Seven New Deadly Sins

Seven New Deadly Sins
Everyone has heard of “The Seven Deadly Sins.” This old Christian tradition includes the “sins” of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Well, I have some of my own, that morally and culturally have either been ignored or not prioritized by our leaders and are not being taught enough to our youth by parents and teachers, yet still have a negative impact on our society and the Earth. Here they are:
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1. Littering
I seriously cannot understand the mindset of someone who litters. Trash is a very serious problem facing the environment today and it is only going to get worse as our population grows. It causes health problems and even death to millions of animals a year. Doesn’t matter if it is a cigarette butt or a plastic bottle, the act of littering is a total disregard for all other life on the planet. We live on a finite world. When you litter it doesn’t disappear. Paper eventually disintegrates, but plastic sticks around virtually forever. Wildfires are often caused by people tossing cigarettes to the ground. This is a littering habit where society pretty much looks the other way, but it is littering just as much as anything else. The billions of discarded cigarette butts, recyclables like plastics, paper, cardboard, cans, etc. are literally trashing the beauty and health of the entire world. What is it about some people that causes them not to care?
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2. Promoting dirty energy at the expense of the health of the environment and society.
I fully understand the challenges of replacing fossil fuels with clean alternative energy. However, this is one area of our society where cost really does not matter. The upfront costs of converting to clean energy is certainly more than continuing down the beaten path, but the hidden and long term costs of continuing to use fossil fuels make switching a no-brainer. We simply must make the switch and do so in a relatively short amount of time. We may already be past the tipping point environmentally, but things can only get worse the more we drag our feet on this issue. Those who make it their mission to obstruct, misinform, and fight the inevitable future of clean energy only have short-term self interests in mind and are not interested in the health and happiness of anyone else. You either are on board for energy change or you are deliberately sacrificing others to maintain your stubborn ignorance and selfishness.
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3. Predator hunting
Science has proven that predators are an essential component of healthy ecosystems. No other recent example of this provides better proof than the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. Predators have been demonized for hundreds of years, but that is only a by-product of ignorance. Humans tend to ignore the natural process of things and we have distorted and destroyed nature for short-sighted “progress.” When you take an apex predator like a bear, wolf, or mountain lion -who naturally are not prey animals- and have immature, testosterone imbalanced ingrates hunting them for sport and trophy it is easy to see how so many of these majestic and essential species have been eradicated in many areas for hundreds of years. The other component of this is an uneducated fear and also an intolerance to anything in nature that provides competition. Millions of predators have lost their lives or been driven to extinction because of this injustice, and nature has suffered because of it. We are apex predators. If you cannot apply the same treatment to your own species, how can you do the same to other apex predators? I guarantee you that our ridiculous numbers offer many times more obstacles to our success and progress than do the low number of wild natural predators that we have allowed to live.
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4. Poaching
Laws are in place for good reason. Those who break them are often showing a total disregard for others and do not care about the consequences. Sometimes this is a byproduct of ignorance but in other cases it’s just pure evil. Science (not to be confused with the tactics of often unqualified state wildlife managers) provides very reliable guidelines to how much of a species can be harvested and keep the population numbers healthy. Areas are also set aside for protection of lands and wildlife to ensure that future generations can enjoy nature and people in the present can still cling onto a healthy ecosystem. Without such laws the Earth would quickly be reduced to dust and ash and we would march our own species to extinction. Poaching flies in the face of grace, justice and empathy for all life. I would reserve the deepest level of Hell for such people.
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5. Racism
Racism is very much a culture problem that begins where a person grows up and the influences that form them. Even though there is zero sense in condemning a person to personality judgments based strictly on their ethnicity, it happens every day, all over the world, and has been going on since the beginning of the human race. What color your skin is, what part of the world you came from, or what genes you were born with do not mean you are a certain type of person intellectually, socially, or personality-wise. There simply is no science behind that age-old prejudice. Sure, specific races of people do often congregate together culturally, but each person needs to be viewed as an individual, because that is exactly what they are. To think otherwise is to not even understand the nature of your own species.
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6. Sexism
It doesn’t matter if you are male, female, heterosexual, bi-sexual, or homosexual. You were born into this world the way you are and still have every right to happiness and freedom as anyone else. The only reason some people may find objection to this is because they were raised in an ignorant household, grew up in an ignorant community, and had poor influences around them while growing up. People are different. Get over it.
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7. Wastefulness
We are an incredibly wasteful society. So many of us live as if everything is free, our natural resources are infinite, and there are no enduring consequences to anything we do. This, of course, is completely foolish. Natural resources are dwindling. The more we waste the more expensive things get because the demand always increases as our population increases. Wastefulness contributes to litter and pollution. Some people don’t have enough and those who do just constantly throw stuff away that could either be recycled or re-purposed. It is sickening. I blame parents, teachers, and government leaders for not prioritizing recycling and re-purposing. Both make this world healthier, cleaner, and allows useful goods and resources to be distributed between all voluntarily.