Ascetism http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=asceticism "Asceticism (from the Greek: ἄσκησις, áskēsis, "exercise" or "training" in the sense of athletic training) describes a lifestyle characterized by the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals." "Those who practice ascetic lifestyles do not consider their practices virtuous in themselves but pursue such a lifestyle in order to encourage, or "prepare the ground" for, mind-body transformation." - quoted from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asceticism) To paraphrase the Bible, "What shall it profit a man who gains the whole world and loses his soul?" My related question: What worldly traditions/practices or objects of the modern world do you intuitively (i.e. by your gut feelings or instincts) stay away from as a means to stay holy? I'd like to know what things do you think everyone should cut themselves off from, that may not be explicitly stated or singled out in your religion because they are "new"? e.g. horror flicks (keeping evil out of your sight), etc.