Too Much of a Good Thing
- Aristotle once said, "It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it." Cravings have a certain mastery over our bodies and souls. Spend some time listing all the different types of cravings you can think of (physical, emotional, spiritual). Which ones do you think are the strongest? The strongest in the USA?
- When have you been like the man in this story? What part of life did it cost you?
- By stowing away grain and not releasing it into the marketplace, the man is serving only himself, driving up the price on his grain for the foreseeable future. It turns out that the man's gluttony was not just bad for him, but it kept basic needs from others. How does our gluttony today have the same effect? Give examples.
- The way of Jesus is different. The spiritual antidote for the vice of gluttony is the virtue of generosity. How might generosity counteract gluttony? What might we do to develop that discipline? What changes in your life would be required for you to develop this virtue?