Good evening, all. Hope everyone had a fine summer.
Some volumes may be more relevant to your particular perspective and troubles, but I cannot recommend one over another to a person. The work as a whole is worthy of much reflection, and is perhaps second only to Colonel Hackworth's About Face on my list of recommendations.
Consider the man who eats fast food daily. Enjoyment turns into addiction and dependence, and worse still - tolerance. The fast food addict no longer derives any enjoyment from his meals, and sees them only as yet another part of his routine. And where one meal might have satisfied him at the start, he now needs one order of this, another of that, an extra large something in his search for satiety. A single cheeseburger would leave him yearning for more.
We recognize that too much fast food has dire consequences on the individual because we can see the results manifest in the form of physical obesity. But pornography too yields similar results in the form of moral obesity; degrading the value of human interaction and dulling the fulfillment of actual relationships. You need only spend a few minutes on Discord or other rubbish to find porn-addicted men who could never interact with a woman in a healthy manner, and who view nearly everything through a lens of pornographic desire and loneliness.
And where the fast food addict requires ever more greasy garbage, the alcoholic ever more to drink - the porn addict requires ever more taboo content. Simple nudity would never suffice for the porn addict, nor would videos of actual sex anymore. Instead the porn addict begins to seek out increasing taboos (anal, gang-bang, erotic torture, piss, bestiality, cuckolding, raceplay, chastity, sissification, etc). Individuals convicted of possessing/distributing child sexual abuse material most commonly use the excuse of eventually 'running out' of other material that could get them off sufficiently.
Through thousands of years of human lives come and gone, the one constant found has been that moderation of joy leads to contentment with life, and indulgence leads to misery. Whether it be wealth, entertainment, food, or even sexual stimulation, there is no surer path to fulfillment in our infantile era of 'let people enjoy things' than in taking a step back and admitting you've had your share for now. Come back another time and have more when the time is right; no one ever gazed at a fast food addict and thought, "He's the happiest man I know."
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