“But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” – Romans 7:23
Now, I’ve read this passage a lot. (Keep in mind, I’m an Agnostic, and this will in no way, shape, or form be a “religious” blog!) Basically, Paul describes how there’s a war going on in his body – the war of God’s law against the law of sin. I’ll only give you one guess as to which one is the more enticing.
But I apply it to my life, and more specifically, to the war of Duty vs Pleasure I see going on within me. I mean, as a Hedonist (Yes, I’m many things – try not to pigeonhole me.), obviously the “Big Bad” in my life is Pleasure.
I find that when I know I need to, say, shop for groceries, take out the trash, lug the laundry out to the laundromat, or even write – that I am beset on all sides by beckoning pleasures: porn, online games, naps, PS3 games, Netflix, snacks, DVDs of awesome TV shows and movies, etc.
I mean, writer’s block and procrastination are really only valid scapegoats for about 20% (if that) of my down-time. The rest is overcome by these other unprofitable pursuits which, if the wiser of my two natures had a majority shareholder position in my brain, I would dutifully ignore most of the time.
Alas, I do not. My sensual memory knows how pleasurable these other pastimes are, and has no qualms about vehemently reminding me of such if I am ever of a mild bent to be productive.
I am seriously considering being productive today. Perhaps I’ll have time to tell you (my readers) tomorrow how well that went for me.