There are rules of legal conduct and there are rules of pious conduct. A person who is fit for such is called upon to adopt pious conduct. Pious abstinence is not for everybody, but those who are able to behave in such a manner uplift everybody else.
“Who is the truly valorous individual? The one who conquers his base instincts.” Pious abstinence consists of three main ingredients: abstinence in the realm of pleasures, abstinence in the realm of laws, and abstinence in the realm of conduct.