Last week, a scene from "Desperate Housewives" inspired me to title this entry as "Love or Lust," that Gabiel seduced her lawyer to bed and tested him whether he truly loved her as he said or he just wanted her body. And, it turned out that he was the latter kind. 🙂
Love and lust: similarities–both begin with letter "L" and both are four-letter, single syllable words.
–both come from one’s true feeling or need, i.e. animal instinct.
differences–love: a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is desposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance.
lust: intense or unrestrained sexual craving; an overwhelming desire or craving, e.g. a lust for power; intense eagerness or enthusiam, e.g. a lust for life.
Sometimes the simplest words somehow slips away from our mind. Adults tend to use complicated words to define a simple idea. Perhaps it’s a way to show the difference of knowledge from illiterate children. But more and more, I realize the older we grow, the more confused we feel about basic expression. These days, I have been asking myself, what is the difference between love and lust? Exclude the factor that lust is closely associated with sex or sexual desire, love and lust are basically related. It’s not uncommon that adults sometimes will encouter wet dreams while sleeping. So does love or lust conduct the dream? Is the dream a reflection of the dreamer’s physical need or mental need, which in my perception the former one leads to lust and the latter on leads to love.
Love can come before lust or vice versa. I am not a love expert or doctor of some sort, so I really don’t know how to explain the subtleties between the two. But I do see adults often have difficulty in conveying the simplest meanings. Do you remember the fairy tale "The Emperor’s New Dress"? Ha, that’s close to what I mean.