Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess

Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess

Daniel Akst

" This elegantly written and important booklet . . . describes how, for millennia, people have struggled to rein in desire." -USA this day

At a time whilst the fallout from reckless spending and unrestrained intake is fueling a countrywide malaise, Daniel Akst offers a witty and finished research of the principal challenge of our time: how to avoid wasting ourselves from what we need. Temptation reminds us that whereas extra energy, intercourse, and intoxicants are available than ever earlier than, the most important social constraints have eroded, making a international that sorely checks the bounds of human determination. Referencing historical past, literature, psychology, philosophy, and economics, Akst attracts a brilliant photo of the many-sided challenge of desire-and can provide a blueprint for the way we will steer shrewdly clear of a crusade of self-destruction.

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