173. Sensual Fun vs. Rigid Belief

21 May

Contrast these two extremes. (1) A nightclub where there is loud, exciting music, flirtation, women in revealing outfits, people dancing, and generally, a lot of happy fun. And (2) devoted people praying in a religious setting. (Note: this blog deals with character traits, without making value judgements. I do respect religion.)

For a long time, I have noted that there is a spectrum, ranging from my 1 to 2, from uninhibited rhythmic wild joy — to rigid beliefs in God’s higher plan. This is not a simple distinction, and many people fit at different points along this spectrum. Some people start out one way and end up at the other extreme. In a few cases, a person could even have both traits simultaneously.

The reason why this is so important, is because this distinction forms the basis of some governments, conflicts and even wars. Osama bin Laden’s 911 attack on New York City is an example of this distinction. Much of Bin Laden’s philosophy is based on the writings of Sayyid Qutb (pronounced coo’tub). Qutb was an Egyptian writer that lived for a while in Greeley, Colorado, about 1950. He had a “vision” that God wanted humans to manage the Earth in a respectful, controlled, and “harmonious” way. He described the people of Greeley to be crude, brutish, obsessed with jazz, and the women flaunted their bodies. Qutb definitely did not fit in and if you look at his pictures, you can see why. He could have ignored this “crude” world, but he decided that it should be destroyed, a “Jihad.” The hatred, I think, is based on being unable or afraid to participate in the fun. I suppose that women in general found him undesirable. I suspect that Osama bin Laden, who had five wives and more than 20 children, had a good bit of fun, but many of his followers did not and had the Qutb type of hatred.

Let’s call this spectrum from wild-fun to rigid-beliefs. I see this contrast within the people of the USA. One type of person is deeply religious, is devoted to God, and deep down in his heart is jealous of the fun-loving types. I believe that the leaders in Alabama that want to make abortion totally illegal, are way into the rigid God-Plan end of the spectrum. Examples at the other end are Presidents Clinton and Obama. Sexy Clinton played the sax and enjoyed many women. Obama clearly enjoyed Al Green’s “Let’s stay together” song, a definite proof. He even sang, in public, a little of the song.

The above analysis, of course, is an over-simplification, and there are many human traits and spectra. I have written this blog for two reasons. The first is to understand why certain religious groups hate the fun-loving people so much that they want to kill as many as possible. My guess is two reasons: one is jealousy and the feelings of rejection. The other is that it tends to undermine their beliefs: people are having fun and many are ignoring God and religion. They might think, “I am being good, and defending God, and praying to make God feel good, and is all that for naught?

The other reason for this blog is that I want to define a certain character trait. It could be called “sensual rhythm.” I think that most healthy and attractive people, living in a peaceful community (and without Asperger’s syndrome) would have that trait, at least to some extent (both sexes). People with this trait usually like parties, sex, flirtation, love songs, Afro-Cuban music like Santana’s pieces, etc. People without this trait can lead joyful lives with other values, such as, intellectual accomplishments, art, or different kinds of music. Many take great joy in church and charitable activities. I am not making value judgments, just trying to better understand human behavior. I welcome comments and expect some nasty remarks from some people.

3 Responses to “173. Sensual Fun vs. Rigid Belief”

  1. the #1 Itinerary May 21, 2019 at 11:27 am #

    Great post 🙂

    • Richard May 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

      Thank you

      • the #1 Itinerary May 21, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

        No problem 🙂 check out my blog when you get the chance 😄

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