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Augustines Confession Augustine on his own view stole the fruit for the mere enjoyment of the sin and theft that the stealing involved He says in II4 Behold now let my heart tell you what it looked for there that I should be evil without purpose and there should be no cause for my evil but evil itself Foul was the evil and I loved it Augustine knew that what he was doing at the time of the crime but he did not care to think about the outcome of his actions Augustine only cared that the deed which he participated in was indeed forbidden Himself and his companions stole the fruit even if they had more desirable fruit to eat at their own homes Augustine states this in his Confessions II4 that For I stole a thing of which I had plenty of my own and much better quality Nor did I wish to enjoy the thing which I desired to gain by theft but rather to enjoy the actual theft and sin of theft The mere thrill of the theft and sin was more desirable than the fruit which they stole The fruit was sought as an opportunity to be deceitful and to gain self enjoyment from it Augustine however realizes that the theft that he committed for the enjoyment of the sin of the crime was indeed unlawful He thinks of why couldnt he have received enjoyment by committing a more lawful act In Augustines Confessions II6 He states O rottenness O monstrous life and deepest death Could a thing give pleasure which could not be done lawfully and which was done for no other reason because it was unlawful This shows that Augustine is starting to think about his actions At the time of the act he was thinking of how much
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