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Is It Lust Or Love? 7 No Bullsh*t Ways To Tell The Difference.
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What even is that? Experiencing a strong sexual desire is just our physiological human nature, right? While there is some truth to this, we are so much more than just our physical, sexual desires and to say otherwise cheapens humanity in its entirety.
There is inherent value and dignity in every person, and this dignity is comprised of mind and body, both our physical and psychological makeup. We are so much more than just our physical, sexual desires and to say otherwise cheapens humanity in its entirety.
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In one of the most extensive studies on sexual behavior, psychiatric researchers noted that much of sexual desire stems from and is controlled by the region of the brain known as the hypothalamus. The same region of the brain is also responsible for controlling hunger and anger. We are always given reasons to control hunger and anger and understandably so , but somehow sex is okay to be left untamed?
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Logically it seems that chemical makeup dictates that sexual feelings should be moderated, just like those of anger and hunger. Unlike anger and hunger, however, sexual feelings involve another. Left unchecked, sexual desires that are purely rooted in lust have little to no concern for another person, let alone true and lasting love that is more than just physical.
We are thoughtful, emotional beings made to love and be loved.
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When we are only concerned with the physical, we fall into the dangerous pattern of usury; using others and allowing ourselves to be used. It is this type of usury rather than hate that is actually the opposite of love. Usury goes both ways.