All depends on the concrete instance, remarks Callaheidi.
Well, here's a rather concrete instance from Gerontion which
is demonstrative of being consumed by a "fire" that knows
no satiation:
In depraved May, dogwood and chestnut, flowering judas,
To be eaten, to be divided, to be drunk
Among whispers; by Mr. Silvero
With caressing hands, at Limoges
Who walked all night in the next room;
By Hakagawa, bowing among the Titians;
By Madame de Tornquist, in the dark room
Shifting the candles***...
It's this the Buddha had in mind when he wrote of the "cause
productive of misery, which is the selfish desire, ever renewed,
of satisfying one's self, without being able ever to secure the end".
 (from The Buddhist Catechism by Henry S. Olcott)
And so had TSE when he spoke of being "consumed" by
"either fire or fire".
***Hey, Rick, one of the dirty limericks was about a candle.
That proved to be the starting point for this -- a "value"
of the direction the extremes take, maybe, as Peter said.
~ CR

"Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Carrol Cox wrote:
> > Callaheidi Fireman wrote:
> >
> >
> > Many a young man was warned that masturbation leads to blindness....
> ...
> But as to the question in the subject line -- it's silly. All depends on
> the concrete instance.

Masturbation? Concrete? It's time for a dirty limerick. Look for "Bombay".

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