The erotic functions for me in several ways, and the first is in providing the power which comes from
sharing deeply any pursuit with another person. The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or
intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not
shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
Another important way in which the erotic connection functions is the open and fearless underlining
of my capacity for joy, in the way my body stretches to music and opens into response, harkening to its
deepest rhythms so every level upon which I sense also opens to the erotically satisfying experience, whether
it is dancing, building a bookcase, writing a poem, or examining an idea.
That self-connection shared is a measure of the joy which I know myself to be capable of feeling, a
reminder of my capacity for feeling. And that deep and irreplaceable knowledge of my capacity for joy comes
to demand from all of my life that it be lived within the knowledge that such satisfaction is possible, and does
not have to be called marriage, nor god, nor an afterlife.