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A LIVELY NEW SIN FOR A TIRED OLD WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

October 4, 2018

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I did a some quick, shallow research on the original seven big ones, known lovingly as “the seven deadly sins.” Here is a quick reminder for those who didn’t do Dante, or who have (conveniently?) forgotten:


Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride.

The original sins are more than words. They are concepts.

Starting from the top, we find Lust.

Lust isn’t really about sex, indiscriminate or otherwise. Or doing it with people to whom you aren’t married. Or with sheep, for that matter. Lust is not just for horny teenagers, starlets, or white-collar men having a midlife crisis.

Lust is an intense, possibly obsessive desire. Narcissism falls under the category of lust. Lust can involve the intense, overpowering desire for money, food, fame, power, or sex. I’m sure there are more, too.

In Dante’s Purgatorio, the penitent walks in flames to purge himself of lustful thoughts and feelings…

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2 Comments
  1. Thank you. You know, it’s a LOT easier to remember the seven deadlies than the ten commandments? Why is that?

  2. They are simply put in one word description, which of themselves, each are evocative. Single word pictures. Much easier to remember. The thou shalt nots, are diluted by the time you get the the subject…

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