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The New Moral of the Deadly Sins

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The seven fundamental prohibitions of the Catholic Church can become formidable tools of individual fulfillment. We made ourselves the devil's advocate, because to sin a little does not harm ... On the contrary!

Violaine Gelly

They were thought to be forgotten, buried under dusty centuries of "guilt-seeking" Catholicism. Besides, who can still recite the seven deadly sins without losing their way? Yet, far from the folklore that is attached to it, they constitute a surprising means of regulating our relationship with others, and therefore with ourselves. "The notion of sin has historically had a religious connotation since it was a question of Offense made to God, shows Veronique Margron, theologian, and author including See the happiness (Desclée de Brouwer) But if we think in a secular perspective, it is first an offense to others, and an offense to oneself, even if their terminology is fundamentally obsolete, these notions are still relevant. "

A little ... but not too much

In the Christian tradition, the first to establish the list of what he considered the worst of the human soul was the monk Evagrian Pontic in the fourth century, taken by St. Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth. Capital sins as they have existed since then are not properly faults, but passions that cause us to "stumble on the road".

For Tony Anatrella, priest and psychoanalyst, author notably of Reign of Narcissus: the stakes of the denial of the sexual difference (Presses de la Renaissance), "in a society that denies the meaning of morality and does not always know how to identify transgressions or forgive, guilt becomes savage, morbid and accentuates violence in the search for culprits.It is the other who is indicted.That is why it is up to us to to think about moral failings, to accept responsibility for them, one never assesses one's responsibility to oneself but to a reality with which one has to answer ".

Here, philosophy joins psychology to make capital sins a method that can help men live together. According to the poet Paul Valéry, the perfection of man would be formed of the composition of these seven sins, as the white light is of the seven colors of the rainbow. A little sin brings us closer to us, too much sin takes us away from others ...

So we made the devil's advocate with Veronique Margron and Tony Anatrella, who played the game and unearthed how the deadly sins can talk about us and help us live better.

Lust

Disorder of the senses, lust is not only sexual, it is the taking of power of the (diabolical) body on the (divine) soul.

Today: lust brings us out of our own desire, which fades away from the insatiability of the drive. We are no longer in exchange but in possession. We can not speak of love feeling because we are in a relationship that destroys the link to the other and the right link to oneself. The lustful do not imagine that the lack could be the place of a construction of oneself and not only a defect, an absence that would make suffer. They are in compulsion.

The good use of lust: The sexual agreement is a foundation of the couple, a building energy in itself. Carried out with respect for oneself and the other, it is a source of pleasure and exchange. The enjoyment of bodies and the exultation of the spirit are linked in all traditions, especially those of Taoism or Hinduism. In these civilizations, sexuality is a means to reach the sacred.

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