2 years ago
Vanity is another source of complexification. We try to make ourselves more beautiful or more attractive by adorning ourselves with ornaments. These make us look superficially more attractive, but they are complex (how long does the average woman take to put on make up?).
Whether our vanity impels us to decorate ourselves. or to create monuments to ourselves, or whatever form it takes, it will make our lives more complex. The simple life keeps our vanity in check. It gives us sobriety. The kind of sobriety that comes with self-restraint.
Most people think the self is a great thing. In fact, it is usually an out of control monster that will twist our lives if we do not hold it in check with great self-restraint. It is the source of our vanity.