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The Achilles' heel of all of us: sex




   The Achilles' heel of all humanity.  The one point on which we 
   are all deeply vulnerable.  Sex.  Those powerful forces and 
   mechanisms in the form of desires, wants, urges and needs 
   stemming from the sex drive.  That point on which none of us 
   are able to trust not only our closest friends, we are not even 
   able to trust ourselves.  That seed of our own destruction that 
   we all have within us.  Our deceitful heart, our roving eye, 
   our ever active imagination.  Desire, Want, Lust --- that itch 
   to have what we ought not have.  That propensity to desire that 
   illicit affair;  wanting that which, if given, would surely 
   ruin our own happiness and that of others.  We constantly 
   struggle with ourselves --- struggle against those deep, 
   powerful, forces within us.  Primeval forces that drive male 
   elk, male sheep, male horses, indeed the males of many species, 
   into long furious battles over the possession of females and 
   the right to breed.  Forces that drive the procreation process 
   in all creatures.  We all have those same forces within us.  
   But unlike the animals we cannot simply give ourselves up to 
   our own cravings and desires.  For to do so would not only be 
   against Heaven, against God; it would also be against our own 
   conscience and reason.  To do so would be to act against 
   ourselves.  For it would hurt other people.  And when we hurt 
   other people we also hurt ourselves. 


   July 1993


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