Free Choice

“Knowledge comes like light from the sun. The foolish man through lack of faith or laziness deliberately closes his eyes – that is, his faculty of choice – and at once consigns the knowledge to oblivion because in his indolence he fails to put it into practice. For folly leads to indolence, and this in turn begets inertia and hence forgetfulness. Forgetfulness breeds self-love – the love of one’s own will and thoughts – which is equivalent to the love of pleasure and praise. From self-love comes avarice, the root of all evils (cf. 1 Tim. 6:10), for it entangles us in worldly concerns and in this way leads to complete unawareness of God’s gifts and of our own faults.” St. Peter of Damaskos.

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:12