Rules. We follow them all the time. Not only do they dominate our lives, they also hold a strange command over our relationships. Everything is expected to be done in a certain fashion and one is expected to find the beauty and joy of it in the process. Every culture, sect, religion, family, society etc have their own set of rules that are to be followed, lines that are to be drawn and mannerisms that have to be regulated now and then.
Enter TEMPTATION. Rules seem to be buried in closets, mannerisms seem to be absconding and lines seem to fade the moment this phenomenon enters anyone’s life, usually to alter it forever. One big issue with this word is that there is always a negative connotation attached to it, and why not, it got Adam and Eve to commit the original sin, and prepared a smooth path for lust and jealousy to enter the world (apparently it’s said that Adam was engulfed by lust and Eve by jealousy after having the fruit). The problem I believe is not the consequence, but the fact that it is not known to many. Temptation, of any kind, is attractive because it is glossy and yet challenging at the same time. It dares you to experiment, to take that leap into something that has/has been haunting you for so long and to enjoy it. From childhood we all are asked not to do certain things, but we are usually never told why. And it is this ‘why’ that stays with us, this ‘why’ is the temptation’s advocate in this case, because it does most part of the job. It raises this curiosity within our minds about the possible consequences and yet robs us off these assumptions as we can’t really point our finger on any one of these. To fall prey to a temptation of any kind was considered to be an immense sin, it was the ultimate proof of the weakness of the human nature, still is, and yet a lot has changed about our approach for this word. Now it seems like an experiment, a challenge that we wish to take up and survive, a carnal desire so strong that for that moment we are ready to let go and sacrifice a lot in our lives that we took so long to establish. the reason for this is what I mentioned before, not many know the serious consequences to most of the temptations. The gloss, the promise to provide pleasure, that supposed feeling of bliss is so attractive that we fail to notice that once we reach the top of the mountain, we are going to be pushed down, hard and long.
I know many who are ready to take that fall, are ready to survive serious injuries, are ready to make amends later, but are not ready to give up on not doing that has been haunting them for so long. And I think that is the beauty of it. Although it exposes our weakness, our inability to control our minds, it also fills us with this strange courage, this unbeatable will that we usually never find in ourselves. Of course, later we are never always pushed from the mountain alone, with us fall a lot of relations, people, who hoped a lot from us and failed miserably and there is nothing in the world that can replace that guilt of hurting them. And yet I cannot imagine life without temptations, they test us, many times they get us to consider what we really want, and they fill us with the courage to go for it, to close our eyes and make that jump.
It’s Strange how sometimes the most accursed of things bring out the best in us!