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Understanding Sexual Abuse

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Women are saying they’re not surprised at the scope of the sexual abuse allegations being lobbied against numerous high profile celebrities. Women also say it’s about time as most men in positions of power act no different. These are troubling times but in order to understand the prevalence of sexual abuse in society we first need to Understand Life and its key mechanism; Desire.

Sexual abuse is much more than men acting badly. It’s also not a transgression that is perpetrated exclusively by men. Sexual abuse has to do with nature and the human ability and/or willingness to manage it. In other words, people who abuse others sexually are acting on their natural sexual inclinations; they just don’t care about the ethics of their actions.

Nature is Life and Life functions by mechanisms. The key Life mechanism in humans is Desire. Desire has too parts, the craving and the reward. Our cravings are our Triggers and our rewards are our Hormones that facilitate sensations of pleasure. Two common reward hormones are Dopamine and Serotonin. Important to know is that too much of anything will make you an addict, naturally and artificially.

A trigger ingredient in a substance is what causes artificial addiction. For example, the natural Trigger in Marijuana it THC. Once THC enters the Brain it triggers brain neurotransmitters to release Dopamine creating a sense of pleasure and euphoria. Addiction occurs when the neurotransmitters get damaged from too much triggering. They get stuck into calling for more THC until they are fulfilled over and over.

Natural addiction occurs when we become obsessed with a natural instinct such beauty or sex. In Sex addiction the trigger is the physical sensation of (touch), which released the pleasure hormone. Therefore we (desire) to experience the feeling over and over in an obsessive manner. So, if sex is natural how does it result in aggressive and abusive behavior? The problem is the result of a deficiency of Conscience.

Conscience is a mind force that is developed by consciously practicing three things in daily life; fairness, equity, and accountability. As one’s conscience develops so does one’s self discipline, willpower, ethics, and moral fortitude. The result is that when the natural inclinations of nature arise within us, we will have several tools to manage it.

People who engage in sexual abuse have weak consciences. They do not have enough self-discipline to control their sexual desires but they somehow manage by the fear of the consequences of the laws of society. However, in positions of power they become narcissistic and will take advantage of the vulnerabilities of their victims. They know that their victims will either fear the consequence of speaking out or will reluctantly trade sexual favor for personal gain.

Are you in a sexually abusive situation or have you been sexually abused in the past? Now that you understand the essence of sexual abuse it’s time to speak out. Summon up your courage and join the throngs of people who are saying “no” to sexual abuse. Speaking out will serve to raise the level of consciousness pertaining to all other unethical aspects of life on a whole.

Seedless Fruits

Fruits are a great source of vitamins and minerals for the Body and Brain. Fruits are often considered pleasure or snack foods because while they don’t necessarily satisfy a hungry belly they can tide you over until the next meal. Many people believe that fruits are gifts from god because of their sweetness and their ability to provide pleasure to the senses. The only parts of fruits that we don’t like are the seeds so for over 200 years humans have set about eliminating seeds from fruits.

Did you know that like the creation story of the Bible, fruits also played a large role in creating the theory of Evolution that they teach in school? In 18th century Europe the grafting of plants to modify or create new verities lead to a new way of perceiving nature. People like Darwin and others began to notice the mechanisms that produced the traits or characteristics of plants and animals. That led to the theory of Evolution of plants, animals, and humans. It has also lead to the rampant genetic modification of fruits to reproduce without seeds so that they can commodify Life and profit off of it. No wonder so many species of birds and insects are disappearing on a daily basis.

If there is a process then there must be an author, some call it god; I call it Life. The purpose of every living thing in nature is to multiply and flourish while humanity has an added mandate of universal awareness. Fruits propagate by appealing to the senses of insects, animals, and humans. They are colorful which appeals to the eyes while their sweetness appeals to our taste and smell. When consumed in moderation they provide essential nutrients for all insect or animal that consume them.

As stated before, the only part of a fruit that is undesirable is the seed but did you know that the appeal of a fruit is only a mechanism in the process of the fruit’s Life cycle? Of course fruits can fall from a tree and germinate where it lands but seed dispersal and fertilization is a far more effective process. Fruits protect their seeds with an antacid coating so once eaten a seed has a high probability of passing through the belly of an animal or bird, coming out fertilized with nitrates and ready to grow.

Some birds are even pre-disposed to desiring seeds and since they don’t have teeth and cannot digest the seeds the seeds end up passing right through them intact. So why do Birds desire seeds? The answer is Life is acting on their minds to help contribute to the whole of itself.

Humans, on the other hand have a different purpose. Life does not manipulate Humans to be seed distributors the same way as birds however; our awareness should inform us that we have a duty to respect the mechanisms in nature. The tree of Life has already produced seedless fruits that are serving their purpose perfectly. Do you know your purpose as an AfRAkan; the Tree of Life’s first fruits?

When we persist with irrational behaviors by displaying a lack of respect for nature it only reveals that we lack awareness of the mechanisms in Life. We also have become like those seedless fruits that we desire so much. We have grown so desire dependent on the beauty and sweetness of the things that give us pleasure in Life that we cannot see that we are killing ourselves.