Yesterday they had their series about the seven deadly sins on. It wasn't one of their best documentries but it more or less held my interest for about the two hours I sat and watched it. The effects were pretty fun to watch and it did bring forth some points.
It also made me think. Do these "seven deadly sins" still apply to us today? These days with neurology being the way it is we can be told this is hardwired into our brains. Which makes sense because we're humans! We have it hard wired into our brains and bodies to feel emotions and the need to reproduce. If we didn't feel the need to reproduce to carry on the genes the human race would've been wiped out a long, long time ago.
Alright, I'll bite. Let's dive on into this....
For the record I don't believe there's a Hell in the center of the Earth where some dude with a pitchfork and horns is ready to torment us for every wrong doing. I don't believe there's a physical Hell at all. I do believe there is real evil on this earth be it in human or spirit form.
The levels of Hell let alone the vision of Hell were pretty much inspired by Dante. This whole "if you commit this sin then this'll happen to you in such and such a layer of Hell" is all Dante. Yeah, one man's writing pretty much terrorized us all as children.
Some say just by thinking or even doing these "deadly sins" we're all going to go to hell. Hell must be bursting at the seams then.Anger:
Again, this is a human emotion. Let's face it, we're going to get mad, it's a fact of life. Expressing emotion is actually healthy for the person. It's not good to keep it bottled up inside. Holding onto that anger and letting it fester into a hatrid is not good
. That type of hatrid rots one's soul out.
Emotions are neither right nor wrong, they simply are. They're either pleasant or unpleasant and that's it.Gluttony:
Why, oh, why does this only mean eating too much? They say that we become gluttonous because we were weaned improperly as children. I'm not going to touch that one...I'm not going to touch that one...
Eating is not a sin! A person needs to eat to stay alive.
Humans receive more pleasure from eating than much of anything else. It's hard wired into our brains from times of great famine where people over ate in order to keep going.
But again, why is it only eating? What about hoarding? That could be considered gluttony and yet it can be diagnosed as a legitimate medical condition.Greed:
The desire of material wealth and gain. I suppose in a way this one can go hand-in-hand with gluttony and hoarding.
Other than that I've got nothin'.Lust:
This is something that's also hard wired into us in a way. Many of us humans have the urge to reproduce. In some cultures the idea of lust was not something to be shunned but rather something to be celebrated. A few of the early, early Christian churches celebrated this. The groups were eliminated by stronger and more powerful folks that didn't like them.Envy:
Ah, the one no one
wants to admit to. We often will say "jealous" or something along those lines.
By the trusty Thorndike-Barnhart Comprehensive Desk Dictionary
I bring forth the definitions of "envy" and "jealousy."Envy:
"Discontent or ill will at another's good fortune because one wishes it had been his."Jealousy:
"Fearful that a person one loves may love someoe else better or may prefer someone else."
It can also be used to describe a weaker form of envy.Sloth:
Sloth lately as also been described as "depression." The puritans really had a way of dealing with sloth until the puritan's leader started showing the signs then things got changed.Pride:
To feel pride in one's self isn't unhealthy. It can actually be quite benificial.
When it becomes extreme one's got a problem. When one is in love with themselves then there's a problem.
When I started writing this I didn't exactly have any certain thoughts in my head so I started scribbling out notes. It's still scribbled, but yeah, it's there.