I see masturbation as a way to avoid burning (keeps one from fornication and whores).
I agree, with a couple of reservations. And I’d add that masturbation also attenuates the sort of crazy that causes individual mass shootings of the sort we saw at Virginia Tech. Our biology is primed to force high-risk behavior in sexless Gammas and Omegas because in Darwinian morality any behavioral outcome is preferable to grinding celibacy and slavery. The hindbrain doesn’t care that such things are incompatible with advanced civilization…what use is such a construct to an atomized individual who isn’t obeying the prime directive? So pragmatically speaking, masturbation is often the lesser of many evils available to incels, which means approximately 80% of modern men at any given time.
But this is purely the pragmatic perspective of a man who’s trying to get by as best as possible in a broken world governed by Satan and the Matthew principle. Does it prevent one from burning? The answer is no, obviously, and we understand this on a deeper level than cognition.
When something is wrong, someone is harmed. This hypothesis derives from the theory of dyadic morality, which suggests a moral cognitive template of wrongdoing agent and suffering patient (i.e., victim). This dyadic template means that victimless wrongs (e.g., masturbation) are psychologically incomplete, compelling the mind to perceive victims even when they are objectively absent. Five studies reveal that dyadic completion occurs automatically and implicitly: Ostensibly harmless wrongs are perceived to have victims (Study 1), activate concepts of harm (Studies 2 and 3), and increase perceptions of suffering (Studies 4 and 5). These results suggest that perceiving harm in immorality is intuitive and does not require effortful rationalization. This interpretation argues against both standard interpretations of moral dumbfounding and domain-specific theories of morality that assume the psychological existence of harmless wrongs. Dyadic completion also suggests that moral dilemmas in which wrongness (deontology) and harm (utilitarianism) conflict are unrepresentative of typical moral cognition.
Just as emission is the “little death”, so masturbation is the little suicide. Masturbation is not a victimless crime because suicide is a crime against God. The only way out of this mess is to “die” for others, i.e. emission for the purpose of creating new life.
My release from the addiction to masturbation must be understood as a small miracle, and I’m not advising a radical Nofap for everybody, anymore than I’d advise a lifestyle dedicated to perfect cleanliness (being dirty is also a sin). Both of these prescriptions would be neurotic and result in greater evils than the ones we’d be trying to avoid. Christianity isn’t a license to be stupid and ignore reality—if that’s what you’re into, try Gnosticism. This is why it’s so important that we don’t try to earn our salvation with righteousness.