When we are young, we often have fantasies of bedding many women (or men).

However, this is not actually what we desire.

Do you really want unlimited sex?

I doubt it. I imagine that we actually want is a good life.

So, If you ever find yourself thinking about hedonistic goals, ask yourself, “Do I actually want this or am I just searching for the good life?”

Then, ask yourself, what is the good life?

EDIT:

Here is a quote explaining this situation in a different way.

“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” – Henri Nouwen

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