John Augustine 's Confessions By Saint Augustine

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In his autobiography Confessions, Saint Augustine tells the story of the day he walked to give a speech of undeserved praise towards emperor, and on the way Augustine spots a drunken beggar asking for change that would ultimately help shape Augustine’s views of true happiness and life fulfillment. Saint Augustine made the realization that just as the beggar perceived themselves fulfilled by alcohol, he himself tried to find to find fulfillment through others looking highly upon him and praising him. However, much like the pleasure the beggar received from consuming alcohol, the pleasure Augustine found through others gratification was only temporal. Augustine theorized that the true fulfillment that he seeks can only come from living a life deemed worthy by God. This idea opposes the Grecian ideals found in Homer’s The Odyssey . For the Greeks, a person strived to make a name for themselves for the sake of eternal glory. In essence, it was solely for self-pride that the Grecian warrior performed heroic deeds. They attributed their skill to themselves, almost trying to become equal to the gods they worshiped. This encounter with the beggar helped transform Augustine’s view, causing him to stray away from performing deed solely for Earthly recognition, but instead make an eternal name for himself in the light of God. In his opening remarks with the beggar, Augustine notes “I was all hot for honours, money, marriage: and You made mock of my hotness” (Augustine 101). In

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