Most have a dominant passion that, for us, is stronger than any other passion. For some, that passion is lust, while others may have another dominant passion. Our dominant passion may be supported and strengthened by other passions that we continually consent to because we consider them innocent compared to the more serious passions that they lead to. This dominant passion remains strong only as long as we feed it and give it air to breathe. The more we suffocate and starve this passion, and the seemingly smaller passions which support it, the more it withers and dies.
I think the passion of lust is probably very strong for most men in our society because of the prevalence of sexual content and images that flood every aspect of the media, from the lyrics of songs, to television shows, to the internet, to seductive advertisements around the borders of online news articles, to the increasingly immodest attire that has become acceptable for women. Lust easily follows on the trail of both idleness and gluttony. If we are idle, we can either fill this idleness with work, with prayer, and with spiritual reading; or, we can allow our mind to wonder, opening our hearts to any suggestion from the Enemy that may excite and entice us through the promise of pleasure and the deception that sensual pleasure leads to satisfaction. In idleness we may allow our eyes to wonder, or begin to indulge other senses such as the sense of taste, thereby dulling the soul and strengthening the flesh. This how we lay out the red carpet for lust and fornication. But, again, if we starve the passions through genuine fasting, prayer, spiritual reading, and hard work, avoiding opportunities for the mind to wonder and for lust to take hold, then we can cut off its air supply and cause the passion to wither. The more that we, with the help of God, overcome our passions, the weaker they become.