Environmental Destruction - One Of the Seven New Mortal Sins
Newly Named Sins
In the 21st Century, the Catholic Church has added additional recognized Mortal Sins to match the lifestyle of the global economy.
Trash Patch Effect
The "TrashPatch" phenomenon approaches a continent in size. This vid speaks of a project to raise the awareness of plastic debris, especially in the North Pacific Gyre:www.urbandesignlab.columbia.edu/.
The Proverb that To Waste is to Sin Comes True
The number 7 is a magic number in many societies, including Western Society. This magic translates into a mystical representation of good and evil in sets of seven.
The Seven Mortal Sins that have been recognized by the Catholic Church up to the 21st century are those of Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Wrath, and Sloth.
Many books, films, essays, and poems have been written about each as a topic and about all seven together.
Larger Than Seven
The venal sins, on the other hand, are larger in number than the mortal sins, but supposedly lesser in magnitude. Are they really?
Some individuals, some religious denominations and even entire faith communities globally believe that sin is sin -- that any and all sin is equal in its immorality, whether it be lying, impure thoughts, or murder. This is for each individual to decide independently, but us waste as bad as murder? Many think that it is exactly as evil, because waste murders the environment.
In the 21st Century, the Catholic Church has added additional recognized Mortal Sins to match the lifestyle of the global economy. Interestingly, one or two have to do with Nature and the respect shown to the earth and the universe by indigenous peoples around our planet and across the seven seas, including the new plastic continent of discarded bags and other plastic refuse that has collected in the Pacific Ocean.
For the 21st century, the Catholic Church is has adopted Seven New Mortal Sins for a total of 14, or two times the original seven.
In many minds, to waste is to sin.
Waste and Destruction
Translation of the New Sins
Msgr. Gianfranco Girotti is the leader of the Vatican group known as the Apostolic Penitentiary, which is a watchdog group concerned with such aspects of the faith as sin, rules, and doctrine.
Reverend Girotti named seven new Mortal Sins, for a total of 14, the first three being:
- Ruining the environment,
- Carrying out morally questionable science, especially with human subjects
- Making genetic manipulations to DNA or embryos (human, but perhaps also animal).
In terms of large events and daily life, the Three Mortal Sins of the 21st Century are
- Wastefulness and creating too much trash; failure to recycle
- Weather manipulation, especially that which could increase chemicals in the atmosphere
- Space Trash - debris dumped by space vehicles and space stations into the atmosphere (add particulates to the atmposhere, even if they burn up on re-entry)
- Leading animals and plants to extinction
- Stem cell research on embryos
- Any stem cell research except that where the genetic matter comes itself from the patient being treated.
- Gene splicing
- Genetically modified foods
- Genetic warfare within chemical warfare methods
- Planning a "Super Race" (probably sperm banks as well)
- Cloning (we eat cloned corn already, since the late 1980s)
- Discovering genetic manipulation possible in outer space that is not possible under gravitational forces, as is possible with certain chemicals that create useful medications
It is uncertain what impact the classification as a mortal sin will have on enivronmental pollution and waste, as well as on the rest of the issues covered by the Seven New Sins. It is, however, also uncertain how waste and pollution could ever be morally correct.
A Grime Belt
Could waste and pollution ever be morally correct?
Tom Leher's "Pollution"
The Final Four Sins
In addition, the recreational or therapeutic use of illegal substances, along with drug trafficking comprise a new Mortal Sin. We can see that this harms the human body at times and can lead to the harm of or death of self and others. Under the influence of these substances, some individuals may also harm the environment.
Social and Economic Injustices and creating poverty make up three additional new Mortal Sins that include amassing Excessive Wealth that may also cause others to become poor. Such wealth can also lead to corrupt power, genetic manipulation, environmental harm (especially waste), and all of the other Mortal Sins, old and new.
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Please enjoy reading and using these methods of protecting the environment.
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© 2008 Patty Inglish
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