UgBlogWeek Day 3 – Lust

By on October 21, 2015

A human being is often made up of the physical and tangible build as well as the emotional and intangible properties. Amongst  the intangible properties are the urges. Every human being has got a number of urges that often push them to desire specific things.

Amongst these urges lies an urge that overrides all the others. It is an urge like no other, an emotion so acute it is like a virus.  This urge is known as lust.

Lust is a complex and intense emotion or feeling of strong desire. Lust can be in the form of lust for food, lust for power, lust for knowledge and the mother of them all; lust for sex among others. It is likely that most people are familiar with the lust for sex not just because it is the most evident form of lust but because it is the one that every human being can relate with.

As one of the cardinal sins, there is the general feeling that lust is a bad emotion and one ought to stay away from it. However, as is with every vice, there is always a silver lining. The lust for knowledge for instance is one that will drive someone to do as much research and study as possible just so they can feed the lust.

A good number of faiths specifically Christianity create a distinction between the understanding of passion and that of lust by going ahead to define lust as an inappropriate desire or a desire that is very inappropriately strong, and thus making it morally wrong.

The faith based approach tends to look at passion as a fine attribute that is handed down to us by God himself.

This therefore means that while we may have passion for certain things, that passion must be within reason and it should always be followed up by reason.

According to the Budhist teaching, lust is a fundamental concept especially since it is referred to as the second of the four noble truths. These four noble truths state that;

  1. i) Suffering (dukkha) is inherent in all life.
  2. ii) Suffering is caused by lust.
  3. iii) There is a natural way to eliminate all suffering from one’s life.
  4. iv) The Noble Eightfold Path is that way.

The Budhist teaching concludes that lust is the cause of all human imperfection therefore to attain a near perfection, one must stay away from lust as much as possible.

The sexual connotations that are attached to lust cannot be ignored when one is looking at lust because as already mentioned, the most prominent form of lust is the sexual lust.

As human beings, we are naturally inclined to have sexual desires. However, how we act on those desires is what sets us apart from other animals. Other animals are simply driven to want to mate as soon as the urge is felt. We as human beings are meant to create the distinction by actually holding ourselves back and looking at the bigger picture; who we are, what we stand for, what our values are etc.

If every human being acted on their sexual lust, there would be a bit of a mess in the world because a great many people would end up hacked to death or dead from excessive sex. One might argue that dying because of too much sex isn’t necessarily the worst form of death but another will argue that not dying at all is better than dying – to begin with.

Being able to contain one’s lust should be considered a super power because God knows lust can be one persistent and dangerously persuasive urge!

“There is no fulfillment that is not made sweeter for the prolonging of desire” ― Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart

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