Overindulgence, as Napoleon Hill says, is an easy trap to fall into when it comes to sex, but it will easily undermine your efforts at transmuting the power of sex into success and financial power.
Intemperance and Addiction
Intemperance, or overindulgence in sexual habits is just as detrimental as intemperance in habits of drinking, eating, and other addictions. In this age we live in, an age which began with the First World War, intemperance and sexual indecency is common. This may be the reason for the shortage of truly great leaders, the likes of which we have not really seen in any great numbers for a very long time. No man can avail himself of the forces of his creative imagination, while dissipating them. Man is the only creature on earth which violates Nature’s purpose in this concern. Every other animal indulges its sex in moderation, and with purpose which harmonizes with the laws of nature. Every other animal responds to the call of sex only in “season.” Man’s inclination is to declare “open season.”
Everything In Moderation
Every intelligent person knows that stimulation in excess, through drinking alcohol and using drugs, is a form of abuse which destroys the vital organs of the body, including the brain. Not every person knows, however, that overindulgence in sexual expression may become a habit as destructive and as detrimental to creative effort as drugs or alcohol.
A sex-crazed man is not essentially different than a drug-crazed man! Both have lost control over their faculties of reason and will-power. Sexual overindulgence may not only destroy reason and will-power, but it may also lead to either temporary or permanent insanity. Many cases of hypochondria (imaginary illness) grow out of habits developed in ignorance of the true function of sex.
From these brief references to the subject, it may be readily seen that ignorance on the subject of sex transmutation, forces very significant penalties on the ignorant on the one hand, and withholds from them equally significant benefits on the other.
Understanding the Power
What we can take away here is that Napoleon Hill is not saying that sex is a bad thing, but that, like any false stimulation, it can be a harmful thing if left unchecked and unbalanced. Ignorance in sex transmutation is as harmful as ignorance in any other respect. The point is to understand the power and how to use it to your benefit, not to go to extremes one way or the other.
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