Chapter 48: The Typical Graph of Sexual Desire

The Typical Graph of Sexual Desire

Sexual desire is one of the three major categories of human’s mental defilements namely raga (lust), dhosa (anger), and moha (delusion).  According to the Lord Buddha, ‘lust’ is less harmful [when comparing to the other two major categories of mental defilements], but the nature of lust is that it dissolves so slowly after its formation.

In Dhammonomics, we can formulate a typical graph of sexual desire to express the nature of lust which is rooted within the minds of common humans.  According to our graph, the ‘x-axis’ denotes the period of time or aging whereas the ‘y-axis’ connotes the escalating level of sexual affection satisfaction.  As such, we can derive the graph of f(s) which represents the nature of sexual desire in parabolic form.  The parabola of f(s) shows that sexual desire rises accordingly from ‘0’ when one was born until reaching ‘teenage’ when one can first start to have sexual relationship.  Thereafter, the parabola of sexual desire reaches the peak somewhere during adolescence years until adulthood of which it varies from person to person per one’s preference and opportunity to have sex.  Finally, the f(s) or sexual desire diminishes over older and elderly years when one’s health deteriorates and sexual stimulants like male and female hormones drop continually.  The graph also gives us an approximate value of the accumulated utility of satisfaction which one earns from sexual activities over one’s age(s) between plots of given peaks on the parabola.

Our typical graph of sexual desire expresses nature of most people in relationship with their sexual activities which increase during younger years until reaching a certain peak and decrease over elderly years as they grow weak, with some exceptions to those who may keep stimulating their sexual desire with medicines or those who still remain sexually healthy.

However, the graph reflects the mainstream of humans who are temporarily attached to sexual pleasure over a period of their lifetimes especially the younger years when humans are the most energetic and healthy to cultivate virtues and pursue perfections.  As people grow old, weak, and less or no longer driven by lust, they find out that they have little time and physical strength left to achieve spiritual enlightenment which is the true goal of their births that leads to permanent bliss.   

Copyrighted by Pirajak Tisuthiwongse (Pittaya Wong)

12 October 2022