moderation

Moderation In All Things

The Last Virtue “Moderation in all things, especially moderation,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the deepest thinkers of the 19th century and as we close this month of conversation on the seven deadly sins and the counterpart virtues his words seemed most apt. This week, the Jamaican proverb that concludes the conversation we have had for the past month on the seven deadly sins and counteracting virtues goes like this: Nyam some, lef some. The translation and how this proverb relates to the last virtue – Temperance – or

lust

Lust: The Last Sin

Along With Gluttony Lust is defined as a “very strong sexual desire.” The conversations this month have focused on the seven deadly sins and virtues. We have covered all but two of sins – lust and gluttony. The order was not intentional. Contributors decided how they wished to take part in the month-long conversation and they left this one to me. Wonder why? While we normally associate gluttony with food and in some cases material things, lust is a natural partner for the purposes of concluding our conversation on sins.

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7 Sins, 7 Virtues: Relevant Or Not?

Yes, No? In the 1995 crime drama, Se7en, directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey, two detectives hunt a serial killer who commits murders based on the seven deadly sins—pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. As the movie evolves, the detectives find themselves becoming part of the plan, playing into the serial killer’s design in a way that both eludes and disturbs them. And as Brad Pitt’s character—David Mills— with all his virtues comes face-to-face with killer “John Doe,” Doe justifies his

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Due Diligence: What Is It Spiritually?

Contrary Virtue: In order to understand diligence, it is important to first know that it is a contrary virtue. It is the virtue to use to stave off the sin of Sloth. We all have areas where we are probably more prone to sloth in our lives and it seems like the biggest effort to be diligent instead. I know it is hard but this is one of the Seven Virtues so no one said it would be easy. Diligence is in its nature one of the more tedious of

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Waiting On Bread And Butter?

Love It! Bread, did you say bread? There is nothing better to me than waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread! Yes, I love bread so much that years ago one of my most expensive purchases for my kitchen was a bread maker. Of course I am fully aware of the amount of calories and carbohydrates are loaded in my well buttered chunk of delight. Who cares! My love of bread started very early in my life. On my island home of Jamaica, the love of bread is

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Things Will Fall Apart

Let Them My first reading of the book left me with a headache and swollen eyes but I just could not put it down. Since then, I have read it a couple more times. According to Wikipedia, “Things Fall Apart is a post-colonial novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe in 1958. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim.” The country of my birth is Jamaica and the trajectory of my journey so far is different in

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A Muslim Woman On Sin

Our Contributor’s Perspective The concept of forbidden acts or sins is inherent and built into most religions of the modern or ancient civilized world. The foundation of these sins or forbidden acts is laid out in social or moral principles. Many of them are common to most religions, especially the ones on social welfare and mutual coexistence of humans in a society (like lust, greed etc).  The aim of this post is to highlight any similarities between the seven deadly sins in Christianity and Islam. For new readers of this

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Working Through Wrath

It Is A Sin When it comes to talking about Wrath, I believe there are many misconceptions. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines Wrath as “1: strong vengeful anger or indignation OR 2: retributory punishment for an offense or a crime: divine chastisement.” It is not just anger nor is it something that should be felt often. Wrath is a word resigned for the strongest of anger and in the worst of circumstances. Yet it is common enough to be included in one of the Seven Deadly Sins. As a person who strongly