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It's philosophy of people. A little bit of science; a little bit of opinion.

Pride - The Worst of the Seven Deadly Sins

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:45

So if you've been following along with this series, this final entry will be no surprise to you. The other six 'deadly sins' have been covered already, so PRIDE was the obvious end to the list. Just to recap, here are the other six in the order that I ranked them, from best to worst. Or at least, from the least bad to the worst. 

Envy - Deadly Sin of the The Green-Eyed-Monster

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:55

Last week I did my best to represent sloth, but this week we're talking about envy and jealousy - desperately wanting what other people have or thinking that someone else is getting better than you and trying to bring them back down to where you are. Jealousy might be closer to greed, which I think is worse than envy, (so I haven't covered it yet!) but they're arguably close enough to be lumped together. 

Lust - The Least Deadly Sin

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 05/30/2019 - 09:12

Lust is one of those 'deadly sins' that's more of a throwback to a bygone era. 

Tell that to my divorced parents!

Sure, infidelity is a relationship killer (and the source of many a spouse's death, I'm sure), but many times it's not even 'lust', but 'pride' driving the cheater. It's proving that you're still attractive, or that you CAN.

Future Sight - Controlling the Weather

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:50

Terraforming has long been a topic of sci-fi stories. The idea is if we're going to live on another planet, we need to make it comfortable for humans. While we are incredibly adaptable, we don't like changes in climate very much. Technology helps with things like air conditioning, but what if we could actually control the weather?

Future Sight - Private Eyes Are Watching You. They See Your Every Move.

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:27

These days it's pretty hard to be a functioning member of society and also be 'off the grid'. Credit card purchases have been tracked for years, but now pretty much everything we do is monitored and cataloged and sold to advertisers who want to know everything there is to know about you. And now it appears that those 'free apps' we use are even listening to our conversations.

Future Sight - The Collapse of Capitalism

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:43

All good things must come to an end. Capitalism is an amazing system for creating efficiency in society. It's not the best for humanitarian needs, but it capitalizes (pun intended) on humanity's driving urges... things like greed, sloth, vanity, and contentment. Through these things, capitalism can find ways to produce more with less, and that will just keep going and going and going... until it can't continue anymore.