“There’s a constant struggle inside each and every one of us. Part of us strives for high things. Good things. Another part of us is tempted by low things. Vulgar things. It’s as if there are two cities within us – a city of love and a city of lust.
People oscillate between the two cities their whole lives because it is not easy to live purely in the city of love. It is, however, very easy to reside purely in the city of lust. And I’m not only referring to sex. There is more to lust than that.”
Reinhardt paused for a moment and looked at the pigeon on the lamppost. He quickly realized it was not a pigeon at all, but a dove. He watched it take off from the lamppost and flap away past the buildings around the corner. He smiled and decided to wrap up the conversation.
“I want you to live in the right city. Don’t become a slave to earthly desires. Focus on higher things. Find your purpose in life. Be your true self. You asked God to put you here for a reason. Discover what that reason is. And if and when you step into the city of lust – because you will from time to time – acknowledge your misstep.
Be repentant. Learn from the experience and work to return to the city of love – to your true purpose; your real self. Do you understand?”