Praise

by Peter

If you desire praise, seek it. But do not desire praise.

Praise is a futile end, and its pleasure is never complete. It is a response; properly, it has its own object, and ought not be an object itself. Yet, to desire praise and act as if one did not is more heinous than simply to desire it. It is unordered desires and deceit crossbred.

If you truly and fully pursue your desire, you will discover its insufficiencies.

If you ignore or mask it, you grant it stealth.

If you truly and fully pursue your desire, you will find that others find you insupportable.

If you ignore or mask it, you will allure men into loving you while all you intend to love is their attentions.

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