REASONABLE PLEASURES by James V. Schall, S.J.

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REASONABLE PLEASURES by James V. Schall, S.J.

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This morning I finished reading this book. Now I'll think about it over breakfast and to the wonders on Classic Arts Showcase. I'm truly blessed in my retirement. :D
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Re: REASONABLE PLEASURES by James V. Schall, S.J.

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"Aristotle himself observed that if we do not locate pleasure properly, grasping the peculiar pleasure that belongs to each different activity, we will likely pursue other pleasures in a disordered manner. He noted this temptation to be particularly true of the politician. He is often too busy to experience the knowledge of the higher things that would serve to put all activities in their proper place, including his own." Reasonable Pleasures,p. 193-94 (Emphasis added)

When I read the paragraph above, I thought of the former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY):

"On May 27, 2011, using his public Twitter account, Weiner sent a link to a photo on yfrog[10][20] of his erect penis concealed by boxer briefs to a 21-year-old female college student from Seattle, Washington, who was "following" his posts on the social media website.[21] Though the link was quickly removed from Weiner's Twitter account, screen shots of Weiner’s original message and of the photo were captured by a user identified as "Dan Wolfe" on Twitter and subsequently sent to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart who published them on his BigGovernment website the following day.[22]

On June 1, Weiner gave a series of interviews in which he denied sending the photo and suggested that someone, perhaps a political opponent, had hacked into his accounts and published the photo.[23] Weiner also said he could not say "with certitude" that the photo was not of him. He suggested that the image might be doctored, saying, "maybe it did start being a photo of mine and now looks something different or maybe it is from another account".[24][25][26] He did not ask the FBI or U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the incident[27] but said he had retained a private security firm to look into this matter because he felt it was a prank, not a crime.[28] Several liberal bloggers accused Wolfe and Breitbart of planting the photo and message as part of a scheme to defame Weiner.[29]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_We ... g_scandals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_We ... and_family

Weiner, who is Jewish, got a BA degree in political science. I cannot find where he ever worked in the private sector. It appears that he only worked in politics and won elections and served in political office. I'll bet that he never read Plato or Aristotle or any of the great Jewish philosophers and theologians.

I suggest that his misconduct is best explained by Aristotle above, rather than by mental illness or other mental defect by a rabbi or a psychologist.
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