SINS: ARE THEY REAL OR ARE THEY DEEPER INSIGHTS INTO WHO WE ARE

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“A look into yourself.”


Most of us are familiar with the seven deadly sins. The cardinal sins that would most definitely banish man to hell. They are pride, lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, envy, and wrath. And at least once in our lives we have come across one of these sins, if not all of the sins. But what I want to know regarding these sins is are they real, or just deeper insights into man. Was there something man knew about ourselves in the past, that is only being magnified in the world today? Because life was quite local in the days of early Christianity. So how did man know so much about us? But human nature is a universal characteristic. How do these sins tell us who we really are in life?

In the case pride, one carries an excessive sense of accomplishment. They are quite boastful in what they have achieved, almost to an intoxicating level. They Related imagenot only have to let others know, but they also have to accumulate tangibles as a means of showing themselves off to the world as well. But, don’t we all have some form of pride? Pride is the satisfaction you get out of winning a race. Pride is the fulfillment you get when you lose weight. And pride is the gratification you get when receiving a gift from someone close to you. So why is pride such a cardinal sin? Because pride is only a problem when it takes over your life. Or, it becomes a sin the moment you have allowed your pride to turn into hubris.

Well, what about lust; lusting is a sin. But how much lust is bad and how much lust is good. See, I lust, but to what degree makes it a sin? Is this lust going to lead down a road that will hurt me in the end? Or is the lust the yearning and wanting I get from seeing a box of chocolates. You see, lust is yet another Related imageambiguous sin that only becomes problematic once it grips you where you can’t shake it loose. Lusting over strawberries is different than lusting over a woman I might see on a job. Because those strawberries will satisfy my hunger pains and keep me until I consume a meal. That women might get me fired if it goes too far.

Next comes greed, which is the need to want something in excess where it leads to selfishness and control. Well is it wrong; once again, it’s all in context. Wanting to make a lot of money to leave for your descendants so they are not thrown into Image result for greedpoverty is greed. Why because you are taking more than you need. Yet, is it really sin if you are trying to protect family. Difficult to say considering money is a tough topic. Anyone that makes a lot of money, yet reworks their portfolio to make more can be seen as greedy. But true greed is taking more than you need for the sake of having. There is no use for it, you just don’t want anyone else to have it.

Then there is envy; which is the longing to have something that someone else possesses. Yet another sin that can be both bad and good. For example, I grew up in a poor household. I often wanted the lives of friends I had went to school with as an adolescent. But in the bible that can be seen as sin. Or is it really a sin? I Image result for envydidn’t wish to be them, just had a desire to have more than barely surviving. And that is the difference between the good envy and bad envy. Sinful envy is you have it, I want it, I’m going to get it if I have to take it from you. There is nothing wrong with seeing someone with something you want and don’t have; it’s human nature. Yet, there are limits to how far you can go before it’s a sin.

So let’s continue on down to sloth. The lazy and the indolent. Those who sit back and want everyone else to do their dirty work without putting in an effort. They let themselves go by the waist side. From their home life to their outer appearance; Related imagenothing is kept together. Then there is the good sloth which is, being tired. You work all day and sometimes don’t want to clean or move. You are not of sin because you have a legitimate reason for not getting up and making a move. But this is what we describe as taking a load off. Resting until you get up to make moves, which is sloth on a low level. Sloth on a high level is trouncing around in filth; almost in comparison to a pig.

Image result for gluttonAnd of course we all know gluttony. The overindulgence in eating, almost to the point it will cause you to develop an ailment. There is a difference between eating to live and eating just to eat. Eating to eat leads to health problems; while eating to live keeps you in line with having good health. And of course from time to time you indulge, yet you never veer off course too much. So as to not be led too far astray where you have hit the point of no return.

 

And last but not least, wrath, which is that strong wanting to punish someone. That inner hurt you feel that someone else must feel in the moment. Now wrath is tricky because is there ever a time to want to dole out punishment without sin? And the answer is yes. In the case of being a parent, the wrath is often brought down and is justified. Not only in biblical text, but even among non-denominational people. But when you want someone to feel pain because of your Image result for wrath sinown internal struggles, then you become the true face that is wrath. See, in the end, all seven sins not only are of biblical context, but they say something about us all. Interestingly enough, you can’t go through life without having one or more seven sin qualities. But it’s not having these sins, but more so an excessive sin trait that becomes problematic. Because that is the point where you start to lose control.


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STEPH CURRY WHO! HATER OR HATE: THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING GREAT AT WHAT YOU DO

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“What is it about greatness that people hate so much?”


Recent news of NBA basketball player Stephen Curry’s troubles with other NBA players have surfaced. He is unaware of why so many have such disdain toward him considering he pays homage to the greats. But where does it all really come from. The guys who have these issues with Curry are just as great if not greater, so what is it? There are a few reasons as to why Curry deals with such issues and other men and women like him in society. The reasons are envy, fear, and the other is having to rise to an occasion that someone else has risen to in their personal or professional persona. So what does that really mean?

Well, for starters the envy that is creeping up comes from the idea that some of the guys who don’t care for Curry were top dogs when he came into the league. Now that he is the bigger name, now he is seen as some form of competition of threat. But instead of competing and letting that do the talk, it turns into something much more. The problem with that is that you can become so wrapped up in your disdain for someone else you start to fall off your game. It’s kind of like the issues comedian Kevin Hart have had in recent years. When he came in the comedy world he was little Kev, now he’s above all the guys who were like mentors to him. Some people get comfortable with you in a certain space and can’t see past that. Then you shoot past that point, and all the haters comes into play.

But is it the haters or is it hate. And the hate brings me to my next reason why people have disdain and that is the fear. The fear of you doing something better than them forcing them to step up their game up. Or, some people don’t have the ability, but instead of asking you, they sink deeper. They are in fear that someone will be better than them and don’t want to focus on them. They are so engaged in what you’re doing that they lose out in life. But is that the only reason why so many people have issues with someone who has done nothing to them? Why do people have so many Steph Curry issues with other successful people? It’s also the personal as well as the professional.

Which brings me to my last point, and that is the persona you carry in society. Steph Curry carries himself well in society which also makes people not like him. When you’re a public figure and your public image is so good, not just from some PR stunt, but you’re the real person, you’re hated. They would love nothing more than to see you fail. Why, well because everyone is always expecting you to be this good guy as well. They say things like, “You should be more like this guy.” “This guy would never do anything like what you just did/do.” People don’t want to rise to the occasion of being a certain type of guy, so they show disdain toward the good guy.

See, in the end, people will always have a reason not to like someone they perceive to be in a position of status. And if you’re a good guy, then people really don’t like you. I wrote something similar earlier in past posts where if you’re always good, they can’t connect to you because you don’t have a smudge. It’s the same thing that happened to Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, and many others. People love to see some type of crash so they can say I told you so or this person is just as messed up as myself. You will never be able to understand these people, and most likely you don’t ever want to understand them.


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BRADY OH BRADY: WHY PEOPLE HATE TOO MUCH SUCCESS

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“Greatness comes with a price.”

“LAW 47) Do not go past the mark you aimed for — in victory, learn when to stop!” – 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene. Boy oh boy, this law is so true as it pertains to how people feel about Tom Brady. Since Tom Brady has become and unstoppable quarterback, there has been a constant effort to bring him down. Well why; I mean he’s not my favorite quarterback, but I don’t find pleasure in seeing him failing. So why do so many like to see him fail? Why is it that when a person wins over and over again, they are considered cheating? People love to tear these individuals down in life.

Well, let’s take a look at Tom Brady. Coming from the University of Michigan, Tom Brady was drafted in almost the last round of the NFL draft. He was not even heard of when he first started playing in the NFL. But taking over for Drew Bledsoe in the year 2000, no one expected much. Then he went on to win the Superbowl. Everyone was so happy for this Superbowl winning underdog. But then they kept winning and kept winning. Even as great players left the team they kept going strong. After this, all the allegations of cheating started to pop up. But what about Brady being the underdog? People forgot that he was drafted nearly last.

See, people love you, up to a certain point. Then they want to see you fall down. This is because it aims at how they see themselves. If all you do is win, then they can’t connect to you because they fail in life. How do you look at them as human when they are “so” different than yourself? Another reason is because no one is perfect. Winning all the time is seen as perfection. So people want to see you fall because they need to see that life is fair. Although, since when is life fair to us? Look at death, do we hold a grudge against death? We accept death for what it is. But we can’t get over the person winning all the time!

In the end, we hold the grudge because like I said before, it’s how we see ourselves. As I sit here watching the Superbowl game of the  New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons, so many people are routing against Tom Brady. They hate to see winning because their lives consist of so much losing. I know one thing is for certain, he’s not the first and definitely won’t be the last to be hated.