I started a thread once about sexuality as relates to Christ's nature but that turned out controversial. But this is going to be a different question, that I hope will help me understand a few things about man..
First, I will list/paraphrase two sayings I rememeber, I don't know the exact words, but I think they are probably ones I remember from reading about desert fathers and monastic life.
- Once there was a monk, who claimed to have rid himself of all passion. So he went to his elder and claimed such and such a thing. One of the things the elder asked him in reply was... "If you see a woman, can you no longer recognize that she is a woman." to which he was dumbstruck so to speak and then the elder went on to say, "then you have merely imprisoned your passions, not gotten rid of them."
- A monk was going by the road and when he saw a group of female monks apprioaching, he turned to the wayside. One of the abbeses or a monk then shouted to him, "If you were a real monk, you would not even have noticed that we were women."
I wanted to know, is it possible to be dissected of all sexuality and appreciation of physical beauty? And if so, can man take part in this dissection or can only God rip us apart of sexuality (as like only he can make us grow and sprout hair, for instance)?