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Envy is not a deadly sin. Doing harm is.

Envy is not a deadly sin. Doing harm is.

Envy is being jealous of something or someone and desiring what they have, whatever it may be.

As a feeling, envy is common and should be acknowledged and admitted. I envy someone their looks or their manner or their house or their possessions.

Jealousy is a state of being that contains resentment and anger and a sense of betrayal. If it eats at you, it may do harm. Most certainly, if your anger impacts others in a hurtful way, it mat result in evil.

Like all things good or evil, the proof is in the action. By your fruits you are known.

So unless envy or jealousy eats away at you, or yields up an action based on mindlessness, selfishness or other harmful values, it remains subject to the influences of freedom and conscience.

Envy can become a sign leading to good. Similarly, jealousy can lead to a better result than inflicting harm and injury. Envy and jealousy can summon one to shake the dust from feet and move on. Or consider an inventive way to tolerate a difficult situation by acts that are flexible, instructive and
even gracious.

The way to transform a negative emotion into a positive action begins with the experience of the freedom to choose the way ahead.

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Who Is Harmed By Greed?

Greed is considered sinful but who does it harm?

What harms is when greed results in tangible injury, hurt, suffering.

Greed is a natural desire to possess. It has many forms. It is harmful only when it can be shown to operate to the detriment of others.

If it is conceded that life should be honored and protected and that the capacity to choose should be paramount, then we might create a pie made up of all the world and divide it between those who have plenty of choice and those whose lives have virtually no choice at all. It is clear enough that, in the case of those who lack choice, harm is endemic. There is even an argument that in a world divided in this way, existence among those with choice is made onerous because of the feelings that attend the disparity.

The answer to greed is a fair determination of what is needed to give choice to every person on the planet. We are swiftly reaching a point when that determination will be possible. Once it is, the matter of greed will be settled by simple division. For once a person is endowed with reasonable options, unhampered by severe disadvantages, the possibilities multiply. Free choices can and will be made. And greed will be trumped.

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Peirce was an iconoclastic and acerbic Christian

Like it or not, Peirce was an iconoclastic and acerbic Christian. Had he delved into theology and church history more than he did, he would doubtless have arrived at ample bases for what is implicit in his own understanding. He is agnostic about supposition and a stickler for proofs. The problem he presents to those who ignore his spirituality is that it not only remains central, it also purports to be self-evident. But only to those willing to engage in a fairly explicit mode of practice. Between fairly explicit and free choice there is some leeway but it seems to me that a Peirce-derivative practice would involve at a minimum an openness to a discipline of thinking based on a mode we could call triadic and a form of musement that might correspond to an effort to achieve some harmonious relationship with another. I do not capitalize another. But it seems obvious to me that Peirce thought we talked within ourselves to what might be considered one’s higher self or to one beyond that. To condense this into a question, is it the case, or is it not, that Peirce, to be understood, requires a practice based on his premises?

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