Lust In Context

When I first started trying to blog in earnest, I would use the Daily Post’s prompt.  Today’s is “lust“.

Before they were individual words, the prompt would be a phrase or a question.  One of them was something like describing something you dislike in the way of something you do like.  I wrote a post about a couple having sex in the manner of a guy buying a Volkswagen Passat, the latter of which I hate.

I wrote it that way because the undercurrent of the post was that the guy was losing his virginity to a prostitute.  I always say that people only get Passats because they feel they should rather than because they actually want them, so I wrote it saying that if he waited it might have been a more worthwhile experience later.  Now deceased magician Paul Daniels had once alluded to his regret over such a thing.

I was actually pretty proud of the post but a friend at the time demanded I take it down because she read a completely different story and wasn’t open to any form of discussion on the matter.

Lusting over anything, though, whether it be another person or a thing, is still quite a delicate balance for me.

There’s a school of thought that says that being impulsive is a good thing.  If you don’t think about it too much you’re more likely to do what comes naturally.  I see the same with lusting – one wants something so much that they won’t do too much thinking, so what happens as a result is natural and a reflection on the protagonist.

The downside of most connotations of lust is inevitable regret around a short term decision.  We can jump in to something because we so badly want it there and then that we don’t stop to think whether it’s actually what we want in the long term.

The got me thinking of the other time the word is used regularly – a lust for life.  The regret about the lust here is not doing something and missing out.

Lust is one of those interesting words for me.  Context with it is everything.

In the middle of the night, when the angels scream,
I don’t want to live a lie that I believe.
Time to do or die.

I will never forget the moment, the moment.
I will never forget the moment.

And the story goes on… on… on…
That’s how the story goes.
That’s how the story goes.

You and I’ll never die.
It’s a dark embrace.
In the beginning was life, a dawning age.
Time to be alive.

I will never forget the moment, the moment.
I will never forget this night.
We sing, we sing…

On… on… on…
That’s how the story goes.

Fate is coming, that I know.
Time is running, got to go.
Fate is coming, that I know.
Let it go.
Here right now
Under the banner of Heaven, we dream out loud
Do or die, and the story goes
On… on… on…

And the story goes on… on…
This is the story

Fate is coming, that I know (this is the story)
Time is running, got to go (this is the story)
Fate is coming, that I know (this is the story)
Let it go.
Here right now,
Under the banner of heaven, we dream out loud
Dream out loud!
Fate is coming, that I know (time to do or die)
Time is running out (time to do or die)
Fate is coming, that I know (time to do or die)
Let it go…

Do Or Die by 30 Seconds To Mars

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