What’s the first thing that comes into my head when I think ‘Temptation’? Well, if I’m going to be perfectly honest, it’s the discotastic (and high pitched) track of the same name by Heaven17. (I am now aware that readers of a certain age will now have ‘Higher and higher… Temp-ta-tion!’ going round their heads. Sorry about that.) The second thing that comes into my head is the line from Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde: ‘I can resist everything except temptation’.
And that’s the point, really – that temptation is really meant to be resisted. If you follow the prompting of temptation then you are ‘giving in to it’. Temptation is about the illicit, the forbidden – the first temptation being the fruit from the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden. (Small digression – did you know that nowhere in the bible is it said that the fruit was an apple?) One is never ‘tempted’ to take out the rubbish, or give money to charity. We’re tempted to have another muffin, or buy the cute nail varnish that we don’t really need, or stay in bed an extra hour.
But then, a lot of the time the only person making the rules is us. The voice saying, ‘I really shouldn’t…’ or ‘I really should…’ is ours. Obviously, it’s not healthy to eat all the muffins, spend money we don’t have, fill our houses with loads of unnecessary stuff or stay in bed so long we never get anything done – but perhaps, sometimes we should answer back to that little voice, because sometimes it gets it wrong, and the ‘forbidden’ and the ‘illicit’ really isn’t – or shouldn’t be. ‘The nail varnish is money I can easily afford and having fuschia pink toenails will make me smile, so actually, I really should’.
Mandy chose this week’s word – when you’ve finished here, pop over to her blog to see who else is playing.