Thursday, September 30, 2010

Love, Lust, and Pain

Augustine suffers from the discrepancies between love and lust. He relates his passionate lust and bodily interests to sin and endures the pain of not really finding love. He is ashamed for his "madness of lust"-"needing no license from human shamelessness, receiving no license from Your laws". His love for love, in his opinion, is a disappointment to God and and pollutes his soul. As Chrissy said in class, Augustine's work may demonstrate that true love can only reside in God, and his Confessions exhibit his dedication, love, and devotion for God alone.

1 comment:

C-Sted said...

Augustine discovers that there are two sorts of love... or, more accurately, that what most people consider to be love is misnamed. Physical love, love on the material, bodily realm is nothing other than lust. However, true love is love of the sublime (or the Platonic ideal) which Augustine knows as God.