I watched him walk up to the front, and boldly announce his sins. He accused himself of the following: greed, lust, envy, and pride. The other man, the one he was confessing to didn’t seem all that surprised as he spoken softly to the man.
I turned away from the hill and headed towards the river. No need to hear the cost to atone those sins. In the Bible they are part of the seven deadly sins. In other doctrines they are what prevent us from rising to our enlightened selves.
Heaven knows I’m guilty of these as well, but I like to think of them as things that show the duality of being a human.
Do I suffer from greed, sure, but I can also be generous to a fault. Should I work on removing greed? Probably, but in a world that’s all about creating wants that seem to be needs this is no easy task.
Lust, ah who doesn’t know thee well? It almost goes hand in hand with coveting. Have I coveted people? Yes of course in the past I have done so, perhaps because of lust. Do I covet things? Oh yes and I can admit I’ve lusted (not in a sexual sense) times as well. (Thank you Apple!)
Envy? Yes, but I temper that be happy for the person who has that which I’m envious of. (See above!)
Pride? Yep I’ve been prideful and boastful of many things. Life as a way of humbling that rather quickly. Sometimes I feel pride forming from nation, or people and other times pride over an accomplishment. Normally though I realize that those things and people I feel pride towards are the result of hard work. I am envious of those who are not prideful.
I me yet to meet a person who doesn’t suffer from these afflictions. Of course if I were to meet such a person, would that person really be human? Would they be beyond human?
How about you? Could you walk up the hill and announce you were without “sins” or beyond what I call suffering from being a human?