by annalise.ellen creative commons @ flickr
The seven deadly sins are:
6. Gluttony, and
I doubt that there is an adult alive today who has not been gripped at least once by each of these demons, but I will leave that subject for another time.
Today, I want to share my thoughts with you regarding our nation, its relationship with these demons, and what will become of it if we do not act.
Piercing the veil of propaganda, I see our federal government captured and controlled by the too-big-to-fail banks, multi-national corporations that privatize profits and socialize losses, a paranoid national intelligence network that invades everyone’s privacy, and the military industrial complex. Our nation is war and war is big business.
Like moths cocooned alive in a spider’s web powerless to resist a slow agonizing death as its insides are slowly sucked out, we the people have been reduced to mere tax revenue units expected to pay for endless war and cover all of the financial-sector losses from the TBTF banks gambling in the world casino. Meanwhile, the private sector regards us as nothing more than interchangeable minimum-wage labor units to be exploited to the fullest extent possible without enjoying any benefits.
Our nation is known by all people of the world for its all-consuming quest for world empire via never ending war to seize valuable diminishing natural resources. Greed, which is Number 2 on the list of deadly sins, is god. Neoliberal economics is its Bible and nobody talks about the Golden Rule.
I see a nation seized by wrath against people with brown skin and illegal immigrants.
I see a nation seized by lust for natural resources that belong to others.
I see a slothful nation unwilling to change and work on developing renewable forms of energy.
I see a nation seized by envy for world empire.
I see a nation seized by the gluttony of wanting it all.
I see a nation seized by the false pride of American exceptionalism.
As I look ahead at the future, I see the ship of state capsized at sea by the seven deadly sins.
I see no other possible outcome unless we heal ourselves, take back our government, and kick the corporations out of the Temple.
Although the path to redemption and illumination will be long and difficult, we know where to find it because others have led the way and marked it for us. Remember always that one must die to be reborn and the seven deadly sins can be conquered by the seven virtues.
1. Wrath is conquered by Peace;
2. Greed is conquered by Generosity;
3. Lust is conquered by Purity of Intent;
4. Sloth is conquered by Courage and Effort;
5. Envy is conquered by Compassion for oneself and others;
6. Gluttony is conquered by Temperance; and
7. Pride is conquered by Humility.
Never forget the Golden Rule.
What do you see?