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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CROSSING THE PICKET LINE: SURVIVAL OR SELFISH

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“Have you ever thought of crossing?”

Signs, chants, and anger fill the air as men and women stand outside and march to the unfair treatment of their organizations. Either unfair, or upset at layoffs from their company of employment. Now, my question is, do you feel the person or people who decide to cross the picket line, are traitors? Are these people selfish because they choose to come to work and not stand out in the cold with you? For me, I think it depends on the situation of the person or people not willing to cross the picket line. You don’t know why they are choosing not to cross the line. It could be for reasons outside of being selfish.

The number one reason for crossing the line is because you people who have to generate an income. And for that reason alone you can’t truly be too upset at the person who cross. In this society, anyone who can make an income for themselves is a blessing. So if you work for an organization where jobs are being cut, and you make the cut, it’s best to just keep working. Because it all boils down to if they would leave their jobs for you. So every man for himself and God for us all type of thought process. That doesn’t mean you don’t care if someone can eat at night. It just means you have to worry about your immediate situation first.

Well, what about the people who cross because they genuinely don’t care. There are those people who are out in society that are the cut throat types that could care less. They look at life like, I got it, you don’t, and too bad if you starve. Not only too bad, but I’m going to take more than I need. This form of greed is the reason why initially, so many people decide to protest . There is usually an issue with management at an executive level that causes people to picket. The ones at the top take so much for themselves yet say we need to make cutbacks. But if they’re making cutbacks, then how come executives are getting their bonuses.

See, for me living in New York City, you see a lot of protest. Whether the people are protesting some politician/s or some multinational corporation. They either protest as a small group of ten to twenty people (small businesses) or even in the hundreds of thousands (Occupy Wall Street). I fall somewhere in the middle as it pertains to picketing. Meaning it’s hard to care when you’re so busy trying to keep a roof over your own head. Yet at the same time, you have to cultivate a skill for yourself in society. A skill that if you do lose your job you can move on to a different one. But we as people get comfortable with daily life. We go to sleep and wake up assuming there is going to be something there for us. And when that something is stripped away we panic. You just have to keep pushing, even on a job, and never get complacent. Otherwise the changes in America will always leave you destitute and helpless.

HATE TO LOVE: OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CAPITALISM

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“How do you see capitalism?”

Greed is the word to describe capitalism in today’s society. But is it all greed and is it all the fault of the person making money? We say we hate capitalism, or is it some of e the people who operate within it. Because if you open a restaurant in the United States, you are a capitalist. Maybe not like the men and women on Wall Street. But you are, in essence, a capitalist. So what do people mean when they say they have an issue with capitalism? Is the problem with capitalism more centralized? Is there a problem within it that has led to concerns here in America? But most of all, is there anything we do to contribute to what we hate most?

Now when I hear, I hate capitalism, I look at it from a centralized viewpoint. Or is it really? There were recently a group of people running throughout cities breaking glass windows of businesses in the U.S. Any business that they felt was a contribution to the capitalism was vandalized. This meant, businesses like Starbucks and McDonald’s, or even flipping over luxury vehicles. Surprisingly enough, people were throughout social media agreeing with the behavior of the looters. Problem with breaking business windows is that a lot of these people are small business owners. They’re not these top executives you see from investment banking companies. The average business owner, or even franchisee, is not bringing home $100 million plus in compensation.

You break the windows to their businesses and costly repairs could be a hit to their pocket books. So what is it? Because to me, if you have a job you’re a contributor to capitalism. So if you hate capitalism that much just quit life. But you won’t do that, so what is it? In my opinion, the majority of people take issue with some of the greed that exist in certain sectors of the corporate world. One of which are the banking executives who are taking in bonuses and compensation packages in the hundreds of millions, some billions. So when your car company and financial institutions are going under and need bailouts; all the while you’re showing up to Congress flown in by private jets, it makes you resentful. That type of upset is understandable because these individuals are very predatory.

But, on the other hand, do we have a hand in the madness? And the answer is yes we do. The I hate capitalism ideology is so petty because if you don’t like capitalistic companies don’t patronize the majors where money is going. Meaning, you can’t say I hate corporations, then turn around and buy thousands of dollars worth of Apple products. Don’t say I hate capitalism, then turn around and trample people during Black Friday. All so you can get a deal on flat screen television or a laptop computer. And that’s why I say protests against capitalism are a waist of time. We say things like screw the corporations then after the protest, discuss our hatred over a mocha latte from Starbucks.

In the end, capitalism will always be an aspect of our lives. As long as you’re willing to open your pockets, someone will forever be there to collect the money. I heard a saying one time that stated if you give ten people $100, at the end of the day one person will have $1,000 and 9 people will be broke. You’re going to always have a poorer demographic. The United States could print out money and give everyone $1 million. In a year, the vast majority will have lost a substantial amount, and the few that stand will be the 1%. So, from where I stand, I don’t have an issue with capitalism. Just certain practices that have polluted the environment.

EPIEPRICE!! THE HIGH COST OF HEALTHCARE

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“Where do you draw the line between business of greed?”

Recently in the news, the high cost of the Epipen has caused quite the controversy. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Epipen it was is designed to inject epinephrine into the system. The shot’s purpose is used in the case of severe allergic reactions. It aids in blood flow, keeping muscles from becoming constricted, improves breathing, and  increases heart rates. The pharmaceutical company Mylan branded the pen for over $600. But the original amount that consumers were spending was $50 – $60 for a pack. So in response to the outcry from the public, the company stated it would roll out the generic version for $300.

Now, it sounds like they’re giving a deal, but it’s not. Especially considering the original amount was less than $100. Price hikes came a result of trying to remain competitive in the marketplace. But I ask the question; when does competition becomes pure greed. You mean in order for a company to compete, the prices needed to be raised from $50 to $600. There was also criticism over the CEO receiving, or better yet, giving herself a raise. And we’re not talking a few dollars or even a few hundred thousand dollars. She received a nearly $20 million payday, about $18 million up from her previous salary.

Now as a society, we’re always hearing about the government getting tough on insurance companies for their practices. But what about the pharmaceutical companies as well. If you don’t already know, not even a few years ago, another businessman purchased an AIDS vaccine. After purchasing the pills, the price was taken from $13.50 to $750 per pill. The move prompted the government to intervene. And this is why we have so much federal regulation in the United States as it pertains to the corporate world.

But at what point is it greed? How much money is enough or is there ever enough? While these multinational corporations generate revenues hand over fist, the average American suffers. Who can can afford to pay an increase in Epiepen shots even if the cost is down to $300. Still, I have been waiting to hear from the president, but still no answer. I wish that I could say it’s a particular administration, but it’s all of them. None of them will come out and attack what should be illegal business practices.

Charging the highest amount that the market is willing and able to afford, while shifting deadweight loss to the consumer sounds familiar. Oh yeah, it’s called a monopoly. Monopolies under the law are suppose to be prohibited, but we have other names for companies that fit under monopoly like categories such as Oligopolies. Which is few competitors in the marketplace who control nearly the entire market. The government says it makes it easier for them to regulate having the big four or the big five instead of the big ten or big twenty.

Whatever the case may be, I don’t much regulation. It seems as if the government’s regulations are no more than words on paper. Words that only are used to make people feel good, yet never enforced. In the end price increases are normal in business, but not by hundreds of percent. Prices that are so high it’s beyond obvious that the company raising the prices are getting over on the consumers.