This is the first entry in my engagement of the 7 Deadly Sins and their Virtuous counterparts, as they relate to the mind of a heterosexual man.
With lust being first up on the acrimoniousness list. So, what exactly is lust?
In sexual terms, Lust is derived from the Latin word "Libido". The more a man's lust, the higher his libido. It's rare for a woman to say "I wish my man had more of a sex drive". We simply lust too much for you. Lust can also refer to the intense desire for non-sexual things like money, fame, material objects, etc. No kind of lust is good...they're all deadly. No matter the type, all lust leaves you unfulfilled, unsatisfied and unhappy.
Several schools of thought exist for men on one of the most common after effects from sexual lust: Masturbation.
Some guys enjoy masturbation for the pure pleasure and self gratification. Others do it out of frustration and need; while some prefer to bottle it, keep it in and save it for their partner. And yet there are still a few brave souls among us, who choose to refrain from it all together.
In my personal journey toward enlightened desire-less I've found myself to be much stronger in mind now, than when I was as a regular practitioner of lustful principles. If lust makes you weak, then clearly, Masturbation is weakness leaving the body. Not wanting, yearning or caring for lust fulfilling conquests have left me with a personal strength I never thought attainable. I'm healthier, more respectful and unequivocally happier without lust in my life. Which leads me to the opposite of lust: Chastity. And the first of the 7 Heavenly Virtues.
Chastity is defined as: Abstaining from sexual conduct according to one's state in life; the practice of courtly love and romantic friendship. Cleanliness through cultivated good health and hygiene, and maintained by refraining from intoxicants. To be honest with oneself, one's family, one's friends, and to all of humanity. Embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought-through education and betterment. The ability to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption.
In a world without lust, you are free to dance the night away with your girlfriends in a public forum without the worry of a strange man sidling up behind you and rubbing his throbbing anatomy against your backside. Sounds heavenly doesn't it? We should all aspire to such virtuous.