My dear,

What’s your condom? C’mon, we all have one.

Sure, in our culture it’s mainly seen as a sign of promiscuous satisfaction. But the condom is more than that.

It requires that the rush of desire be interrupted, its course modified, its sensation diminished. At the moment of being consumed by the present, a concern with the future intrudes.

The condom is a declaration of sacrifice in the midst of indulgence. It is evidence of civilization and its discontents.

So… what’s your condom?

Falsely yours,
Edward Rothstein