A Gluttonous Thought Is Harmless In Itself

Gluttony is a state of desiring to stuff oneself somehow. Who does that harm? 

If it is a mere impulse, no one. If it is a prelude to obesity and beyond, it may harm the perpetrator and tangentally his friends. It may even be deadly.

But only when gluttony does result in harm is it evil. Merely to have a gluttonous thought is harmless.

It is not hard to imagine the results of gluttony through temptation to action to a sense of addiction — a formidable closing of ones freedom to determine one’s destiny. But even in one whose external circumstances are not optimal for the exercise of freedom, the main hope continues to lie in the freedom that remains within the inner space occupied by will and conscience and the values that determine the disposition of the heart.

When this freedom is evoked, one can reject a temptation and begin to imagine a different course. Our society would improve if this understanding underlay the mentality of those who are paid to counsel persons with harmful addictions. Nothing is more powerful than the will that is freely engaged in a beneficial act.

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Lust is hardly a deadly sin in itself

Lust is hardly a deadly sin in itself

Lust is hardly a deadly sin in itself.
Lust is nothing but an extension of what happens when you get turned on by someone or something. It is the desire to achieve release in some way.
It may have the meaning of desiring when desire could lead to harm, But unless lust leads to harm it is hardly evil. It is normal. It is what happens when one feels attraction.
We create all manner of illnesses and syndromes because people assume that their feelings are evil in themselves. But evil only exists in manifestation, in action, in consciously hurting oneself or another.
Evil is thus the product of a heart that inclines to mindlessness and selfishness, in a person whose values are the product of a world that has ignored the simple fact that the only way to counter evil is in willing values that minimize its chances of prevailing — among them mindfulness and respect for the rights of others.
One of the main “excuses” for harm is the acquisition of mindlessness via the agency of alcohol. Conclusion. Jesus was right. Evil is in the heart. As is good. The difference lies in applying the will to universal values. Lust is normal. Harm should be less so.
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Evil is measured by relative degrees of harm.

Evil is measured by relative degrees of harm. To be delivered from evil  is to be  free from receiving or inflicting abuse.  Bully...