Chap. XXII.—Of the Pleasures of Taste and Smell.
But with regard to the pleasures of taste and smell, which two senses relate only to the body, there is nothing to be discussed
by us; unless by chance any one requires us to say that it is disgraceful to a wise and good man if he is the slave of his
appetite, if he walks along besmeared with unguents and crowned with flowers: and he who does these things is plainly foolish
and senseless, and is worthless, and one whom not even a notion of virtue has reached. Perhaps some one will say, Why, then,
have these things been made, except that we may enjoy them? However, it has often been said that there would have been no
virtue unless it had things which it 189might overpower. Therefore God made all things to supply a contest between two things. Those enticements of pleasures, then,
are the instruments of that whose only business it is to subdue virtue, and to shut out justice from men. With these soothing
influences and enjoyments it captivates their souls; for it knows that pleasure is the contriver of death. For as God calls
man to life only through virtue and labour, so the other calls us to death by delights and pleasures; and as men arrive at
real good through deceitful evils, so they arrive at real evil through deceitful goods. Therefore those enjoyments are to
be guarded against, as snares or nets, lest, captivated by the softness of enjoyments, we should be brought under the dominion
of death with the body itself, to which we have enslaved ourselves.