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February 26, 2013
Now I take Pride in finishing what I start, (and I certainly Envy others who can do it) but I admit to some Sloth in not paying more attention to the Seven Deadly Sins.
I now give you Lust. (If, in fact, you don't have it already.)
In Jimmy Carter’s now famous Playboy interview, he reminded us that ridding ourselves of that particular Cardinal Sin is difficult.
“The Bible says, thou shalt not commit adultery. Christ said, I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery.”
Which I'm sure was a boon to those who had already actually committed it.
Medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas called the act, "The unnatural vice."
C.S. Lewis, British author and essayist, confronted the impossibility of living with the Church's definition of Lust with a little humor.
“He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it, hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.”
Lust is no bargain in other religions either.
The Old Testament's sexual warnings mainly have to do with preserving ritual purity and avoiding the orgies of the Canaanites. Still, there is the Song of Solomon and that line from Proverbs, "May her breasts satisfy you always"
From the Hindu scriptures, the Bhagavad-Gita, we get: Hell has three gates: Lust, Anger, and Greed.
In Buddhism, the three roots of evil are Lust, Hatred, and Delusion.
Oscar Wilde, who had an answer for everything, said, "'The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."
And, if you're a good yielder, we now have a name for it: Sex addiction.
Some may think it's a convenient excuse for fooling around, but therapists say it's a real and destructive disorder, and that rehab could work.
(Of course, if you're in there with other sexually addictive people that could be a problem.)
Maybe there was a reason I waited so long to embrace this subject. It’s complicated. And I now, willingly, yield the floor to you.
Is the definition of Lust unwieldy? Instead of adding sins, as the Vatican is doing, should we not think of subtracting?
Help me out on this one.