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Why is resisting temptation considered difficult ?
 
The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines temptation as a strong desire to have or to do something even though you know you should not. Therefore, the word connotes that if we yield to a temptation, we are being ill-disciplined and perhaps want to taste the forbidden fruits. It has a negative connotation if we yield to that temptation as it is not socially sanctioned.

Temptations exist everywhere in the world. They can be in the form of buying branded goods, eating fried food when one's health does not permit it or being tempted to take things easy, laze around and not do a task easily and efficiently even though the deadline is drawing near.

Temptation is a perennial problem in life and whether one gives in to it depends on one's character or more specifically one's discipline and will. Discipline and will are formed by one's values or the lessons learnt from giving in to temptations in the past. For example, a student may be tempted by his peers to go shopping and take things easy even though a major test is drawing near. If he does not yield to the temptation, it is perhaps because from young, he has been trained to recognize that indulging in short term pleasures like shopping or frittering away one's time will hinder one's pursuit of desired goals in life such as studying to do well in the examinations. It could also be that in the past he had yielded to temptation before and in this case, a lack of discipline to study, which resulted in bad grades.

A young student may be tempted to indulge in illegal methods like cheating, lying or stealing. As a teen, the temptations of illicit pleasures like smoking, taking drugs and gambling beckon to him. As a young adult, he may be tempted to drink, charge immoderate expenses to his credit card, or lie in his resume. Growing older, he may be tempted to eat foods which are not suitable for his health or age. Elderly people may sometimes succumb to the temptations of con men who lure them with get-rich schemes if they were to invest their hard-earned savings with them.

Why is giving in to temptations socially frowned upon? This is because of the harmful results from giving in to such. A person who tries smoking harms his body and may even move on to drugs. A drug addict is a burden to himself, his loved ones and to society. An accountant who yields to the temptation of siphoning off his company's funds will face the odium of social disgrace to himself when the crime is discovered.

All said and done, temptations are attractive by nature. This is often in the nature of forbidden fruit. The grass always looks greener on the other side. That milk shake may add unwanted calories to the slim woman, but it is itself a temptation because it is forbidden and seldom indulged in. A diabetic craves for a dessert because of the joys of sugar which he is forbidden to indulge in.

Someone who does not yield to temptation is respected in society. A politician who is incorruptible or a husband who is faithful upholds desired moral standards in society. Imagine a society where people give in to temptations like beating traffic laws or going on spending binges. The moral fabric of society will be eroded. Temptations must therefore be recognized for what they are - seductive attractions not to be succumbed to.

     
perennial   constant
     
odium   hatred
     
binges   splurges
 
 

 

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