Tractor beams, as often described in science-fiction stories, are beams of energy used to either move objects, such as spaceships, or hold them stationary. They are typically pulling a spaceship back into peril, preventing it from escape. It’s symbolic for immobilized freedom. When we indulge in food or spirit, gossip or idleness, we often do so at the expense of ignoring our reasoned choice. Indulgence is a powerful force we allow ourselves to be distracted by, typically for the purpose of enjoyment. Enjoying a nice meal or a good spirit is fine in moderation, however, our bodies are processing the food all the same regardless of its expense. Enjoying gossip to share a laugh at someone else’s expense may feel good in the moment, but it’s an excuse and distraction from our own accountability. Disguising over-indulgence in idleness as relaxation is also an excuse. Indulgence is the tractor beam of progress.