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    AaronInSanDiego, sardonyx

    In the Philippines, some men honor Jesus on Good Friday by whipping themselves bloody, carrying crosses, and allowing them to be crucified (short of the point of death.)  That takes discipline -- but I have it on good authority that it does not necessarily mean that they will put that discipline to good use.

    Tomorrow, at work, I'm working out one settlement for a victim of harassment and preparing for a hearing for a whistleblower.  I don't think that there's any moral advantage to my doing so hungry.  To me, our moral strength is in our choices. not what discomfort we can endure.

    That said, this is a valid point about which reasonable people can disagree.  (See: two Jews here -- and there's your requisite third opinion!)

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