Starting at the beginning, is conception a sacred act or merely a biological necessity for all species? It could well be both, as long as you don’t get tangled up in the debate about other animals’ souls. The act of procreation varies only slightly across the species, male to female gene exchange being the most common. The formalities of foreplay or courtship rituals can be protracted or sometimes omitted entirely. But the importance of mating is paramount for all species.
Humans have adopted different attitudes towards their continued survival, some easy to fathom and some less so. Sex education can be a part of the school curriculum or a taboo subject in some cultures. Survival makes heavy demands on the biological gene carrier to get the job done and to maximise the chances of replication.
” In a man’s life, his time is but a moment, his being a mere flux, his senses a dim glimpse,
his body food for the worms, and his soul a restless eddy …
the things of the body pass like a flowing stream;
life is a brief sojourn, and one’s mark in this world is soon forgotten.”
” Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
– Macbeth, 1606