July 4, 2017
sensation sen·sa·tion (sěn-sā’shən) n. A perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition. The faculty to feel or perceive; physical sensibility. An indefinite, generalized body feeling.
By definition and use in language a ‘sensation’ is something detected by a human sense. It is something we see, feel or hear. Go outside on a winter day to get the morning paper, in your pajamas, and you will immediately ‘sense’ cold. Likewise we sense heat, motion and an entire realm of circumstances that our senses interpret for us.
A myriad of human behavior is based on what we sense – in this case, causing the newspaper retriever to run indoors to escape frigid temperatures. This explains wearing clothing amenable to heat or cold, eating when you sense hunger, listening to your choice of music, admiring nature or a brilliant sunset.
Everything done as a choice by humans is to appease a desired sensation. But giving in to unreasonable sensations can bring harm to an individual or to those in their surroundings.
When a pregnant woman indulges in use of narcotics it adversely affects the unborn. Not to mention the possibility of drug purchases meaning another child will not be fed or the rent and electric won’t be paid.
In that instance the succumbing to a desired ‘sensation’ has extreme consequences. On the other hand a person might volunteer at a local hospital because it appeases the desired ‘sensation’ of helping or contributing to the community.
Appeasing sensations can be beneficial or harmful. Those appeasements that are beneficial do not need to be subject to discriminate use. Harmful appeasements absolutely need to be subject to discriminate use. This is why there are laws against speeding, driving drunk, armed robbery, rape, murder and use of illegal drugs.
When harmful appeasements are not controlled harm results to the person giving in to harmful appeasements and often to people in their periphery. It doesn’t mean it is illegitimate for have sensations that may be appeased, but not controlling oneself when seeking a sensation is the difference. Might someone be pulled over by police for driving the speed limit or for exceeding the speed limit?
Nations, states, counties and even towns pass laws and ordinances primarily to protect the rights and privileges of those who might suffer at the hands of the one wantonly appeasing a sensation. In example; a drug addict needs cash for a fix. The sensation may be so strong the addict enters a convenience store, kills the clerk and makes away with the funds needed for his next drug purchase.
As another example; an unmarried couple is engaged in hot and heavy intimacy. In spite of people knowing that sexual intercourse can produce a human being, the sensation at the time is so desired they continue on – making a baby – and may place that unborn human in harm’s way if a child was not what was desired from the sexual activity or adds another child to a single parent becoming the economic burden of society.
If we could strengthen our ability to withhold the pursuit of potentially harmful sensations it might be of great benefit. Just as Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy, if adhered to no harm will come. But we all know even men of the cloth surrender to harmful pursuit of sensations.
A mindset of self-discipline – not giving in to desired sensations that are harmful – is a mindset that is taught. Take away that teaching and self-discipline is relegated to history.
In the study of world religions many instances of self-discipline is espoused. Eastern orthodoxies preach the same – stand strong against temptation to assure you will bring no harm to yourself or others.
In many world governments today, religions or philosophies that teach self-discipline are being increasingly eradicated. Increasingly, government and activists are influencing the way children are raised in this country and it seems many ‘modern’ parents make little or no effort to instill self-discipline in their children.
As parenting and religions that teach tolerance and self-discipline in life are going away we see more bad behavior by humans and the extent is at levels unseen in history.
Try to share any type of wisdom such as is shared by the last six of the Ten Commandments and you most likely will lose your job, your business or be sued for every penny you have.
As I near 68 years of existence on planet Earth the changes in American culture from a society of law-abiding, God fearing citizens is rapidly becoming one of ‘I want it and I want it now!’
This gives us millennial snowflakes, drug overdoses, huge illegitimacy rates, high crime rates and more and more people forsaking self reliance for desiring ‘government’ to provide for them – believing the mantra from so many that push a narrative of entitlement and victimhood – because that’s what they were taught!.
Appeasing the sensations that are harmful is becoming so commonplace you might say that nationally we have spared the rod and spoiled the child. Self-indulgence – unchecked – is what you are seeing daily in the news.
At one time parents were primarily responsible for what a child was taught. Parents are now secondary to television, the movies, the Internet, cell phones and social media. All of these mediums of communication have made inroads toward influencing people. A parent has to work extremely hard to counteract that.
As so much bad behavior is prevalent today it tells us already that Moms and Dads are losing the war. If a child does not receive strong enough influence to be self-disciplined you might assume their first experience might come under conditions known as jail or prison.
As achievement becomes more of a dirty word to Socialist minded people, what do we lose if the potential for our children becoming achievers as opposed to societal leeches? Achievement requires self-discipline and putting non-beneficial sensation seeking on the back burner – or, as one learned man once said, ‘moderation in all things’.