Who are the best seducers of all? Do politicians rank near the top? Moviestars? Corporate CEOs?

Since we in Virginia entering the final stages of our 2015 elections and since the 2016 presidential election is starting to heat up, I think it is worth considering what it means to seduce or be seduced.

If you don’t think seduction is an issue in your daily life, consider the toilet. At one time no one used a toilet. Now? How were people persuaded that we all need to have multiple toilets in our homes? How did the EPA manage to persuade us that we should let government bureaucrats tell us how much water we can flush at one time?

What is the difference between being seduced and persuaded by rational argument?

See, there's this thing called biology...

Seduction is a fine subject for a hot and steamy August. It is an interesting word, one that has rather pleasant connotations on the surface. It simply means to enchant, charm, entice, and to lead. When you trace the origins of that word back far enough however, you soon encounter some other root words, like treason, treachery, and deceit.

Today the modern definition has combined the two concepts so to lead has come to mean, to lead astray. To seduce has come to mean to charm someone down the wrong path. It carries the implication of deceit and manipulation with heavy sexual over tones. Culture, mores, history, and human sexuality, have all played a role in giving us our modern definition.

In the days of old, women as a group were not perceived as the primary seducers, as a temptress full of wiles and deceit sure to lead men astray…

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  1. Thanks for the lead. I posted this comment to the writer.

    Interesting presentation you made. I wish though you would have emphasized the root cause of seduction as Christianity identified when they try to teach us religious morals. That is the Seven Deadly Sins. We do not seem to emphasize moral awareness in our public schools to teach children to be prepared for the seducers they will encounter in life. Every point you made has been identified long ago as one or another of these Seven Sins.

    I often wish our secular schools would have a mandatory school course to teach Wisdom since religious teachings are taboo in public schools. A wise person cannot be easily seduced. same a moral person.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. Secular schools teach about sin? Schools run by politicians? Teach about sin? We can trust politicians to teach our children about sin?

      There was a time I would have considered such a thing. Even John Newton, after he became a Christian remained the captain of a slave ship for a time. That Christians would even consider the possibility of public, secular schools run by politicians is evidence of how much we need a revival.

      I don’t have the answer, but I do think parents must do their best to put their children in schools run by people who trust in God.

      Jeremiah 17:5-10 New Living Translation (NLT)
      Wisdom from the Lord

      5 This is what the Lord says:
      “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
      who rely on human strength
      and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
      6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
      with no hope for the future.
      They will live in the barren wilderness,
      in an uninhabited salty land.

      7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
      and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
      8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
      with roots that reach deep into the water.
      Such trees are not bothered by the heat
      or worried by long months of drought.
      Their leaves stay green,
      and they never stop producing fruit.

      9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
      and desperately wicked.
      Who really knows how bad it is?
      10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
      and examine secret motives.
      I give all people their due rewards,
      according to what their actions deserve.”

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      1. The children of single and ppor parents cannot afford teligious based private schools. Unfortunately, they are the very ones who might benefit the most by attending during the most formative years in their lives.

        School vouchers could help, along with a resurgence of clegy and especially nuns in my opinion.

        I keep telling my sister who is a nun to tell the nuns to stop dying.

        Regards and goodwill blogging.


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        1. That’s a good reply. I too like school vouchers.

          Single and poor parents do have difficult problems. Redistributing the wealth increases their problems. When we allow politicians to redistribute the wealth (the public school system is just one big example of that), we trade politicians who would protect our rights for politicians who buy our votes. Such politicians just make everyone poorer (except themselves), and such politicians thrive off of ignorant constituents.

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