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At least for humans, this most basic of acts is anything but basic. As the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey put it, the only universal in human sexuality is variability itself. Within the universe of intimacy and pleasure that sex affords, however, there's a lot of room for error.
Some 15 million Americans a year struggle with depression, an illness that comes in many forms—from major depression and seasonal affective disorder, to dysthymia and bipolar disorder. Depression is an illness that increasingly afflicts people worldwide, interfering with concentration, motivation and many other aspects of everyday functioning.
The world of politics reflects human nature in all its rational and irrational glory. And we have witnessed remarkable times in recent government. How we govern ourselves, make decisions, use and abuse power, all reflect our deepest fears at least as much as our aspirations and ideals.