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Kevin Pintauro September 28, 2006 Take Home Essay Saint Augustine’s early life quest for material goods, wisdom, wealth, and sexual fulfillment were supposed to make him happier. He was, “…in love with love,” (Book 3) however, this was a love of fleeting satisfactions that Augustine abused like a drug. And like any drug, he becomes dependent and grows a tolerance to instant gratifications, and just as any addict would do, he increases the dosages of his temporary satisfactions which ultimately make him less happy. Instant gratification only lasts moments, and things that make you happy will ultimately disappear. T.S. Elliot’s Little Gidding , 208-211, poetically describes Augustine’s emotional state and also contains what may be Augustine’s only escape, “Love is the unfamiliar Name Behind the hands that wove The intolerable shirt of flame Which human power cannot remove.” Augustine is the creator of his own “intolerable shirt of flame”. His continuous dispiriting action further binds the
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