Technological advancement without spiritual advancement makes us powerfully powerless
Mar14

Technological advancement without spiritual advancement makes us powerfully powerless

Being powerful and being powerless are usually opposite states. But when someone has a power they can’t control — say,…

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Better to endure cravings that seem unbearable than to endure consequences that are unbearable
Jan08

Better to endure cravings that seem unbearable than to endure consequences that are unbearable

Suppose someone is trying to recover from alcoholism. They may still be subjected to strong cravings to drink. Suppose …

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Even if we cover the tracks we make externally, the tracks we make internally still cover us
Dec04

Even if we cover the tracks we make externally, the tracks we make internally still cover us

Suppose we wanted to hide what we are doing from others while we are going on a trek through the wilderness. We would cover …

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In dealing with our urges, if we don’t consciously choose responsibility, we unconsciously choose slavery
May29

In dealing with our urges, if we don’t consciously choose responsibility, we unconsciously choose slavery

We all treasure our freedom and would fight if someone tried to enslave us. Yet many of us unconsciously let ourselves get…

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What we initially indulge in casually, we eventually indulge in compulsively
Dec14

What we initially indulge in casually, we eventually indulge in compulsively

When contemporary culture tempts us with addictive indulgences such as drinking, it often offers a common rationalization,…

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Indulgence decreases our capacity to push against desire and increase desire’s capacity to push us
Oct24

Indulgence decreases our capacity to push against desire and increase desire’s capacity to push us

Suppose we had to push a huge boulder uphill. That would be difficult enough. But on top of it, if we were becoming weak and …

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