I Am Heretic #17: Sloth (Seven Deadly Sins #3)

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It seems about half of all Christian sins are about what is right or wrong, whilst the other half is merely about controlling feeble-minded people. Guess what! This sin is of the latter sort.

SLOTH is one of seven deadly sins that are supposed to be so wicked they're one-way tickets straight to hell. If you commit any of them, you deserve to be tortured for all eternity. Well, that's what God thinks, at least.

Sloth is just about the MOST ridiculous of the seven deadly sins: spiritual and emotional apathy, neglecting God's word, or being physically or emotionally inactive. I suppose I'd go to hell; as an author, one doesn't work physically so much as with one's brain. And how is one emotionally inactive? Emotions can't be controlled. But, my biggest problem, neglecting God's word, or in plain English, thinking for yourself. It seems about half of all Christian sins are about what is right or wrong, whilst the other half is merely about controlling feeble-minded people. Guess what! This sin is of the latter sort.

SEVEN DEADLY SINS: SLOTH: This is a short comic strip. It was written and designed by Patrick Hall on June 30, 2014. Copyright © 2014 by Patrick Hall. All rights reserved. Feel free to download it and spread it around, as long as you credit the source and don't charge people for it.

God isn’t a supernatural being of awesome power; God’s human. And, indeed, it’s been the church that, through history, has been worried about losing their grip of the masses; it’s the church that craves the power.

Christians constantly say God loves us; they say he thinks in ways we could not even imagine; they say he works in mysterious ways. What I wonder is why he is concerned with our faith. Why is he concerned that we believe in him, not some other deity? Why does he need to employ arbitrary and stupid rules, with which to control us? Why does he send us to hell, as a punishment for breaking arbitrary rules that don't really matter? There can only be one answer. God isn't a supernatural being of awesome power; God's human. And, indeed, it's been the church that, through history, has been worried about losing their grip of the masses; it's the church that craves the power. In contemporary times, the brainwashing lives on and countless people believe in the lie.

What makes a human moral? Is it immoral not to go to church every Sunday? If it is, could anybody tell me why? Whether or not I go to church affects no one but me, and God if he does exist. However, it doesn't affect him negatively not to go; it merely feeds his ego to sit in church like a feeble sheep, while the wolfish God drools all over you. What I see as moral isn't to fulfil arbitrary rules or dumb rituals, meant to please gods; what I see as moral is the Golden Rule (sorry, Christians, but that doesn't come from Christianity; it comes from logic, the evolution of morals) and self-sacrifice, if possible without that smug sense of self-righteousness you get from Jesus "Would Have Been in the Crazy House If He Were Born Today" Christ.

What I see as moral isn’t to fulfil arbitrary rules or dumb rituals, meant to please gods; what I see as moral is the Golden Rule and self-sacrifice.

I also recognize some things I don't like are actually not immoral. For example, I am not really a party guy, nor am I easy; I ain't no slut. But it doesn't mean I see promiscuous persons as immoral. As long as we do not hurt anyone, we have a right to choose what to do with our lives and our bodies; the moment anyone is affected adversely, it's no longer moral. Of course, a promiscuous lifestyle will spread diseases, and our "civilized" society does put enormous pressure on women to "put out", so that is pretty immoral. But you always have a choice; no one can force you to do anything, so maybe feminists should stop bitching about how men degrade women, when it is mostly women who degrade women. Moreover, Christians love to speak of objective morals, i.e. that all around the world the same things are seen as bad. But this is not true, even in the civilized world. Most people agree on the fundamental solutions to the problems every civilization faces, i.e. murder, thievery, and such, but we don't agree on issues like sex outside of a marriage, drug use, and abortion.

We live in the twenty-first century now; we have for a long while. But we're still bound by dumb and arbitrary rules, not merely from religion, but from extremists left and right. Theists are against science; it is either sacrilegious or they are afraid of being proved wrong. Right-wing extremists are, well, what I just said, not to mention they are against women and minorities having the same rights as white men. Left-wing extremists, among them feminists, wish to force political correctness upon us; they wish to censor speech, films, books, lives. It is all arbitrary bullshit! We must learn to distinguish right from wrong. For example, the word "nigger" is merely a word, so there is nothing wrong with it, in and of itself. But bigots who use the word are certainly bad. Nothing manmade is inherently bad; it is how we use it that's bad.

We have a right to choose what to do with our lives and our bodies; the moment anyone is affected adversely, it’s no longer moral.

What I'm basically saying is, let's bury religion, or at least the stupid rules. Let's bury social laws with which some wish to sugarcoat the world. If Germans are uncomfortable when we speak of Hitler, it's their problem. If black people feel bad when they hear a certain word or when someone brings up slavery, it's their problem. If women are upset when someone calls a woman bitch, even when she is one, it is their problem. If Christians are afraid when logic and science enter the debate, it is also their problem. We should be tolerant, but we don't have to pander to every sensitive group out there, least of all majority groups like white people who say there's a genocide of whites or Christians who want us to die because we commit the deadly sin of sloth.

It may seem harsh, but the truth is that censorship will not lead to less bigotry, and words do not have the power to make anyone feel bad, unless they let them. I agree we should be respectful when around minorities, and we ought to be mindful with our use of derogatory words, because there isn’t a reason to use them in any type of situation, unless one tells a story and discusses censorship and racism.

It may seem harsh, but the truth is that censorship will not lead to less bigotry, and words do not have the power to make anyone feel bad, unless they let them.

But true political correctness requires an honest and open society, with education and nearly boundless freedom of speech and the press. I'm not for the use of racial slurs; I'm for the right of all humans to be free. Let’s just hope people grow up with critical thinking.