Well, I did take a look at the source in which the paragraph was found, to see further reasoning or justification for that view, so it's not like I took it right off the bat. Furthermore, yeah, of course it's the answer I was looking for; it's the one that seemed most reasonable. If someone had said, as you suggested, "Yes, you are absolutely breaking that precept," of course my response would have been different. Statements of different extremes evoke different reactions. I probably would have said something like, "Jesus Christ, that's strict. Well, I don't want to be the office weirdo, so I guess I'll have to put that on hold until I become a monk, if ever. But maybe I can work on cutting back a bit more." But the fact that even one person has this opinion--a monk, no less--to me, is enough license not to feel that, for instance, I'm doing something immoral. If other monks hold different views, I'd be curious to hear their arguments as well. It's not like I requested that the thread be locked lol.