Aging and Sex

January 22nd, 2012

Growing old and sex

I think that it was Euripides, the Greek playright.  He was asked how he felt upon reaching such an advanced age.  He replied, ” I am only grateful to be released from the grasp of the great beast of sexual desire.”

I’ve read that it you get almost the same amount of rest when you just lie in bed, as when  you are actually asleep.  More,  while it may seem as though you are awake all night, the truth is usually that you are going in and out of sleep; you don’t notice the times when you are sleeping, because…well, you’re asleep, uncoscious; what seems like a continuous wakefulness is really interrupted sleep. You don’t remember the times you were not aware of.

Looking back at your life is a lot like that.  You only remember the times you were especially aware:  special occasions, sad moments, trauma, joy.  The rest is unconscious, a sort of misty awareness that time must have passed, but not something noticed enough to stay with you.

Like if life were a long subway trip, where you pop up from underground, have a look around, maybe take in a show or dinner, then back down you go, till the next stop comes along.

  1. jb
    January 23rd, 2012 at 21:40 | #1

    I’m not getting the connection between the first paragraph and the later ones. I sure get the later ones, and I’m not sure how I feel about the first ¶. That beast is insatiable, but it sure can deliver.

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