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A Comparative and Contrastive Analysis of the Lives of Saint Augustine and Myself By Kevin Pintauro December 7, 2006 1
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NOTE TO THE READER: It is important to keep in mind that Augustine writes about his past in the present while I am writing about my (near) present and my not too distant past, in the present; giving our two similarly opposite lifestyles two different perspectives. …But I’m sure you already knew that. 2
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Saint Augustine’s early struggles in life consist of his quest and desire for material luxuries and sexual conquest ( Confessions ; book 3). He unknowingly adopts a lifestyle that resembles that of many Hollywood celebrities today; a life many today aspire to have. Yet, he is otherwise unhappy with his life and he continues to try and escape it by occupying his mind on the very things that cause his unhappiness; making him even less happy. The current lifestyle and short-term goals of Kevin Pintauro (Me) consists of many things that Augustine’s Confessions , ultimately portray to be “fleeting” and give similar descriptions to that of drugs and alcohol. While I agree, to an extent, that the material life is fleeting and consists of various “temporary” highs, since I have been exposed to and embraced these things, I cannot and do not want to see myself without them. It is still possible to achieve “true” happiness while being consumed in worldly things and it is “happiness” that is really truly fleeting. Peoples’ views on life often change as they age as they especially did for Augustine. Augustine describes his “lowest” point in life when he is at his “peak” of the material lifestyle (book 2). He attends many various social events like I would attend parties, concerts, or sporting events and we are both promiscuous (to say the least). He describes these things as “transient diversions” that only preoccupy his mind from seeking the “truth” (God). I would describe them as a fun Friday night out with the boys and at the same time experiencing “truth”. God is not “real” in the sense that God cannot
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