What do you lust for?
Lust has been a prominent feature throughout history, in the Bible (New and Old testament) the word appears 107 times. Lust, like love, isn’t seen to be an emotion, but an umbrella term for craving, desire, excitement and greed – traits mostly associate with eroticism. For Dante, lust was seen to be an ‘excessive love’, a superficial trait of those who judge others on external looks alone. In his Nine circles of Hell, those who were overcome by lust, would be the first to be truly punished in Hell. However, it is possible to be lustful without being lecherous, a modern lust for cars is a prime example, though the object itself is removed from sexual desire, cars are usually not very far woman in magazines.
Llust can be used rightly or wrongly, just as the Bible expresses “God satisfies your lusts if they are good and right for you” or where God commands the Israelites to turn their yearly produce of the land “into money and spend it on whatever their soul lusts for.” Once you remove the boundary of the religious and profane, desire doesn’t have to be against goodness and can lead to the promotion of edification. Therefore it could be said that lust can be used to drive positive sides of human nature such as kindness, humour and intellect, enhancing our respect for different aspects of life along with our emotions, bodies and cognitive functions.
As part of our Seven Deadly Sins Series, we’ve combined strawberries, hibiscus and rose petal, ingredients that are synonymous with Lust in a beautiful saison. But a little lust, like drunkenness, goes a long way and should not be encouraged as a habit.