Michtav Mi’Eliyahu, Mesillas Yesharim and many other Torah seforim discuss different spiritual levels.
A ramification of this idea is that different people will be effected by different degrees to various activities such as going to a busy beach, watching TV, or walking through parts of Manhattan. Some people will avoid these activities and some are comfortable with them. In my neighborhood, certain respected Rabbi’s will not enter a mixed gender Kiddush. Many people feel that going to a secular college will be detrimental to their children’s spiritual growth.
What examples have you seen of people on different levels following different practices?
Have you experienced any changes in the things and places you avoid as you’ve grown spiritually?
Have you met or read writings of people who don’t seem to believe that different people are effected spiritually by different situations?