There’s only one way to get rid of temptation, and that’s to yield to it. Lord Henry Wotton.
What if you could do anything you want without having ANY repercussions on your body?
Dorian Gray’s life was one I admired.
Sure, selling your soul is a small price to pay but Imagine a life where you could do anything you wanted and never had to worry about consequences to your youth or beauty! I would have lived his life the way he did if the only ramifications suffered would be to a portrait of myself.
It’s weird though that he was never happy after enjoying ALL life had to offer.
I assure you, pleasure is very different from happiness. Dorian Gray.
He reminisces some 20 years later into his life, still as youthful and beautiful as the day he bartered with the devil, wondering what if he had done things differently; what if he had practised caution and self-control, perhaps the decay to his soul wouldn’t have been as prominent or quick.
Inspired to examine my methods of self-correction, I posed to myself a debate; Abstinence versus self-control. I’ve always thought abstinence was the only way to get rid of an addiction. If you abstain long enough, you lose ALL desire. Is it better to completely forgo something you’re addictied to?
But I figure, like a short term diet, abstinence works great during the required period. It’s the withdrawals symptoms later that have a bigger effect on us than we think.
Is there a need to be so extreme when going back to a previous life can throw you into a bigger addiction than before?
With abstinence you have to watch in pain and longing while others enjoy the pleasure of your addiction. Self control says there’s a prayer of you overcoming your addictions and not fearing indulgence. The discipline itself guides you to knowing your temptations better rather than avoiding it.
Yes, self-control seems to be the smarter choice. But I wonder how many of us in this perversely distracted generation have the discipline it takes to say “Nay” to this luscious world?
I wonder if saying, “I can stop anytime.” really is the same as stopping.
And I wonder if it matters that we try to fight the inevitable end that each of us must eventually succumb to anyway.
If really the only way to overcome temptation is to yield to it.
If it makes a difference that we try to keep that portrait hidden in the attic from decay.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. Titus 2:11
In conclusion, I shall re-activate my Facebook account in spite of my resolution in an attempt to find some self-control and overcome my indulgence.
Thinking of: The portrait of Dorian
Gay Gray, Taylor Swift’s You belong with me and how I need to talk less and listen more.