duminică, 5 august 2012

On Bodily Vices


For the religious morality the most common and, therefore, the most fearful sins for the community are the bodily vices as gluttony and fornication.

They seem to be correctly accused for their force of dominating the whole person.

 As a consequence of the previous accusation, they are accused for their effect to religious life: the bodily vices make the men to be indifferent to religion.

The first accusation could be understood as the fear of religion to leave the man to recognize himself as belonging to this world.

Someone who knows himself as totally belonging to this world would never be interested in another world.

In spite of the natural repugnance to the bodily vices, they yet teach the reason that the way by which we must know our totally affiliation to this world should be the simile of consumption.

Differently from the bodily vices, the thought and the life itself leave enough unconsumed parts of this world.

By indulging itself in abstraction and generality, the thought easily forgets many concrete parts of this world.

By facing the natural decay and death, the life is felt as being consumed by the world instead of consuming it.

Therefore, it is not wondrous that the religious beliefs are often supported by too abstract thoughts and appear when the men fear at most for their decaying and death.