Thursday, September 08, 2005

Roadblocks and Detours


I know I had promised that we'd be going to California this week, but as it always seems to happen when I try to go there I've encountered a roadblock and detour along the way. I was almost there, but I got stuck and had to change direction. Maybe we'll get to go there eventually.

So now I want to talk about roadblocks and detours of a different kind, the Seven Deadly Sins (click that for a great site). In case you don't know what they are, here's the list:

Pride/Hubris/Vanity
Envy
Gluttony
Lust
Anger/Wrath/Fury
Greed/Avarice/Covetousness
Sloth

There are many online 'meme' quizzes (you can do a search at http://www.quizfarm.com/quizlist.php) that will tell you what your worst Sins are and which level of Dante's Hell (not sure that link will work) you'd be damned to for eternity. I'd be condemned to the Second Level.

By far Lust is my worst sin. That's not a big surprise since I see phallic symbols everywhere, even in bundles of wash cloths and soap dispensers, for heaven's sake. But Gluttony and Pride are up there too. I do love to eat good food and sometimes I'll overindulge in that or other consumables. The vanity aspect of Pride isn't a big thing for me, but I think I sometimes have an issue with spiritual hubris. Sloth can be a problem too if you consider sitting around and thinking about stuff as being slothful. I am a procrastinator which seems to fall into that Sloth catagory. I don't usually have that big a problem with Envy or Greed. When I was younger those were bigger issues. But the opposite is true of Anger. When I was younger I rarely got angry about things, but now it's a different story. I don't think I'm someone you'd meet and think, 'wow, she really could use some anger management,' but I do have more trouble letting go of things now than I used to.

So what are your vices? Are you willing to admit them? Have they changed throughout your life? Do you think there should be some other sins listed as Deadly?


on a side note:

I'm not feeling great today. It seems an old health nemesis that I thought I had conquered has come back and started to bother me. I'll spare you the details and just say cranberry juice. I'm a little late with my post today because of that and trying to get some housework done. It's kind of funny how cleaning the house sometimes helps me gather and sort my thoughts. There's a book about that called Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp. I haven't read it, but I've read about it.

9 comments:

DHammett said...

Hi Rae Ann -

Sorry you're not feeling well. As a California native, I can say with confidence that you're not missing anything not getting there yet. The fruits and nuts will still be there when you finally make it. If you're headed to the southern end, the weather will be nice when you get there. And you'll be able to see plenty of traffic. And everything else will be plastic.

You'll be happy to know the link is working just fine. I didn't even make it into Hell. Purgatory is where you'll find me, although I can proudly say that lust was my highest scoring deadly sin. *grinning ear to ear* For clarity purposes, all the responses to homosexuality questions were negative, not that there's anything wrong with that (with a nod to Seinfeld).

Rae Ann said...

dh, what a great description of CA! You're so funny. And somehow I knew you'd be spared the tortures of Hell. You're too good. lol, just kidding And all my responses to the homosexuality questions were also negative, what with my phallic obsession and all. *evil giggle*

word verification= syzxftu (I'm not kidding)

Rae Ann said...

Okay, the first time I took that quiz was several months ago so I just took it again. No surprise, same results:

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell!

Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Level | Score
Purgatory | Moderate
Level 1 - Limbo | High
Level 2 | Very High
Level 3 | Moderate
Level 4 | Very Low
Level 5 | Moderate
Level 6 - The City of Dis | Very Low
Level 7 | High
Level 8- the Malebolge | Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus | Low

DHammett said...

OK, here are the details:

Purgatory Repenting Believers Very High
Level 1 - Limbo Virtuous Non-Believers Low
Level 2 Lustful High
Level 3 Gluttonous Low
Level 4 Prodigal and Avaricious Moderate
Level 5 Wrathful and Gloomy Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis Heretics Very Low
Level 7 Violent Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus Treacherous Very Low

I suppose this would be as good a time as any to say that my results show I have a jones for lickety quicking, I mean, splitting (with apologies to Mayor Naggin').

"Lasciate ogni speranza, voi che entrate."

word verification: tuded(no joke either), ebonics for having a bad attitude, as in: "People don't like me because I am tuded."

Rae Ann said...

"Abandon every hope, ye who enter here"

And yeah, jonesing for lickety splitting is great as long as it's not too quick. lol Being 'tuded' suits you.

word= lgmkdaa (don't know what it means but it looks kind of dirty)

Kat said...

my biggest sin would probably be anger, i have a nasty temper.

Chris said...

Hey cool! Rae Ann, we'll get to hang out in Hell together! I'm in the Second Level too! I think probably because lust is my biggest sin. Well, that, and because I actually think it's a virtue. ;)

Hope you're feeling better.

mr_g said...

Hope you're feeling better!

I'm very proud of the fact that I never sin. And it f'in pisses me off when people say I do! There's more to say, but I just don't have the energy. Besides, I don't really want to share the rest of my ideas with anyone. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to eat a 21 ounce steak and watch some porn!

Rae Ann said...

kat, I go through stages of being more angry than others. Could be a hormonal thing in my case.

chris, maybe I should rename my blog to Welcome to the Second Level of Hell? Or Land of the Lust?

mr g, thanks. you crack me up! you forgot about another consumable though.