The Jesuits battered first semester freshmen with this horrendous word.
It has to be the un-sexiest sex word, intended as verbal ice water for pubescent spontaneous erections.
The Jesuits told us concupiscence is the tendency in humans to follow base, selfish motives, even when they conflict with what reason tells us is "the good."
- Main Entry: con·cu·pis·cence
- Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin concupiscentia, from Latin concupiscent-, concupiscens, present participle of concupiscere to desire ardently, from com- + cupere to desire
A tennis player I see in the park shares the Jesuit high school experience with me, only his was in Calcutta, or Bombay. I asked him if he had ever come across this word.
He had only a vague recollection, not necessarily associated with the Jesuits.
I explained briefly the perspective I was taught (there are various views, mixed up in original sin theory): desire vs reason.
Derrick, bless him, pointed out that reason is no more consistent than desire is serving "the good."
Humans' capacity for rationalization renders the brain no more reliable than instinct as a source of good decisions.
Whatever it takes, I guess, to delay parenthood for us. Never once, this was the early 1960's, were we told to use condoms if we did have sex.
This approach to sex education was a form of child abuse. Shame on the Jesuits.
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