Re: Catholic/Religious guilt over sex
I think the shame goes to the basic cornerstone that pretty much every deistic religion has: the human consciousness.
Mankind is expected to use logical thinking despite its emotions, since the rational self awareness is the only thing that can be pointed to that no other animal possesses. Other animals seem to be capable of all of our emotions, but no other animal is able to think rationally like we do.
Most religions seem to find various ways for us to hone the rational part of our lives so that we can be fully in charge of our lives, instead of making our decisions based on how we feel in the moment, as animals do. So naturally, the activities that elicit the strongest emotions are discouraged, and the activities that bring about a more rational mental state are encouraged.
Many deistic religions use shame as a way to discourage activity that may cause people to become given to their emotional state. I think few of the followers really stop and think about why.
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