The 2K11 24/7 CLXXXIII: The Seven Deadly Sins Series — GLUTTONY

Let’s end this series on a SLIGHTLY lighter note. This weekend, across North America, it’s a long weekend. (It won’t happen again until 2016, so enjoy it while you can!) And with a long weekend comes the parties, the barbecues and going away on the weekend trips. Good times. And what will there be lots of at all these events? Food. Drink. Things to consume, and not in any small quantity! Racks of ribs. Coolers full of beer! Burgers upon burgers upon heaps of BURGERS! It will be GLORIOUS!!!

But wait.

The 2K11 24/7 CLXXXII: The Seven Deadly Sins Series — ENVY

Pop Quiz: What’s the difference between jealousy and envy?

Most people who I’ve asked this to were quick to tell me that there IS no difference — they’re synonyms. Please allow me to be the first person to inform you of being incorrect.

The 2K11 24/7 CLXXXI: The Seven Deadly Sins Series — LUST

Sex and money — two of a handful of things that govern just about any
decision we make daily. And with such power, such INFLUENCE, this
simple truth makes lust of the most VOLATILE and DANGEROUS of the
Seven Deadly Sins.

The 2K11 24/7 CLXXX: The Seven Deadly Sins Series — PRIDE

It’s good to be proud. Proud of your accomplishments, of the people you care about, your lifestyle — there are many things in which we can put our pride and still have it be expressed in a healthy way; but left unchecked, pride tends to become overgrown, twisting and turning into a perverse version of what it once was.
 
How many problems have arisen in the world because a leader was too PROUD to admit their mistakes? How many fractured relationships were never repaired because the people involved were too PROUD to put their differences aside and discuss the issue? Or the ever-classic scenario of those who are too PROUD to accept the help of others, letting negative situations continue for far longer than they need to.
 
The difference between the first set of examples and the second is that the first are examples of pride that don’t hurt anybody. Hurting others (or ourselves) with pride is rarely an intentional thing — our pride is an output based on numerous factors that determine who we are as people. It’s based on preferences, morals, paradigms and experiences. Thus, it’s difficult to really get a concrete image of what price is and how it works.
 
So what makes the difference between healthy pride and harmful pride?

The 2K11 24/7 CLXXIX: The Seven Deadly Sins Series — GREED

We want. The more we have, the more we want. The less we have, the more we want. On good days, on bad, when glad, when sad, we want, we want, we want.

But through the history of humankind — and moreso in a world where we’ve become so obsessed with the idea of owning as many material possessions as possible — there has always been those with more and those with less, with those having less always wanting to be more like those with more, and rarely the other way around.

Greed is the main driver behind just about every way in our species’ history. It’s a driver for violent crime, the sole thing that separates wealth and poverty — it is a defining factor of the world around us today.