Pain and pleasure

The comedy movie, A Walk in the Woods, (a remake of author, Bill Bryson’s book, A Walk in the Woods) stars Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, and Nick Nolte. This 2015 film was a fun watch.

Bryson, and estranged buddy, Ktaz, hike the Appalachian Trail, or rather, get a good start on the 2,200-mile long trek from Georgia to Maine. The childhood buddies become reacquainted after drifting apart, living two distinct lifestyles.

Bryson is a successful author, faithful husband, and happy father. Katz is a recovering alcoholic and girl chaser, trying to stay ahead of the law.

At one point, while resting on the trail, Katz admitted basically, “I love everything about drinking. I love the smell, I love the taste, I love the buzz. But alcohol only brings ruin. It ruins everything good in life.” So, he stopped drinking. Even though he still loved it.

I think it was the self-indulgence that Katz had to let go of. He realized the physical pleasures were delusive.

There are many things in life that we can love. I love personal relationships, food, and recreation. But if I give so much power, in other words, more power than I give God, to those physical things, it brings ruin. Personal relationships can become constraining, food can ruin balance, and recreation can divert my away from spiritual study.

Quoting, from science & religion to God: a briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health:

“Pain and pleasure are not in the human body but in human belief. God is not the author of false beliefs. As we better understand the nothingness of material beliefs their effects disappear. Choose spiritual good as the reality.

“Consciousness, as well as action, is controlled by Mind. Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit.”

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