March 31, 2008

7 Deadly Sins: Lust

A little while ago, over at Single In The City's place I saw she had taken a little quiz which showed how sinful we are. I thought it was a cool little thing, and decided I should do it too.

I also thought it would be cool to make this a whole new "series" of posts... taking a close look at each of the seven deadly sins, and relating to them on a personal level.

Initially, I meant to do this in order of my own "sinfulness" in each sin... but at the end of the test I was struck by a touch of Wrath... turns out I had to pay $4.95 to get that listing... there's no way I'm paying that for some half assed test that is probably as reliable as the Mitchell Report. At least - what the test result did reveal was which my most prominent sin is... so that gave me a place to start.


Am I surprised? No - not at all really... I thought maybe Sloth and/or Gluttony would be up there... but, I would agree that Lust is my most prominent sin indeed... lets take a look at that test result shall we?

Take this test!
Indulging your passions can be a healthy outlet. But those who scored high in Lust should beware of prioritizing sexual experiences and conquests above other things. These kinds of desires may quickly take control of their lives.

There... that shows that I am more sinful than most people. Is it wrong of me to be proud of that? LOL!

Now, as I said - lets take a look at this Deadly Sin on a personal level... Lust! What is lust?, you may ask. Well, lets copy the definition from wikipedia for reference...

Lust (or lechery) is usually thought of as involving obsessive or excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature. Unfulfilled lusts sometimes lead to sexual or sociological compulsions and/or transgressions including (but obviously not limited to) sexual addiction, adultery, bestiality, rape, and incest. Dante's criterion was "excessive love of others," which therefore rendered love and devotion to God as secondary. In Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful/sexual thoughts and feelings.
I am a naughty, naughty boy...

Obsessive or excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature: Now, I'm not going to go as far as to say that my sexual desire is either obsessive or excessive. Well, it might be excessive at times... you know - when the testosterone levels reach a critical point. But, I will certainly agree that when compared to the other seven deadly sins - this is the sin that I would most definitely choose to indulge in... excessively. Of course... if I've been deprived of both food and sex for a week... it is likely that I would choose Gluttony over Lust at that point - so it's all relative... I'm sure, however, once I've restocked my nutrient levels - sex will be what is on my mind.

Now, I'm a single guy - so I don't get anywhere near as much sex as I would like to have at the moment. I can't say for sure whether that adds to a sexual need, or if it deprives me of it. All I can say for sure is that... women better watch out, because give me an inch and I'll take all of you in! Every single good looking woman out there on the streets, in the bars, at the gym, behind the counter at the local coffee shop... hell! Even the telemarketer that I can't see, if she has a sexy voice... just say the word and lets get it on!

I don't think this all makes me sinful... no more than the average guy. I believe I am genetically cursed to be this way... because I was born a man!

So... as a man: Do I watch porn?

Come on! What guy does not watch porn? I know of maybe one or two who claim they do not... I don't believe that for one second - of course they watch porn!

I've been around since the 80's watching adult movies. I was there, nervously renting VHS tapes at various back street outlets at the age of 15, as soon as my mom was away for a day or so - so I could sneak home and pop said VHS tape in the VCR. Often one would have friends over and watch it. This was back in the day when we thought Traci Lords, Ginger Lynn and Stacy Donovan were the sexiest things on the planet. Of course they were - we got to see all of their special parts!

Porn today is even better. Not only have the "professional" porn companies discovered the technology behind filming. Making the lighting, coloring and even editing good enough not to ruin the experience. The women in todays porn are so freaking hot it's not even funny any more. And there isn't just the 5 or so major stars around... there are like hundreds (if not thousands) of them that are mindblowingly beautiful.

So... how can a guy NOT watch porn?

But, lets look at the possible compulsions/transgressions which can result from my sexual desires...

Sexual Addiction: Can/Could/Will happen? The question here is how often must one think about sex to become addicted to it? Every day? Then I'm cursed... I think about sex every day. No - I think most everyone thinks about sex on a daily basis. A study I found on the internet says that people (male as well as female) think about sex at least 10 times a day - so even if you think about sex once every hour... I hardly believe it qualifies as an addiction. My take - if you think about sex every minute of the day, you are addicted. I'm sure there are a few minutes during the day when I think about something else...

Adultery: While adultery normally speaks to married people - lets simplify this by calling it "cheating" instead. Have I ever cheated on someone? I hate to admit it... but I have. In fact, I did it once the very same night I got involved with this girl - I ended up screwing her class mate at a party that night. Don't think too badly of me - the girl who was supposed to be my girlfriend stood me up that first night in preference of doing some drugs. There was also the time when I did it to get back at the girl because she had done it to me... fair enough, huh?

Beastiality: In the words of Axel Foley from the Beverly Hills Cop movies: "Get the fuck outta here!" Under no circumstances will I ever have sexual intercourse with any kind of animal. What the hell has that got to do with sexual desire? That is just downright sick and demented. Animals can be cute and all - but for the love of Jeeezah!

Rape: Again - GET REAL! I don't care if I'm so horny I have to carry a needle and some thread to sew the front of my pants back together every 30 seconds - if the woman doesn't consent... it isn't going to please me. Rape is not a sexual desire - studies have shown over and over again that rape is an act of rage and hatred towards women... by no means a love or desire for them. And me? I love me some women... why would I want to hurt them?

Incest: Now, I'm getting angry. These possible "compulsions" from Lust are in no way related to sexual desire in any way as far as I'm concerned. Along with beastiality, incest is the result of a seriously demented mind - and not sexual desire. Family members are OFF LIMIT!

In Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful/sexual thoughts and feelings: Now... why do I think that sounds HOT!?


Now, in addition to talking a little about the 7 Deadly Sins - in this series I will add a new song to my playlist which represents the sin. And what song could possibly represent Lust more than the old 80's controversial song "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" by W.A.S.P.? I became a fan of the band after reading all the commotion surrounding that song, and I loved their first album... yes, the music was actually really good. Now - this song may not be the best one they ever did... but tell me it doesn't represent Sinful Lust, and I'll tell you you're a liar!

I hope you enjoyed this rather different post... and that you'll be looking forward to the other six Deadly Sins!

Tomorrow is WWC day... don't forget - the words are SHINY and ERA!


Dana said...

I should probably take this quiz, but I'm afraid gluttony would be my downfall and I want it to be lust!

Unfulfilled lusts sometimes lead to sexual or sociological compulsions and/or transgressions

Well R.E.H., this is easy enough to avoid - just make sure you fulfill all of your lusts!

Casdok said...

Great post!! I look forward to the rest!

Anonymous said...

"hell! Even the telemarketer that I can't see, if she has a sexy voice... just say the word and lets get it on!"

My number is (insert country code)-800 I want to talk to REH! LOL

Men do think of sex a lot, but so do women, you all just get the reputation of it because you all are so open about it! Women are more causal about the subject unless around friends.

The only time I think about sex is when I am watching Chick flicks and they have that Love making scene. Then I think I could be doing that, Oh wait I don't have a man! LOL!!!

I like how you broke this down. I cannot wait to see what else you have to share with us about the deadly Sins. Lust and wrath in a bed together... We could rule the world!!!


Anonymous said...

Rape, incest, bestiality?? They overrated lust..seesh!

Jay said...

Porn? Where? Can you find any of the net? LOL

I recommend my old college classmate Kobe Tai's videos.

One time when I was moving I was talking to the customer service chick for the phone company and her voice was so sexy that I asked her if she was single. She was married. Figures.

Leighann said...

Wow, my test results were pretty much identical to yours, what's that mean?

My song of choice is Closer by Nine Inch Nails

Naughty Lakota said...

LOL!!! i don't think i need to take the test to know what mine is... and i'm good with my sin... so is everyone that knows me. ~giggling~

Knight said...

Yep, that is the result I got when I took the test over at Single's place. For awhile I thought something was wrong with me because I couldn't get through a meeting without getting distracted by my own fantasies. Now I realize that isn't unusual. I was the one renting the porn videos for friends when I was younger. Now I just buy everyone vibrators.

Farmer*swife said...

Great post, but you totally know unsigned is gonna' go all balistic on your "self-analysis" and share "tough love" nagativity.

That's the first thing I thought of as I started reading, "Oh s/he goes again! LOL!!

Okay. I'll do the test thingie too. But, I'm not paying for anything. And, men think about s-e-x constantly. It IS your nature.

If DH hears our shower pop on? No matter what time of day or night? He's there! He says he can't help it -- he's a man.

Woman? We can be sexual camels. (My Dad taught me that phrase, but so true). Not that we don't want it? But, we can go with out it if need be. [That's why we almost always end up winning the marital/couple arguments] (smiley-wink)

Farmer*swife said...

Whoop! For me!! Don't be made at me but mine came out as, "Rachel, you're less sinful than the average person."

(Okay, I lied about my name, and dob, and other personal info but that was to protect myself).

I totally did NOT like that test though. So many of those questions offered "no answer" I wanted or would actually consider. So I had to choose the closest of what maybe, might, somehow be my answer.

Sparkling Red said...

You sound like an average guy to me. I've spent a lot of time with guys, so I have a basis for comparison. I used to work with computers, surrounded by male co-workers, who didn't bother to censor their conversations just because I was around. Or maybe they did, in which case that proves my point even more, because if what I heard was the censored version, their regular conversation would have been pretty rad, man.

R.E.H. said...

Dana: Yes, I was quite pleased (pun not intended) to find that my #1 sin was Lust. Now, I did worry that Sloth or Gluttony would be up there. I also thought Greed would have a shot at winning, but while I do want a lot of money... that is only so that I can freely indulge in Lust, Sloth and Gluttony ;)

Casdok: I'm looking forward to continuing the series... I liked the idea of it as soon as it popped into my head ;)

Single In The City: Lust and Wrath in bed together... I think you just put my sinful level up a few notches... ;)

I also think that it has become more acceptable for women to think (and talk) about sex than it used to be... "back in the day" you very rarely heard a girl talk about... how do I phrase this?... a good roll in the hay!

BTW. Tried that 1-800 number... no answer... :(

Joel: Yeah, I was wondering what the hell those things had to do with the wonderful sin of lust... oh - that's what makes them deadly!?

Jay: Oh, I've seen plenty of Kobe Tai... I've seen all of Kobe Tai - I still can't believe you went to school with her... so petite and so ****able!* ;)

I tried picking up a telemarketer girl once too. We had a nice chat - but nothing (of course) came of it ;)

*You DO realize that the censored word there was supposed to read KISS... right?

R.E.H. said...

Leighann: It means what we all already knew... you're a LUSTfull woman ;)

Naughty Lakota: Now, let's see... your sin would be... hmmm... Envy?

Just kidding - of course, you are Lust personified!

Knight: Seems we're all Sinners on this blog ;) I love me a good sinner, as long as Lust is their Vice.

I can't sit through a meeting without thinking about sex either... meetings are boring - you need a little bit of mental fun.

Now, I don't need a vibrator myself, but... I should stop right there!

Farmer's Wife (x2): Sexual Camels? LOL! I love that phrase. But, why would you want to bundle it all up and go on a dry spell? ;)

So you are less sinful? But, what was your primary sin? You left that out...

And, I didn't think the test was too good either. I mean from questions like what would you rather obsess about?

How bad I am?
About eating 'til I puke?
About having sex with hot women?

It kind of makes you choose the sexual ones, right?

Sparkling Red: Here I am, trying to come across as a wicked, evil person - and everyone thinks I'm normal!? ;)

You're rigth - us guys are genetically incapable of not thinking about sex. What you heard is probably not censored... once we get comfortable in a woman's company, our primate needs take over...

tt said... sound completely normal to me. I'm afraid to take the test. ha ha ha....I'm afraid I may learn something about myself that will scare me!! then I'll have to blog about it and disect it in the ol grape and do alot of squishing that my urchins will NOT like...ha.
I'll just read all about yo, how's that? ha ha :)

Naughty Lakota said...

REH, I left you a little lustful gift on my blog. X-rated so your readers will NOT want to accidently wander over. For realzie. (just thought it fair to give "danger will robinson" warning since it's more explicit image than usual)

Of course YOU will race right on over. I would be disappointed if you didn't.

Anonymous said...

You wrote:

"I thought maybe Sloth and/or Gluttony would be up there..."

I have to agree with your first instinct.

Here's a definition for Sloth:

"Sloth is the failure of will to act and move our minds, souls or bodies. Sloth is the cause of all sins of omission."

Your slothfulness is greater than your lust. Look at your new year's resolutions or the things you said you'd do when you lost your job. You've got nothing but sins of omission pal.

If lust were your greatest sin don't you think you'd have some female company by now? Something must be blocking the extreme power of all that lust...

The song choice is very good this week. Nothing says "Strippers" like 80's big hair band music.

Toodles! I'm off to get some clear heels.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I'm sloth. go figure.

Anonymous said...

Did I give the wrong number? Darn, I so wanted to hear your voice!!

Oh and unsigned, I f I were in Sweden he would never have to think fantasy again!! That is what is blocking him!! I AM IN HIS Head..umm did not sound good I am in his MIND!! yeah that is a lil better!!

Clear hills? Unsigned are you a stripper? or a porn star? Or cinder fucking Rella..I always wanted to use that from Pretty Woman! LOL
Okay I am outie!!

I will have to find out what is wrong with my 800 number!! LOL!!


Dianne said...

I scored a 7 as well, but hey 7 is my lucky number. Apparently I am obcessed with obtaining an extravagant lifestyle. I can hardly wait til we get to Greed in your series.

Until then I can be found at the VFW trying to figure out how many veterans I have to **** to death before I can get a yacht.

Knight said...

Single/Sis- I was thinking the same thing about the stripper heels!
What the hell unsigned? Do you know him? Are you the neighbor stalker? Do you know something we don't about what R.E.H. does with his life?
Where is Farmer*swife?

Anonymous said...

Farmers wife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I don't know Knight! This is like unsolved mystery's I think unsigned has a crush on OUR Boo!!!


Farmer*swife said...

Uh-oh. I'm sleepy and have a fun filled mtg with my DH... so I'm drinking some wine (SOOOO what unsigned!)

Oops. r.e.h. Don't be mad at me....single was hostile first.

unsigned WTF do you know? You are hiding in here from yourself and your own life, judging everyone and quite personally r.e.h. about his bloggie world and life? Yea he shares? To hear we are all there. I think you are regurgitating the advice you know you should take for yourself...but are too afraid.

You Missy/Mister or, mix of both, personally freak me out. If you have truly read r.e.h. blog history...then, you would get him way better than the blog posts you choose to excerpt from it.

You wanna' keep bein' all high, mighty, and providing the your the only one with a vocabulary?

Then, HEY? Follow your own advice. Do what you "say" rather than what you "not" do.

Expose yourself in a little bloggie? You are so not all you think you are. Because you aren't fully in this blog world. You protect yourself all the while judging and venting.

SORRY, r.e.h. to abuse your comment world. But, I would have commented directly to unsigned's blog...oh, but "it" doesn't have one.

Farmer*swife said...

So, I hope I am not totally out of line. But, I get all protective and such.

I think pretty well, single and knight 'might' agree with me? Though, I know, Lakota could totally go there... have a possy here! Anyhoo. I'll read tomorrow and probably regret a little when I'm all nicy-nice again.

[Nope. I was expecting it...]

Sweet Dreams r.e.h.. Sleep is peacefull. If you need me too? I can tell a really good dream? I've had lots of practice.

Anonymous said...

"Rachel" You told on me.. You said I did it first.. LOL!! Yeah I did, but I blame it on the wine also!

I had a couple glasses with dinner, but I am over it now. CSI Miami Sobered me up!


Single,"Rachel" and Knight!!!!

Where's Bosley? I am thinking he is MIKE!

Smooches sweety


Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

I'm sorry to have to break this to you, but you read my blog and I read yours -- and you are the only male on my blogroll who has no known addiction. Since I suck addicts into my sphere like a magnet, you probably are a sex addict. ;)

Naughty Lakota said...

Sorry REH- took it down. TMi.

R.E.H. said...

TT: The good thing about not having any Vicinity People* reading your blog is that you can be open like this ;)

You're welcome to read about me... that's one of the reasons I write this stuff...

*Vicinity People - see Blogging Paranoia post.

Naughty Lakota: A Gift? For Me? And X-Rated?

Coming right over!

Unsigned: To begin with - you certainly need to learn to read sarcasm and irony into what I write sometimes. I often knowingly make fun of myself... and that part about Sloth/Gluttony was one of those things - self sarcasm.

Being lustfull, and actually being in a relationship does not necessarily go hand in hand. On the contrary... being too lustfull might make it harder to find a relationship.

Either way - this entire post, while truthful, is a sarcastic look upon my own sex drive.

About my New Year's Resolutions - I'm on track on a few of those. I am continuously working out for one - keeping myself in shape. I did get out of my job - although not the way I wanted to. I'm still on good track of honoring my resolutions.

Pookie Sixx: Sloth, huh? Maybe all that partying could have something to do with that ;)

Single In The City: Well, you certainly ARE on my mind ;) Are you sure you are comfortable with that after reading this post? ;)

Cinder-fuckin'-rella... I love that!

R.E.H. said...

Dianne: Greed is going to be a fun Deadly Sin to write about... probably the one that I suffer the least from, in a sense. Most of my "greed need" is only aimed at fulfilling my other "sin needs"...

I do like your plan on how to accumulate wealth... do let us know how that works out for you! ;)

Knight: According to Unsigned herself... I can be certain she does NOT know me... that is confirmed by some of the things she says.

Single In The City: My own Charlie's Angels trio! I absolutely love it... and I think my trio are even hotter than the Drew, Cameron and Lucy Liu combo!

Unsigned did mention once that she wanted a "fling" with me... she would however not be looking for a relationship... considering my vice - that would suit me just fine ;)

Farmer's Wife (x2): Don't worry, I'm not going to be mad at you for trying to protect me ;)

I would agree that it would be nice if Unsigned did blog herself... give us a chance to judge and analyze her as well... giving and taking is how things should work.

Single In The City: Oh, I didn't know CSI Miami had a sobering effect on people - does it cure hang overs too? ;)

Again - I love the R.E.H.'s Angels image ;)

R.E.H. said...

Mary P. Jones: Now, there's a thought. Damn - I guess I must be an addict then! Well, I'd still have to say that it's better to be a sex addict than addicted to drugs or alcohol... right? ;)

Naughty Lakota: No, baby - NO! You can't do this to me! That's like walking out on me half way through the fun!

Naughty Lakota said...

where's your addy - i'll email it to you.

Anonymous said...

CSI MIAMI cut me off and left me hanging more than they usually do and it hurt me! LOL!!! So those 2 glasses of wine we no help at all! LOL!!

Talk to you later!!!


Farmer*swife said...

Phew! I was afraid I might be in trouble for being so "aggressive."

I just don't like mean people.

There is "tough love" and then there is just mean.

Farmer*swife said...

Happy Tuesday!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you "Rachel" I think that if unsigned is working out their problems through REH (which I see happening) I may be wrong. But she would have a freaking field day at mine! LOL!! Happy Tuesday to you also, I am on my way over your place...

Reh you are normal believe me, by my standards anyway!!!


R.E.H. said...

Naughty Lakota: I'll get back to you on that ;)

Single In The City: It's never a good thing to be left hanging! ;)

Farmer's Wife (x2): Nah, it'll take a lot more to get in trouble over here... this is the Madman's realm, remember?

Single In The City: Be careful... you don't want to invite Unsigned over to start analyzing you ;)

I am by no means normal... but, I'm proud of that - I don't particularily care for normalcy...

Anonymous said...

You have been nice to Unsigned, I on the other hand have a really bad side noone has seen!! No it was not a invitation, I like her over her better!

I am not normal either!! I think it rocks!!!

R.E.H. said...

Single In The City: I've been reasonable, I think. I find it interesting to see where things go... scaring them off is not a good way to find out ;)

Ab-normal is the way to be! ;)

Karen said...

Very interesting post. It is a really good idea to explore all seven sin. I have to do the quiz now.

R.E.H. said...

Karen: Let us know how you "score" ;)

I've been short on blog ideas of late, but I'm beginning to get back in the groove.

Anonymous said...

Hmm I must admit I hadn't read this post because there were so many to catch up on that I skipped over it. I remember seeing the dildo in scrolling and meant to come back to it but then forgot. Anyway, your comment on my site reminded me of it, so here I am.

Very thought-provoking indeed. I think lust is the one that gets a majority of us!


R.E.H. said...

Emmeline: I would think so too, but from the majority of others who took this test that doesn't seem to be the case. I find that a little surprising, in fact ;)

Jill said...

Can I come play with the naughty naughty boy?
And I am virtually whipping the saliva out of your mouth because you just thought about porn and that sexy telemarketer!!