Temperance

So soon after the last one? Yes, indeed.

A little background first. I have set myself certain boundaries which I will not cross. They are similar to the pharasies’ fence laws, except in that I would not say that to cross these boundaries would be a sin, but rather a warning sign that I have lost control in some way.

First and tamest boundary is that I will not drink coffee. My reasoning for this one is that I would rather be competent by my* own strength than rely on a stimulant to function throughout the day. This is the earliest warning sign that I’ve lost control, as well as the one that is of the least concern.

*Attributed to God, but that’s about as hard to put simply as my view on free will.

Second, and far more understandable, boundary is that I will not drink any alcohol when I am of age (nor before, which I say because apparently I don’t think you trust me). This is easier to understand. A little alcohol is fine, as long as one does not indulge in excess. Thus, if I do at any point drink any amount of alcohol, I am at risk of drinking too much. Also, I get drunk enough off of exhaustion that I don’t need anything else making me crazy.

The final, and most severe, boundary is that I will not, under any circumstance (well, more on this later), swear anything worse than ‘hell.’ Now, first off, would cursing be a sin? It’s not entirely clear cut, but one of the best verses I’ve found regarding it is Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

This there is a slight conundrum. Would swearing in writing, such as to convey a character’s emotions in one of my stories, be a sin? It depends what ‘necessary edification’ means, doesn’t it? Thus, I have not completely decided if I’ll ever swear in my writings, but besides that, I will not.

Now for the reason I brought this up in the first point. In college, it is occasionally hard to get to know people, and so methods have developed to make it easier. There are games you can play to learn about each other.

The most basic and hated of these being ice breakers. They’re also not very effective. Occasionally you’ll get some amount of insight into someone’s true personality–that which they use with their friends and family, as opposed to the general public–but often times you learn facts about them, but nothing truly useful for getting to know them.

There are also board and card games. These are a bit better, but not necessarily great. Starting with a something like Dominion, it’s a great game, but lousy for promoting player interaction. Aside from the numbers associated with each player–what cards they have or are tending to buy–there is little value in the player existing as a person other than so there’s an extra opponent.

Moving along, there’s the game that ties the beginning of the post with the middle: Cards Against Humanity. CAH is the ideal card game to get to know each other and each other’s dark sides. It really gives you insight into the players, both by what cards they play, as well as what cards the pick as the card czar. Awesome, right? Except if you know anything at all about CAH, you know that one in five cards (rough estimate) is not sexual, swearing, or otherwise inappropriate.

Now, after all of that, you’ll be surprised to hear that I’m not complaining about the boundaries I set for myself getting in the way of meeting and getting to know people, but rather, I’m saddened that this is what humanity has decided is the best game for getting to know each other. It is a prime example of how strong a presence Evil has over this world, and why we need Jesus so much.

Listening to people play it in another room made me a mix of sad and disappointed. Coming from me, the guy that’s only recently getting in touch with his emotions, that means something. This world needs so much more God than people let it have.

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6 thoughts on “Temperance”

    1. Because “hell” retains its original meaning when mentioned in a religious discussion or such. I’ll still only say “what the heck” or just “what the…” but when discussing the Christian representation of eternal damnation, there’s no other word than “hell.”

    1. Because people use it as such. Just because someone uses ‘nail’ to talk about a construction item doesn’t mean it doesn’t also mean to hit someone with force, usually from a distance.

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