Deadly sins of consumption are temptations that modern day society creates in our purchasing and behavior lives, that lead us to less than desirable results. These are, therefore, 7 sins that we should avoid at all cost:
- Debt – Living above own level of income that leads to debt
- Materialism – Endless pursuit of material goods
- Addictions – Having and engaging in destructive habits on consistent basis
- Obesity – Having a eating habits that lead to gaining extra pounds
- Unhappiness – Not being satisfied, generally speaking
- Emotional wreck – Having your emotions control you
- Unfriendly – Not having (many) friends
It is interesting to note that almost everyone has to one or another degree experienced these problems, often all of them, in different stages of our lives. It is also easy to see that ideally we would like avoid these situations if we only knew how.
While there is advice you can receive for every one of these sins (by clicking on their names), I believe that there is a higher underlying problem that guides people to get into these habits. Without resolving the underlying problem, curing symptoms won’t do us any good, because the problems will just resurface in some other ways.
The underlying problem is, therefore, our relentless desire to increase our pleasure and to avoid the pain.
We all like to think of our selves as logical creature, which maximize our decision making by considering pros and cons of every situation and coming up with ideal plan. However, too many times we do things that are not in our best interest, and we know they are not, like smoking which is part of addiction, one of the deadly sins.
Why do we do them? Why is that people will suffer before doing anything about their problem? The answer is a human desire to increase our pleasure and decrease the pain. This is often a short-term oriented view that has negative consequences for the future.
Considering all the seven sins:
1- Money – Many people are living above their living costs. This is normal desire to have and in a way it is a problem of calculation. People believe that they need more money to buy more and other things in their lives. However, when they finally get the money, they realize that the list of their desires in much larger that they could pay for, so they end up in debt again and wanting event more money.
2- Materialism – We are constantly trying to buy happiness with material goods or services. Consider your next big desired purchase. What is it? Chances are it is something that you are convinced that will increase your general state of wellbeing (aka, Happiness).
3- Addictions – All addictions exist because of personal desire to increase pleasure or to mask pain, which these addictions often create. Most common additions are smoking, drinking, drugs as well as connected to food leading to next sin obesity.
4- Obesity – Humans were created or evolved with pre-disposition to desire more sugary, salty and fat food. Todays industries realized that this is true and oversaturated their products with above health amounts of these ingredients, which lead to people gaining extra weigh.
5- Negativity – Happiness is a state of mind. It is not found in outside world, but rather inside of all of us. Being negative is a symptom of an unhappy person.
6- Emotional wreck – People who have no control over their emotions, but rather have their emotions control their lives are indeed letting the world control them and the world will not always pursuit your self-interest.
7- Being Unfriendly – People often say to be too shy, afraid of other people or purposefully disconnect from other people, which all contributes to social separation and having less friends. People do this they attempt to avoid the pain which could possible come from interactions with these people.
Theses are in fact all negative symptoms of a higher problem, which is pleasure or pain. So how should we indeed live to avoid the since of consumption?
Ideally we should live by our objectives, or goals and our inspirations. By making goals and pursuing them, there should be no time to do anything else that distracts us.
We will be always tempted to do something else but created enough pain to make the things that mater and avoid the things that stand in a way of happiness is the way to go.