Resist temptations, such an arduous task. It is a problem that we all face. The information age has only made things worse.
We all give in to temptations, some more than others. We do this despite our knowledge of the harm they can bring us. Moreover, we also judge others that give in to them.
Not only do we repeatedly fail to resist temptations, we expect others to be principled when dealing with them.
This slight hypocrisy is very common in most people and you can see it especially well in people that never fulfill their commitments and yet whine about politicians not fulfilling their promises.
If we cannot resist the temptations we have right now, how can we hope to do better once we do have more power and consequently more access to self-indulgence?
Just giving in to temptations can destroy entire lives and careers of people. This is why we must know how to resist temptations, especially if we want to move upwards in life.
“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”―John Adams
The power that comes with rising up only magnifies temptations. As a famous quote of John Dalberg-Acton goes-
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.―John Dalberg-Acton
Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.”
Is it then possible to resist temptations? Can we resist temptations not only in the limited scope in which we operate, but even if we do gain power and prestige?Continue reading “How to resist temptations. 10 steps to resist temptation”