Literally true

If your eye cause you to sin, pluck it out is supposedly a paradigm case of hyperbole or exaggeration, but why not just take it as a literally true counterfactual? If a foot actually were the root of all your moral failings, and amputating it would instantly transform you into a morally perfect sage and saint, who wouldn’t cut it off? Whole nations would have been footless and eyeless for ages. Small price to pay, when put in the balance with all the evil that moral depravity brought about in the same time.

Sadly, the cause of moral depravity is harder to identify than feet, eyes, or any other part of the body.  Maybe it arises from parts of us that are a lot dearer to us than feet or eyes, or maybe to recognize the cause is to realize that one never loved it at all.

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