If you can't control yourself just don't do it

Do you think this premise holds some truth?

Often, we lie to ourself thinking that we can control it, but deep inside we know we cannot, or we don’t care at the moment.

Low tolerance to frustration and the need for instant gratification are two things the modern, first world person struggles with. And I don’t know if we can get rid of it.

Breaking down desire has been men’s goal since time known

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Different operations in response

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They say our grandparents worked hard and from an early age.

I think it may be the relationship between a generation and it’s historic events.

You can elaborate if you want. I believe the two factors I described above are more inherent to our generation

I just meant that the study of the effort to become less driven by our base desires is ancient and holds an important position in our psyche, worldwide

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In other words, combating desire is a common trope in the narratives that are provided to individuals with respect to their lives. Morally

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Since 1879?

And what’s your opinion on this? I think it’s futile but still bugs me out.

There are approaches to dealing with desire, not winning or losing

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All sorts of things can be done. Makes me think about Kung Fu.

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I love Alan Watts
The gurus guru

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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.

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When in doubt just tug it out and get on with the day. Youll expend more energy resisting lol :laughing:

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A good whack gets you back on track.

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Thanks, @ThePoet . By fast you mean, not only food but other substances aswell? That makes a lot of sense.

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Yes! Basically what I mean is temperance. Taking in proper measure the things the body needs and abstaining from those that are superfluous.

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This could be a great idea for a vlog aswell. I think people are more likely to post about extremes just to sell content. We need some people talking about moderation.

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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.

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