URGE: what a powerful word with which to describe the insatiable forces of nature. In general this word suggest a persistent inclination or force to completion of an action. Everywhere we look, those forces are being played out to completion or attempted completion. For instance, the waves of an ocean roll on to shore in unrelenting fashion–a rock-slide on a mountain persists until it meets an unrelenting opposite force. Personally, as a farmer and gardener, I have observed thousands of times how living vegetation exhibits those powerful urges to reproduce. In the spring and early summer, a specific weed or grass may grow for weeks and reach considerable height before any sign of seed appear on its stem—it seems to be taking its ‘good ole easy time’ with no sense of urgency. As a matter of principle, there is no urgency—it has all summer to ‘get the job done’. However, in late summer and fall, that same weed or grass sprig may sprout today and show seed formation in just a few days–a dramatic sense of urgency—frost is coming soon and that means death. The species must be reproduced at all cost—there is no time for leisure ‘growth loafing’. In the animal kingdom we observe that same sense of urgency albeit in somewhat different fashion. Typically, the larger, stronger male will challenge all others for the breeding rights to an impatiently waiting female—the survival of the fittest. Humans are little different. The urge for reproduction is unrelenting. The main difference is that humans make an attempt at being civilized in their choice of mate. Given the opportunity, the average human will breed ‘come hell or high water’—and whether or not the opportunity presents itself, the unrelenting ‘urge’ is always there. Throughout the centuries of Christianity’s existence, the Church has attempted to stifle that urge– I have often wondered for what purpose. Was/is it a deliberate attempt to control the masses, or does the Church consider sex to be intrinsically evil? I suspect a tinge of both. The net result of attempting to thwart the second strongest urge in life is the generation of millions and millions of neurotic and or psychotic people. Taylor, in his very astute book Sex In History, described medieval Europe as one giant cesspool of psychosis generated by the Church’s attempts to demonize and suppress sexual activity—the inquisition lives on even till today. The Church can’t physically harm you, but for those who submit to its teachings, the likelihood is they are permanently psychologically harmed. I am convinced that this singular attitudinal teaching of religion is the primary cause of most neurotic disease in the world. As people worldwide have become more educated and introspective, they have abandoned religion as being irrelevant in their lives. This is borne out by statistics which show church attendance to be diminishing steadily. That does not coincide with lack of spirituality in those people—it simply means that their common sense overrides irrational concepts propagated by religion. These concepts and many, many more are drawn out extensively in my two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality—both books published by Covenant Books. If you have an ‘urge’ for truth, their readings are mandatory. All comments welcomed. You may like the attached trailer video produced by Covenant Books about Wilderness Cry.