Thursday, April 11, 2013

Temptation is a Mutha.

"I can resist anything except temptation."
-Oscar Wilde

Temptation was the first mortal sin, it has been around since the beginning of time and will probably survive the apocalypse.  What is it about temptation that makes it so taboo?  Why is it forbidden and why are we drawn to it?

Whether it is the chocolate molten cake hidden from a dieting woman, the cookie jar placed just out of a child's reach, or the beautiful woman who seduces a married man, temptation comes in all forms.

“Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?”  
-Chuck Palahniuk

Humans always want more.  We are taught to strive for success, push ourselves, and never settle.  Ultimately, we are taught to fight for the things that we cannot have.  So why is it so surprising when one gives into temptation?  Why is it always such a scandal?

The truth is, temptation is sexy;  it is dangerous and it makes us feel young and alive.  There is nothing that we want more than something that we cannot have... the forbidden.  Nothing sweetens the pot like the idea that we may get to have a taste of the forbidden and never get caught.  No harm, no foul, right?

The problem with temptation is that there is always a consequence.  Temptation is usually a quick fix, a band aid.  Giving in to temptation gives you the instant rush of adrenaline and that feeling of danger but it does not solve the problem.  The truth is, if we worked on ourselves and ensured that our needs were met, there would be no temptation.  The allure would be gone.

When you begin to feel like the grass is greener on the other side, water your lawn.