Sunday, March 16, 2008

Seven NEW Deadly Sins

A Vatican official has come up with seven MORE deadly sins. The AV Club has already made a joke about how this will inspire a sequel to Se7en called Fourt14en, and the New York Times wants to know, ironically, if this will inspire more paintings. What I find appalling about it is just the sheer inelegance. Sloth, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Wrath, Envy are at least catchy and not THAT redundant. This just feels silly:

1. “Bioethical” violations such as birth control

2. “Morally dubious” experiments such as stem cell research

3. Drug abuse

4. Polluting the environment

5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor

6. Excessive wealth

7. Creating poverty

It is all content and no poetry.

13 comments:

neilshyminsky said...

Aren't 5 thru 7 already in the original seven? And, as you say, identical? (Or at least mutually implied?) As for the first two, I like that certain terms are placed in quotation marks, as if the author is himself unconvinced. My guess is that they're misguidedly meant for emphasis - or at least this is what I gather from all of the stores that put them on signs for no other discernable reason.

Christian said...

I don't think the Catholic Church should speak as loudly against "contributing to widening divide between rich and poor," "excessive wealth" or "creating poverty" considering their status and organisation.

Marc Caputo said...

I'm not really comfortable with Vatican officials making policy changes like this. I don't think, however, that there necessarily needs to be "poetry" in the delineations of what the Church sees as evil. Either way, all of these "new" ones can really be seen as examples (multiples in some cases) of the sins. Maybe the Church (or it's bureaucrats) shouldn't seek to create new sins, but seek to clarify the old ones and help guide its members in avoiding them.

1. “Bioethical” violations such as birth control - Pride, Lust

2. “Morally dubious” experiments such as stem cell research - Pride, Greed

3. Drug abuse - Sloth, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride

4. Polluting the environment - Sloth, Greed

5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor - Greed

6. Excessive wealth - Greed

7. Creating poverty - Greed

6 out of 7 include Greed. Guess some things never change - money is still the root of all (or roughly 86% of it)

Streebo said...

They left off the eight new sin: Retconning heroic characters via a deal with the Devil.

Geoff Klock said...

Neil, Marc -- that is what I meant by a lack of poetry -- the redundancy, making something un-memorable.

Christian -- yeah, no kidding. Though they sucked at the original seven sins too, didn't they.

Streebo -- HA.

Voice Of The Eagle said...

"It is all content and no poetry."

That's the best description I've ever heard of the Vatican itself.

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Mike said...

Awesome now I cant WAIT to go to hell

Stephen said...

What I find appalling about it is just the sheer inelegance.

That just nails it.

Dr. K said...

Maybe they sound better in Latin.

Christian said...
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Christian said...

That was just me deleting a question I managed to have answered by a quick Wikipedia search in about ten seconds.

Geoff Klock said...

deleted comment was spam

Dr K -- HA!