This section is from the book "Handbook Of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science", by Henry S. Munro. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science.
Hut before outlining practical ideas that should be disseminated as a means of prevention of the woeful blunders which those who are ignorant of the laws of sexual life, or from lack of knowledge in self-preservation from inexperience, are likely to make, as has been illustrated by the examples cited, it is well that we refer briefly to the more normal manifestations of the sexual instinct, and not leave the reader with a feeling of repugnance to this most sacred, most beautiful, and beneficent attribute of human nature, which popular theological morality has regarded as lust.
If sexual desire, the strongest bodily appetite - the highest function of health, love, and happiness - a necessary condition for life itself, is to be regarded as an evidence of sinfulness, and as the sign of the low and baser propensities in man, deserving only to be suppressed, stifled, and killed out in order that the divine and spiritual element, or what is regarded as the higher qualities belonging to human nature, may become manifested in our life and conduct, then we have conclusive evidence that the Creator made an unpardonable mistake, and should have consulted some of the antiquated theologians, who are responsible for much of the erroneous ideas concerning the "baseness," "lowness," and "sinfulness" of this beautiful, psychic, and physical passion, which is the most conspicuous and most prominent characteristic in the lives of all of the world's greatest men and women, and, above all others, deserves to be exalted, and in its manifestations guided into lines that uplift and ennoble mankind, and this guidance is true morality.
The sexual instinct, if properly guided, is capable of elevating and ennobling human character, promoting the development of the higher psychic qualities - generosity, magnanimity, reverence, altruism, philanthropy, and a tenacious stand for the right. But if the individual is left to obey the instincts inherent within his protoplasmic elements without judicious guidance, it may lead him to the lowest depths of depravity and jeopardize the happiness and success of the lives of others with whom his life is bound.
It is the sexual instinct which is the source of all that is pure and noble within the human race, and anything which hinders or arrests its normal development robs human character of all those virile qualities which are so highly esteemed. It is identical in every way with creative energy as manifested in all departments of human life and action.
The two strongest natural instincts are, and have ever been, side by side in all living animals, and it is questionable if they are not synonymous and identical. Self-preservation and the instinct of propagation are qualities of healthy, normal, vigorous living beings, wherever found. The instinct to propagate and the ability to light for the preservation of its progeny reverses its relative proportion as animal life rises in the scale of evolutionary development; so, in human beings they blend in what is commonly designated as virile qualities, and they are manifested in both psychic and physical attributes.
From this natural virility in man is the species preserved and the home created.
From it arises our delight in music, poetry, literature, sculpture, paintings, and all the attributes of art.
From it comes our enjoyment of rivalry in athletic sports, motoring, horse racing, ball games, rowing, shooting, dancing, singing, and oratory. This natural virility in man gives rise to his desire to associate with the opposite sex, and is the incentive to all social life.
It is the impulse that gives rise to educational institutions and forms of government.
It finds expression in the mechanical arts, invention, and navigation.
It manifests itself by the discovery of new countries, the clearing of forests, the building of cities, and the construction of railroads.
It is the impulse that gives rise to all the achievements of science, and incites the birth of all philosophies and religions.
It is the instinctive impulse that has prompted human activity in all ages, developed business and financial institutions, given rise to wars, cruelty, and bloodshed, or to philanthropic, benevolent, and charitable institutions.
In factories, on farms, in mines, school houses, stores, business places of all sorts, in the work of all professions - wherever human activity is manifested - there do we find the mode of expression of the natural virility, or sexual instinct, in its multifold manifestations, according to the psychic and physical potentialities of the individuals concerned.
A vigorous sexual nature is the logical accompaniment of a great intellect and a strong, healthy body.
Without it there would never have been a Plato, an Aristotle, ft Marcus Aurelius, a Darwin, a Huxley, a Tyndale, a Carlyle, an Emerson, a Gothe, a Shakespeare, a Milton, a Tennyson, an Edison, a Morse, a Stephenson, a Caesar, a Napoleon Bonaparte, a Payne, a Voltaire, a Hugo, a Webster, a Calhoun, a Clay, a Washington, a Grant, a Lee, a Buddha, a Confucius, a Jesus Christ, or any other one of the names of those who have possessed the high order of psychic and physical qualities of manhood to dare to get out of the beaten path of the common herd and give to humanity the highest expression and meaning of a life. These persons and thousands of like character, who have achieved special success in their respective departments of endeavor and become the world's true benefactors, have been men who have been endowed with the strongest natural passions and feelings, and their special achievements indicate the channels into which this inherent power of psychic and physical manhood had by them been directed. Without it, ambition would sleep, virtue would flee, pride would vanquish, and we would be as those who are emasculated - impotent, cowardly, and weak.
Without it the individual is unfit for life's battles, lacking in the distinctive qualities of sexual beauty, flabby in muscle, weak in mind, and minus the highest qualities of moral sense.