Thus intemperance severs the linkage between what we want and what we know. Each person judges his own desires to be good, even when this contradicts the universal judgement of reason. I would like to eat whatever I want and not get fat; but reason tells me I cannot. Reason tells me that for a healthy body, I should eat this and not that, and this much but not that much.(****) We recognize the moral dimension of this when we say “That food is bad for you.” On the other hand, someone who wants to eat can rationalize pigging out. So intemperance eventually becomes habituated.
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