rare man or woman who doesn’t have a problem with jealousy. Rape is also an issue here because the issue of mutual consent is a Wisdom issue. Sex is not something you take from others, nor can we avoid the fact that human nature causes both men and women to eventually look for an exclusive sexual relationship. Not all cultures are this way, so each one would have to be considered but in our society if you go sleeping around the other person is probably going to get upset and a breakup is probably in your future. Some people can be open about this in their relationships, but they seem to be the exception rather than the rule. There are a lot of issues I could continue to talk about here and I can definitely say that the subject of sex is too broad a topic to handle in one post, but I hope you get the idea.
At this point I might wrap things up with a conclusion. Mostly when it comes to the subject of sex, my advice would be to be safe, respectful and communicate so boundaries are understood. There is a lot more here but for example purposes, I hope it helps you understand what “Of Wolves and Ravens” is going to be about.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.