We are driven by our desires, our lust, our passions but are contained and confined in a small space by a series of well-meaning social contracts that were created to focus our desires, lusts, and passions in one specific direction and many of us strive to stay on this path even though it’s not as simple or as easy as we may have been told and more so when we find that even though we’ve been prepared with the same information, our interpretations of this information are often too different to allow congruency in our efforts to remain in the path.
I know I’ve asked, as has many others past and present: Is this all there is? There are two answers: Yes and no. Those social contracts I mentioned say yes – this is all there is to it so accept it, stay on the path without deviation and if things aren’t working out for you, too bad and if you cannot handle the difficulties the path will present, that’s your fault so quit your bitching and move along, move along.
We either know of or otherwise learn that there is another answer and one that, at first, seems so far out of the box and a great departure from the proscribed path that it’s both scary and exciting at the same time; we understand, in some way, that there’s another path that proves there is more, that what we’ve experienced to date isn’t all there is but the social contracts, which are aware of this path, prohibit is from stepping onto it.
The answers are right there, always within our reach, but barred from us by a barrier than is more flimsy and unsubstantial than we know but, at some point, we become aware that all it would take to breach this barrier is to take one step onto this other path that and dare to learn that which we’ve been warned not to learn.
Many hesitate, cowed by the dire warnings not to do this, to not violate the long-standing, time-tested contractual obligations that still provides focus and that singular direction… but many do not because the siren call of that which can answer the question of, “Is this all there is?” can be terribly powerful in it’s frightening allure and portents of great danger while creating a great conflict that, simply, is all about staying on the proper path versus taking that step to find the answer that just might satisfy our desires, our lusts and passions.
This other path is filled to bursting with the forbidden and the taboo, an almost perfect antithesis to the contracts that we’ve been compelled to obey. Indeed, there are some who insist that this other path doesn’t exist, that it shouldn’t exist but there it is, just one mere step away and all one has to do is move in that direction and learn – as so many others already have – that there is more to to this, that there are things along this path that can provide succor for our desires, lists, and passions and now, all that’s left is to take that one step if we can and if we dare to because we’ve been told and even shown what will happen should we take that step.
Those who cannot and will not take that step continue on the preferred path and they are troubled to know that the other path is still right there but the fear of reprisal says that taking that one step isn’t worth invoking the wrath of those who believe in the promises of the contracts. But…
Each and every day, two men get naked with each other along the forbidden path and learn that, yes, there is more than what we’ve been told there is; the realization dawns that there has always been more than what we’ve been told, that the abomination of taking another man’s penis into their mouth isn’t so abominable; indeed, it’s rather pleasant, exciting, and more than capable of appeasing our desires, our lusts and passions and more so if we are able to walk both paths as if they were a single path but, as one might expect, doing so is even harder than staying on a single path but it is doable.
Again, realization dawns that it’s always been doable, that it is being done at any given moment in the here and now, and with the sure knowledge that the ability and desire to walk both paths as one will remain in the unforeseen future. We know that there are dangers and pitfalls along this path but these pitfalls and dangers exist along the preferred path as well – life is like that, after all; some manage to avoid the sinkholes along the path, some don’t but, still, it’s the way life itself is: No one escapes unscathed; everyone’s journey along whatever path they choose to walk does, in fact, have the exact same destination.
That step is taken because nothing ventured, nothing gained, and there can be no gain without risk and, yes, life is too short and fleeting and since the preferred path isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be, hmm, why not see what else there is because it is also true that you never know what you can do until you try.
Some will, some won’t; many already have, many stay on the preferred path on the outside looking in either in great longing or greeted loathing; many more will take that one step to learn for themselves if there is, in fact, more than what we’ve already seen.