Entice

Entice: to attract by offering a hope of reward or pleasure —Webster’s New World Dictionary

Enticement never asks permission before invading your space, trespassing upon your awareness, breaking your concentration; stomping by your window waving a flamboyant dare to ignore it as an act of the will.

It differs from temptation. Temptation is just another after-market deal compared to this beastie. Temptation says simply, here is the product (caveat emptor) and the suggested retail price, open of course to terms. It’s a five senses thing, I see it, I want it (or not), I buy it (or not). Any animal can be tempted.

Enticement presents as the royal precursor to opportunity. It is not of the senses though it may come by the senses. Enticement spins its web in the day room of the imagination. Nothing can soar to the heights of desire like imagination —beauty possessed, virtue captured, whim of delight at your beck and call. But imagination can’t produce the objective reality around which temptation coils. Enticement does have, however, in its DNA string a hope factor. It seizes upon a linchpin, some small handle, i.e. quasi-fault embedded in the subject, and necessarily within reach of the mesmerized psyche to open the door to possibilities.

Some examples; Have you ever wondered why models and movie stars of years past would paste a dark colored “beauty mark” on their face in plain view of everyone? Have you ever considered the power of the wink as a linchpin of hope? Why is it that the most provocative of cultural icons are the ones with an enhanced irregularity, notably of the eyes or mouth?

Forgive a very crude and barely applicable analogy, but a while back I was shopping for a new appliance, top of the line, latest model, and current rage. What I discovered was I simply could not afford that appliance. Oh, well. Then I saw the dent in the side of it. That dent made all the difference. Hope sprang to life and – salesman! oh salesman!

…the prince of this world cometh, but he has nothing in me. (Jesus – Jn 14:30)