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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Seek freedom from weakness, not freedom in weakness
Sep10

Seek freedom from weakness, not freedom in weakness

Freedom from weakness refers to freedom from the lower urges that weaken our determination to act constructively. Our …

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Why crave for any pleasure that makes us a slave?
Mar10

Why crave for any pleasure that makes us a slave?

If someone is enslaved, they would try to break free. If instead someone who is free tried to become enslaved, we would consider…

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When our desires change suddenly from spiritual to sensual, know that the lasso of illusory desires has fallen on us
Jan11

When our desires change suddenly from spiritual to sensual, know that the lasso of illusory desires has fallen on us

Suppose a kidnapped person is running away from their abductors. If suddenly they feel themselves being pulled backwards,…

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Morality may be relativized, but the consequences of immoral indulgence can’t be relativized
Aug30

Morality may be relativized, but the consequences of immoral indulgence can’t be relativized

Today’s culture revels in moral relativism. People reject the existence of objective moral principles; they argue …

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