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By now, you may have seen, “The Social Network,” the movie based on the story of how Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook, becoming the youngest billionaire in the world.
Like a Greek tragedy, the story of friendship and betrayal connects on an almost mythic level, with Zuckerberg as the classic antihero whose single-mindedness elicits both awe and disgust.
It was very well done.
The movie is conspicuously absent of women, however, and by “women,” I mean female characters of greater substance than make-out partners.
With the exception of Mark Zuckerberg’s soon-to-be ex-girlfriend at the very beginning (Rooney Mara), a young lawyer at the very end (Rashida Jones) and a fairly one-dimensional lawyer, Gretchen (Denise Grayson), nearly every female character is either in her underwear or intoxicated, or both.
It was noticable. Could not have screenwriter Aaron Sorkin created just one female character of substance at Harvard, of all places?
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who wondered.
To this, Sorkin replied, “Facebook was born during a night of incredible misogyny…It was a revenge stunt, aimed first at the woman who’d most recently broken his heart..and then at the entire female population of Harvard.”
I get it. The story wasn’t about women.
And then it struck me:
Oh, but it was.
On the surface, Mark Zuckerberg appears to be driven by his formidable intellect. Look a little closer, however, and tell me if you agree:
His character is motivated by a far more visceral force –that of the desire for sex.
You think I’m kidding.
All that trouble? All that back-stabbing, litigation and clawing his way to establish a multi-billion-dollar global business empire? It’s all so that he could get laid?
In a manner of speaking.
In Sanskrit, there’s a word, pratishta, which refers to sex in subtle form. It’s also known as the desire for name and fame. This burning desire for distinction is simply a transmutation of the sex urge.
It’s not a bad thing, necessarily; it just is.
In fact, great things have been accomplished by both frustrated lovers and conscious abstainers throughout history. In his very funny post, Why Getting Dumped is a Film Hero’s Best Hope, Stewart Heritage lists five movie dumpees who went on to achieve greatness.
The principle is also explained in the classic book, “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill.
In the final chapter, “The Mystery of Sex Transmutation,” he explains how the emotion of sex is the most intense and powerful of all mind stimuli and contains the secret of creative ability.
When harnessed and redirected to other creative efforts, he says, a person can become gifted with both genius and a superpower for action:
“The desire for sexual expression is inborn and natural. The desire cannot, and should not, be submerged or eliminated. But it should be given an outlet through forms of expression which enrich the body, mind, and spirit of man. If not given this form of outlet through transmutation, it will seek outlets through purely physical channels.”
Wow. Napoleon Hill, a kundalini yogi. Who knew?
Anyway, Hill goes on to list 14 “highly sexed” industrialists, inventors, artists and statesmen who created considerable legacies through the transmutation of sexual emotion. To that list, I would like to add Mark Zuckerberg.
Whatever one’s opinion of him, young Mr. Zuckerberg created something almost miraculous in Facebook.
And who could be more “creatively” motivated than a 19 year-old boy? :)
Sexual energy, whether employed in its gross or subtle form, can create a masterpiece.
It’s very rare that one is able to direct this energy within, instead of being directed by it.
For those who can (known as brahmacari), the masterpiece they create is themselves.