Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Thinking About Vice

The other day I Twittered that I was indulging in vices. (That particular tweet got me a new follower: porn_website10) I've blogged about my vices and how pathetic they are once before. They are listed as speed, bacon and shoes.

The vice I referred to obliquely in my tweet was buying things I don't need. In this case some cheap perfume that I'm crazy about.

I checked the definition of vice on my dictionary widget. It defines vice as "Immoral or wicked behavior, criminal activities involving prostitution, pornography or drugs, a weakness of character or behavior; a bad habit."

But what am I talking about when I use the word? What's really so bad about speeding, bacon, shoes, drinking too much coffee, staying up late entertaining myself, playing video games for too long, reading manga for hours, knitting? Are those really my vices? How does it break down?

Those things look like mere irresponsibility. Except for speeding which can get people killed and wastes fuel. Oh yeah, and is against the law.

The Seven Deadly Sins: pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia.

If I go by the information in the wikipedia entry I'd say my vices boil down to gluttony (Over-consumption of anything to the point of waste, "excessive desire for food or its witholding from the needy") and sloth (failure to appreciate God and His works/failure to live up to one's full potential). Especially sloth.

Maybe I should go to confession. Except I'm going to do all those things again.

Still, they're not very glamorous. Vice should have some glamour to it, don't you think?

Come to think of it, me dressing up these petty transgressions as "vice" could be construed as pride: "a desire to be more important or attractive than others" (among other things)

I'm not sure why I'm thinking about all this, especially since I don't have any intention of trying to improve myself.

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