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Patanjali Sokaris

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Temptation

Sacrificing morals for personal gain

Too many are willing to sacrifice any morals they have, just to be part of what seems to be the successful/winning team, or get what they desire.

It is a test of moral character, which starts out as being something easy to agree with, but then comes more actions of increasingly dubious moral worth. At some point, hopefully the full extent of the moral bankruptcy hasn't been reached, and a retreat to sane thinking can still be made.

The seed of temptation is selfishness, and that is what the temptor leverages to start the moral corruption process. The selfishness doesn't have to be for oneself, but can be for any outcome that fulfills any burning desires one has.

Self-deception plays a huge part in allowing oneself to be seduced, as typically it is the rationalising that the temptor's behaviour conforms to one's preferred ideology, whether it be religious or political, that propels one to continue to be tempted.

Therefore, focussing upon truth and not one's delusions is the key to being free of such temptation. even if it challenges one's ideologies. Ideologies are a tool for managing one's life, not an inviolate rulebook. Truth must override ideological theory, otherwise delusion results.

Make sure you choose your alliances carefully. Don't hand over your allegiance just because someone promises to 'make things great'. Ask what their objectives are, and how they plan to make them happen. Some just want people fodder for their self-aggrandisement. Instead, choose real outcomes, planned by real people with a genuine desire to help people.


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