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As a general rule human beings want their lives to have harmony and little conflict In order to accomplish this many attempt to align their personal philosophy with a widely accepted philosophy For many years of his life Saint Augustine tried to do just that He knew what he felt and thought but was not quite sure how to express it until his conversion to Christianity In the first part of the autobiographical book Confessions Augustine reveals what his life was like before his conversion In his examinations of other faiths and membership in at least one he didnt feel completely feel satisfied with what they offered He continued to search for a religion that embraced what he needed and desired a way to control his will Augustines concept and ability to manage his will played a very important role in what faith he finally adopted as his own As an adolescent Augustine fell into a similar trap as many others at the same age he desperately wanted to be loved He said The single desire that dominated my search for delight was simply to love and be loved 24 However his trouble was not that he wanted to be loved it was that he didnt understand what love is The bubbling impulses of puberty befogged and obscured my heart so that it could not see the difference between loves serenity and lusts darkness 24 is how he described his confusion of love and lust This misunderstanding led Augustine to a life where lust and its carnal impulses controlled his will While only sixteen years of age he had multiple sexual relationships His parents did little to stop him and his father was proud of his sons virility Augustine described Patricks his father reaction in writing he was overjoyed to suppose that he would now be having grandchildren 27 Not only was Augustines will effected by sexual desire but also by his wills
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