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“The Great Eighth Sin”

One of the most common questions I receive is how I came up with my username, and if it means anything special. Truthfully, it does, and is something I do hold closely and believe in. No, you’re not going to Hell just because you commit against the “eighth sin”. That’s just silly since Hell doesn’t exist. Instead, it is a form of personal philosophy that derives from the philosophical and ethical value of the seven deadly sins.

Just like the three little pigs teaches us to always out smart our opponents until they eventually give up, so to does the bible actually hold stories that contain morals for us to use. Though the “seven deadly sins” do not carry moral all by themselves, once analyzed they can contain an ideology that when we commit against the “sins”, we not only harm ourselves, but those around you.

Wrath – It’s not hard to see the connection on how wrath is not only both destructive to yourself, but another person. If your anger is left unchecked, it can lead to a confrontation that can easily become violent. Many times, this violence is not only aimed at the other person, but also at your own frustrations and lack of patience.

Pride – Pride is a strong emotion. It can leave you feeling better than others. If you let this feeling run rampant, you can bet that you will anger others and inevitably lead to wrathful intentions of both parties. Pride can also cloud your mind and make you not see the forest from the trees.

Envy – Jealousy can be dangerous. You can be envious of almost anything in this world. If someone has something that you don’t, no matter what it is, and you want that, it can lead to you stealing or breaking off in confrontations.

Sloth – Sloth can be troublesome. Not only are you not working as hard as others and endangering your health doing so, but others can become envious of how little you’re working compared to them, and we know where envy can lead to.

Gluttony – Being gluttonous isn’t such a bad thing in western society. Generally there’s plenty of food to go around, but if your household is unable to afford groceries, gluttony can be very troublesome. You can eat your household out and leave nothing for others. Other people can then become envious of how much you’re engorging yourself, and since gluttony is often coupled with sloth, you can only imagine how frustrating it can be.

Greed – As the great Capt. Jack Sparrow said, “not all treasures are silver and gold, mate”. Greed comes in so many forms. You can not only become greedy for things like money, but you can also become greedy for things like acceptance, love, and even physical objects like video games, or time on the computer. Greed is very self destructive and is also very destructive to those around you. Especially if those around you are less fortunate.

Lust – In my opinion, lust really isn’t that bad until it is left to become an unhealthy mental obsession. Lust can get to breaking points of rape, or to the point where you’re driving someone who you have a strong attraction for into frustration. General attraction is obviously fine, but don’t get pushy, greedy, or envious.

So now that we’ve covered the “seven deadly sins” and have a better understanding, you’re probably wondering what the “great eighth sin” is. Well, growing up, I found people abusing every “sin” mentioned above, yet didn’t care. I even lived in a household where each “sin” was broken by one girl every single day. I soon found that people not only didn’t care that they were harming others, but were in complete denial that they were harming others. To deny that you are harming not only yourself, but others around you is truly something that can leave everyone infuriated, and to be in this environment is to be surrounded by a literal hell, especially when those people are supposed to love you. This is why not only the “seven deadly sins”, but the “eighth sin” has been adopted into my personal philosophy.

I also throw in a bonus from above. I have also encountered the “ninth sin”. The girl I mentioned above is proof that the “ninth sin” is very troublesome and dangerous, too. After confronting her, I finally got her to stop denying that her actions were affecting others, but once she finally understood, she ended up not caring at all. She became very apathetic to what she was doing and how it was literally destroying her entire household. I soon left that house and gave up everything I was working towards.


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