Self-control is a muscle. The more you use it the easier it is to use it. Its a habit. The root of it all comes down to fasting. I don’t say that in a mysterious spiritual magical kind of way. Its very simple. Basic thermodynamics really. When we overindulge in food our bodies (including our brains, which is specifically of significance here) become inflamed. They are not in their natural state and it becomes more difficult to control our bodies and again more importantly our minds. Over indulgence in food but also in drugs, sex, alcohol causes brains are full of dopamine and other neurotransmitters and not in its natural state. As a result we’re essentially in a state of malfunctioning.
Gas and oil are good for a car but if you start overfilling the gas and pouring oil all over the car and in the windshield fluid etc its going to malfunction. The same is true with the human body-mind. If we fast we return to that state of proper homeostasis, everything is where it should be in the body and the natural seat of the mind, which is above the control of the body, is retained and we can control ourselves.
thats cool dude! yea id agree… theres a saying… its something like “consistency is the rarest of human traits”… Ive also heard great teachers say that “its better to have a little of each virtue than to have much of one but be lacking in another”. Balance is the key to life as i see it.
In my opinion its better to have a little temperance, fortitude, wisdom, justice etc. Than be very wise but lack the rest. its like id rather have 1 hammer, 1 wrench, 1 screwdriver than 3 screwdrivers…
or you could look at it as a Warrior in a battle. If you have glaring obvious weaknesses it easier to be overcome… even if you have the strongest punches… if youre very slow a tactic could be formed against you to simply dodge your strong punches and they’d be beaten. But if you have a decent speed, decent power, decent aggility etc… its more difficult to figure you out and defeat you… your weaknesses arent obvious. Its the same in the battle with evil.