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 388 The entire subject of sex is one with which the majority of people appear to be
389 unpardonably ignorant. The urge of sex has been grossly misunderstood,
390 slandered, and burlesqued by the ignorant and the evil minded, for so long that
391 the very word sex is seldom used in polite society. Men and women who are
392 known to be blessed-yes, BLESSED-with highly sexed natures, are usually
393 looked upon as being people who will bear watching. Instead of being called
394 blessed, they are usually called cursed.
395 Millions of people, even in this age of enlightenment, have inferiority complexes
396 which they developed because of this false belief that a highly sexed nature is a
397 curse. These statements, of the virtue of sex energy, should not be construed as
398 justification for the libertine. The emotion of sex is a virtue ONLY when used
399 intelligently, and with discrimination. It may be misused, and often is, to such an
400 extent that it debases, instead of enriches, both body and mind. The better use of
401 this power is the burden of this chapter.
402 It seemed quite significant to the author, when he made the discovery that
403 practically every great leader, whom he had the privilege of analyzing, was a man
404 whose achievements were largely inspired by a woman. In many instances, the
405 "woman in the case" was a modest, self-denying wife, of whom the public had
406 heard but little or nothing. In a few instances, the source of inspiration has been
407 traced to the "other woman." Perhaps such cases may not be entirely unknown
408 to you.
409 Intemperance in sex habits is just as detrimental as intemperance in habits of
410 drinking and eating. In this age in which we live, an age which began with the
411 world war, intemperance in habits of sex is common. This orgy of indulgence
412 may account for the shortage of great leaders. No man can avail himself of the
413 forces of his creative imagination, while dissipating them. Man is the only
414 creature on earth which violates Nature's purpose in this connection. Every
415 other animal indulges its sex nature in moderation, and with purpose which
416 harmonizes with the laws of nature. Every other animal responds to the call of
417 sex only in "season." Man's inclination is to declare "open season."

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