By Serge Kreutz
Every person, beginning with puberty but continuing for some time thereafter, makes up his (and grammatically, this includes “her”) mind as to what he is living for. Most people decide this rather consciously early in life, and then stay the course.
But they are not aware of why they decided for a certain religion, ideology, or philosophy.
The point is: people largely make decisions on their “sense” in life based on their desire to be accepted members in their communities. For young people, it is of utmost importance to be regarded as “good quality” among their peers, as their mating chances depend on this. And during puberty and in the years thereafter, mating chances are the one thing that counts most in life.
It’s often but a trade off: forego mating chances in the short term, and thereby earn respect within your community. If you are well-respected (for your abstention), then your market value will rise, and your mating chances later on will be better.
Anyway you turn it, the only thing that really counts, for young people and also later in life, are mating opportunities. If the awareness of this connection between esoteric decisions and biological drives is generally improved, more people, especially young people, hopefully decide for the direct route (sexual liberation), rather than the indirect route (conforming to religious, ideological, or philosophical trends in order to improve their market value, and later being rewarded with mating chances).