In order to get a better understanding of the
correlation between sexuality and Eros — their divergence in time and their
profound inner unity — we should get acquainted with the law of "the
double expression of feelings." This law consists in the fact that all
movements, feelings and all the deep agitation that comes out of the very
depths of the human being look for a double expression — bodily and psychic.
Any feeling, say fear, may serve as an example of this double expression. Fear
is expressed in a number of bodily changes (heartbeat, syncope, paleness,
trembling of the limbs, weakness of voice etc.). At the same time there arises a
psychic wave, which brings about certain feelings of fear (tension, terror,
depression that causes weakness of memory and will, state of emotionlessness).
This psychic "wave" seeks for expression in the work of imagination
(which is well noticed by the proverb that "fear has big eyes"), and,
through imagination, it influences all the spiritual structure.
The essence of the abovementioned law is not just
to ascertain the double expression of feelings. It also shows that one
expression (for example, the bodily one) does not replace the other (the
mental-spiritual), and cannot be replaced with the latter as well. The law
comes forward with full power when an expression (for example, a physical
feeling) is constrained or suppressed. In this case its energy does not go out
in another expression (for example, the mental-spiritual one); and the
suppression of one expression determines the suppression of the other. Freud
has the honor of having discovered that our subconscious is hiding within
itself a number of similar complexes — desires and feelings that had once been
moved into the depths of our being.
Looking upon the sphere of gender in the light of
the law of double expression we can easily understand that under normal
conditions sexuality and Eros must develop simultaneously, enriching each
other, rather than forcing each other out. A "splitting" or division
of sexuality and Eros, of which we have spoken above, and which can be ascribed
to a sickly period of maturing, is rooted in their mutual indispensability and
the impossibility to remove either of the expressions from the life of gender.
Nevertheless, the divergence of sexuality and Eros, while so natural for youth, is in itself a drawback, since only in family and
marital life the wholeness in this sphere can be restored.
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