Can a seductress seduce a faithful man?
There is confusion IMO over what an "influence" is, and what an influence does. An influence (which is a noun) in the general sense, attempts to influence (which is a verb). But does not always succeed.
If a man is tempted by a seductress, and remains faithful, then how could this potential "influence" be said to have influenced his decision at all? I cannot see that it has. It may have influenced his thought processes, but did not influence the final decision.
Rather some other influence, like loyalty to his wife was the actual thing that "influenced" in the verb sense, his decision.
I think this is important because understanding this helps to picture how our decisions are always a result influences. And we do not control those influences, thus our decisions are not "free".
Edited to add:
An influence in the general sense(noun) is something that has the potential to influence a decision (in the verb sense). But "influences" do not always influence.
Last edited by complexdeath; 01-14-13 at 02:17 AM.