It gives me great PLEASURE to announce……

Wednesday February 11, 2015 11 a.m.

Dear Fellow Anthropological Enigmas:
Don’t ask me why, but I think we have been programmed by our Intelligent Designer to eventually experience PLEASUE
as we evolved from our animal state to where we are now. Intuitively, we all want to be Happy, to have a keen sense
of Well-Being, to be as Contented as a well-fed cat, to have Peace of Mind, to experience Joy, to achieve Self-Fulfillment
and arrive at a state of Bliss for these reasons:
1. All five of our Senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, initially
evolved to help our cavemen forebears Survive in a hostile environment for obvious reasons. Then, gradually, over thousands
of years, the five Survival senses mysteriously became the source of Pleasure. That’s why we now have: Gourmet Foods that
thrill our Taste Buds.
Very expensive wines. (Some a thousand bucks a bottle!)
A Taste for sweets, like ice cream, cakes and candy.
Expensive perfumes and lotions, and the Pleasure we get from Smelling fragrant flowers, like roses.
A fondness to Touch the Smooth skin of those we love and Smooth objects, like Prayer Stones. (Google them)
Art Masterpieces that Please the Eye like Michelangelo’s Pieta and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The many forms of Music that Please the Ear, such as Symphonies (Beethoven’s 9th), Operas (Carmen) and Songs (Dolly Parton’s
romantic I will always love you.)
2. Somewhere along the line a God-Given Gift, our keen Sense of Beauty emerged that enabled us to find Pleasure in Movie
Musicals like Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain, in Literature (To Children, with Love), in People (Think Beauty Pageants),
in Nature (Think Rainbows, Sunrises and Sunsets, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and views from the Tops of Mountains.)
3. The Pleasures we derive from being Creative. This could apply to
working with our hands to make and build things, to making great discoveries (think Discovering America, lost cities, fossils),
solving difficult problems (Like how the Universe and life began), curing diseases, scientific achievements, like landing on the
moon and returning to earth, and contemplating such things as how and why we came to exist, where did moons, comets, asteroids,
and the billions of galaxies with their trillions of stars in them came from.

I once teasingly told a preacher that God made a big mistake. He said
sternly, “God never makes a mistake!” I said, “He sure did when he made Sex so darn Pleasurable! Think of all the serious problems
that has caused: Prostitution, rapes, pedophilia, adultery, divorces, homosexuality, you name it.” Then I added: “But it’s worth
it, isn’t it!?”

Sex is one of a very few activities where we humans can experience the acme of all pleasures, ECSTASY. I have no idea how our cavemen
felt about it, but all I want to say about it is a WOW experience and I am still saying it, thanks to our Intelligent Designer who
didn’t have to provide us with a Gift lower animals, even apes, don’t seem to have.

A human being is part of a whole,
called by us the “Universe,”
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings,
as something separated from the rest –
a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
The delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection
for the few persons nearest us.
Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening our circles
of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein