It's Time to Sin More, and Hate Less Essay

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It's Time to Sin More, and Hate Less

 

 

My soul is embedded with classic Catholic-sin like crimson rubies buried in a sandbox. And I'm not just talking about eating two helpings of double-decker chocolate cake (although I do that, too) - I swear, I lie, I mock the Bible, I use the Lord's name in vain (to name a few). I love the very term "sin" - never has there been a three-letter word with so much power, such drastic implications. But as far as I'm concerned, my sins are holy. Each moment, as my moral code thickens like congealing milk, I sin more - for I embrace my sin. As humans, we are born and die with a myriad of imperfections, but to fear sin and god is to fear life. I can't live this way
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We are all animals with instincts to survive, and we do what is needed to live. There is no shame in this struggle that has been taken up by ants and bears and men. Besides, sins come and go - what may be unholy today could make me a martyr tomorrow. Take a look at Galileo: he was shunned for his work when he lived and now he is studied. Most of us sinners aren't dark, twisted characters that tote guns like garments; we are passionate, sensitive, thoughtful people. We, as Billy Joel sings, merely would "rather laugh with sinners than cry with the saints."

 

John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, shows that sin is relative. Tom Joad, for example, murdered a man who attacked him. Throughout the novel, he explains that, "I'd do what I done - again. I killed a guy in a fight. We was drunk at a dance... No, I ain't (ashamed of nothin')"(33). As he shows, the murder was simply a means of survival; he "never had nothing against Herb"(69). Similarly, the migrant farm workers, left starving by the system, are forced to go out "not to beg, but to steal"(555). And there is no shame in their theft because they have no choice - is it more of a sin to let your baby die or to steal food from people who have too much, people who make sure the hungry never get fed enough. Clearly, the Joads, for example, are generous people who "never heerd tell of no Joads or no hazletts, neither, ever refusin' food an' shelter or a lift on the road
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