This red topic came to light in my thoughts after a self-described Christian described a conspiracy theory one night. The theory, about halfway through, mentioned something about lust, good vs. bad, heaven and hell. Immediately my brain started paying attention again. This triggered my emotions deeply. Is lust bad? Are any of the “deadly sins” actually bad? For us, or the people around us? Let’s dive into this one sin by one.
Lust: A natural human desire, created in our bodies, designed for humans to procreate. Without lust, there would be no desire to expand our community. While, we may mate as other animals do; humans were lucky enough to be gifted with pleasure. So why is this considered sinning?
Gluttony: Sure, some of us may over eat, indulge, or satisfy a craving. But is craving food bad? Is letting yourself taste what you desire truly a negative action? Yes, it may result in being overweight and unhealthy if taken advantage of. But who the fuck are you to judge another person for what they eat?
Greed: What I also like to call motivation, inspiration, drive, being a boss, the list goes on. Greed drives us to work harder for what we want. If we didn’t have greed, we would all be contently satisfied with a boring, dull life. Enough said.
Sloth: The avoidance of physical or spiritual work. I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling a bit sloth-like, I’m probably depressed on some level or incredibly overwhelmed with the amount of things going on in my life. It’s healthy to take a break, or a lazy day when needed. But relaxing on the couch day in and day out, with no goals, hobbies, or work… that may be a problem.
Wrath: An emotion. Another natural human emotion stemming from birth. If I met a person who was happy and content with themselves, their lives, and the actions/people around them all of the time – I would not be okay with that. Being angry is a natural state. If we didn’t know what anger was and learn what is appropriate to act on, and what isn’t, there would be no knowledge of what life felt like when we weren’t angry.
Envy: Compared yourself to others can easily contribute to bringing yourself down, and fast. But that’s not to say, that being envious of others can’ drive, motivate, or inspire you to be a better person. To be your best self, go after what you want, take slivers of what you like that another person has and apply it to your life. Envy, spite, and vengeance has been some of my biggest motivators. You may or may not realize it, but it’s probably one of yours too.
Pride: Last but not least. What is pride? Being proud. Since when is being proud of your accomplishments, assets, yourself, your goals, work ethic, hobbies, lifestyle – a bad thing? I sure as hell have a lot of pride. Let me tell you, being proud of myself and my life has also strengthened me to grow into a better person. It has also driven me, amongst many of these other devastatingly deadly sins.
Conclusion: In my opinion, these ‘sins’ are only deadly if they affect yourself or another person negatively. As long as you are happy, content, and live a satisfying life you love, you do you boo.
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