I am working on a short story and wanted to get your feedback on the topic of temptation. The story is allegorical, moral, and sort of in the style of a Grimm or an Andersen tale.
Stearing clear of anything too personal or revealing, what do you think are man's greatest temptations?
I use "temptation" here to mean anything that compels us to behave in a way that is contrary to either how we believe we "aught" to behave or, if you want to dig a little deeper, how society has made us believe we "aught" to behave.
I think pride, greed, and lust cover the major temptations, both subtle and not, that have traditionally plagued men.
They have power to manifest themselves, especially pride, as so many other things that often, I believe, these three (or at least one of them) are the hidden root of whatever bizarre, sad, destructive behaviors we often encounter.
I would add jealousy and envy to the list. They have been the motives for many murders.
Small temptations are the slippery slope to large temptations.
Power, I think the majority of man's temptation is the that of POWER. Sheer authority over another.
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