If you’ve followed along at all up to this point you might be asking…”Why are you writing about the 7 deadly sins? You just said you were going to focus on your virtues! And, now you’re gonna dig into the roots of human vice???”
First of all, that’s a really long question. Maybe my hypothetical reader should consider being more concise.
Second, to answer, think of it as reverse psychology for myself. I tend to look at the root of my issues. It’s something I’ve learned working a program in sobriety. It works really well for me if I’m working it. If I’m not, well….
I realized after my break, that I needed to have a good transition into my virtues from my vices. So, why not start by finding the good side of the “root” of all vices?
I say “root” because I’m not a catholic. I don’t believe the 7 deadly sins hold as much weight as one who is of this particular religious faith might. However, I do believe there is great wisdom in staying aware of these “sins” in my everyday life. They are the traits that, if not kept in check, seem to cause me the most pain and hardship.
Now, onto an apology for my short time away. I took a short break from writing this daily blog because I was overwhelmed with everything I had going on. I let my time become unmanageable, and this was the easiest thing to cut out in order to have some more breathing room.
It went like this:
- First Day – Well I’ll double up tomorrow
- Second Day – I’m just coast this one out for a couple more days, no one seems to notice.
- Third Day – Yeah….this is pretty nice not having to do that every day.
- Fourth Day – Meh, it’s worthless—How can I ever catch up at this point???!!! I should probably just give up and stop the experiment. It was a good run, but I just couldn’t do it everyday.
- Fifth Day – This is bullshit. I’m not gonna not do this…should I change the rules?
- Sixth Day – Uhhhh…if you’re gonna write something why don’t you just go ahead and do it.
- Seventh Day – God, it’s been seven days…that’s a lot of catching up to do…God…seven…virtues…SEVEN DEADLY SINS!!!…but how will I make that work?
So, I decided to find the good in the bad…the root of the bad…and turn the 7 deadly sins on their heads. Let me end this entry, and begin this series with this definition of sin from the Urban Dictionary:
“The Greek biblical word for sin, “amartia”, means literally “to miss the mark”, like an archer. Sin is not necessarily defined by moral wrongness, by transgressing some set of rules, but is instead doing anything that takes our focus off God (the target), onto ourselves, thinking we are the be-all-and-end-all.
“Sin is nothing else than to neglect eternal things, and seek after temporal things” — St. Augustine”