uglypeoplefucking wrote:Trevor, is your question whether or not there is moral virtue in asceticism? or are you operating on the presumption that there is not?
An ethos wouldn't survive without virtues. The problem is when one set of ideals exist alongisde others, in this case, consumerism. Resulting in conflict. And the "guilt," for want of a better word, seems to be a part of that conflict. I guess I'm just curious as to how that guilt operates...
i don't think it's primarily a religious hangover, i think having guilt for indulging makes intuitive sense - hedonism can have a lot of deleterious effects on a person and that awareness is not born of religion, but rather of having indulged and suffered the consequences, which often include a hefty dose of remorse both emotional and physical. so no, it's not strictly a religious thing, i think it can also be a practical one.
What kind of "deleterious effects?" And might this "remorse" be a result of the supposed "guilt" as opposed to the result of the indulgence?