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Seven Deadly Sin: Envy

Green with Envy Like greed and lust, Envy (Latin, invidia) is characterized by an insatiable desire. Envy is similar to jealousy in that they both feel discontent towards someone’s traits, status, abilities, or rewards. The difference is the envious also desire that entity and covet it. Judaism and Christianity: Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically "Neither shall you desire... anything that belongs to your neighbor". Dante defined this as "a desire to deprive other men of theirs." In Dante's Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low. Aquinas described envy as "sorrow for another's good". Envy is known as one of the most powerful human emotions for its ability to control one as if envy was an entity in itself. Countless men and women have fallen victim to brief periods of intense envy followed by anger whi…

Seven Deadly Sin: Lust

LUST Lust or lechery (carnal "luxuria") is an emotion or feeling of intense desire in the body. It is usually thought of as excessive sexual wants, however the word was originally a general term for desire. Lust can take any form such as the lust for knowledge, the lust for sex or the lust for power. Therefore lust could involve the intense desire of money, fame, or power as well. Lust is a powerful psychological force producing intense wanting for an object, or circumstance fulfilling the emotion. Many religions separate the definition of passion and lust by further categorizing lust as type of passion for something that does not belong to oneself.

A more widely accepted account of their origin, they are descendants of Ixion, the son of Ares, God of War and King of the Lapiths, a people who lived in Thessaly, Northern Greece. Ixion fell in love with Hera, the wife of Zeus (bad move). Recklessly, Ixion arranged to meet with Hera, planning to seduce her. Zeus heard of…

Seven Deadly Sin: Gluttony

Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony (Latin, gula) is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. In Christian religions, it is considered a sin because of the excessive desire for food, and its withholding from the needy. Because of these scripts, gluttony can be interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one's own interests above the well-being or interests of others.
Medieval church leaders like Thomas Aquinas took a more expansive view of gluttony, arguing that it could also include an obsessive anticipation of meals, and the constant eating of delicacies and excessively costly foods. Gluttony seems to be a sin that Modern Christians like to ignore. We are often quick to label smoking and drinking as sins, but for some reason gluttony is accepted or at least tolerated. Many of the arguments used against smoking and drinking, such as health and addiction, apply equally to overeating. Many b…

Seven Deadly Sin: Greed

Logo, a channel dedicate more or less to GLBT community, is having a Seven deadly sin theme. This got me think of the great sins. So I'm starting with Greed.

Greed Greed (Latin, avaritia) also known as avarice is a sin of excess. Greed is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one's self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort. It is applied to a markedly high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.  However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions. Thomas Aquinas wrote "Greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things." In Dante's Purgatory, the penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts. Avarice is more of a blanket term that can describe many oth…