Sin [and vice]
This is not a website about morals or what morals should be, but I came across so many observations of people who were seriously mentally ill as a result of religion’s insistence on the fact they were ‘sinful’ – in other words so many mental models that were frankly totally screwed up! That it seemed important to look at the concept.
A long long time ago, a sin was any act that might be detrimental to your obtaining a spiritual experience. So if you stacked up on food and became so full your nervous system prevented you from having a vision [greed] it was a sin. But this simple fact has long since been forgotten.
These days a ‘sin’ is the same as a ‘crime’.
The difference is that a sin is seen to be a transgression of a religious law, whereas a crime is a transgression of civil law. Given that most advanced countries with a democratic system of government have a well established set of civil laws that define crimes, there is no need for religious laws.
There is no such thing as sin in the spiritual world, sin thus only exists as a concept in relation to a set of laws devised by a religious institution.
Thus if I, as clever bearded prophet devise a new religion called the ‘Turnip’ faith, in which it is wrong to eat turnips, then any member of my faith would have committed a ‘sin’ if they were found to be eating turnips, [clandestinely of course, because they found it difficult to understand what was inherently wrong with eating turnips].
What is or is not a sin is devised by men. The spiritual world from all the observations I have encountered of those who have entered into this realm is ‘sinless’.
The concept does not exist spiritually.
In effect, we commit a ‘sin’ only because someone else – [a person who normally is not democratically elected to this position of authority] - has decided some sort of activity is a sin.
The concepts of ‘Supreme Good’, the idea that men are somehow ‘good’ or ‘bad’ the concepts of ‘virtue’ and ‘vice’ only have meaning within a religious system and it might end up being the somewhat perverse view of a moral system held by an individual.
Furthermore the moral system itself may be extremely perverse in its definition of what is a ‘bad action’.
A vice is thus a synonym of ‘sin’.
So all vice springs from religions and each may have their own concepts of what they are.
Many of the ‘sins’ devised by religious institutions condemn natural acts. If we wish to believe that ‘God’ made all natural systems, then any moral law that condemns a perfectly natural human function is frankly bizarre – one might even venture - ‘against God’, but there you go, that’s religions for you.
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- Aurelius, Marcus - Meditations - Good and evil #003776
- Aurelius, Marcus - Meditations - Good and evil #003784
- Bailey, Philip James - from Festus I - Good and evil #018518
- Bhagavad Gita - No one who does good treads an evil path #004790
- Blake, William - And this is the manner of the Sons of Albion in their strength #001458
- Blake, William - Considerate age, my Lord, views motives And not acts #014597
- Blake, William - I stood among my valleys of the south #015777
- Boethius - The Consolation of Philosophy - On good and evil #015028
- Boethius - The Consolation of Philosophy - Since every reward is desired because it is believed to be good #003153
- Boethius - The Consolation of Philosophy - What you thought of as the entirely undeserved power of the wicked #014598
- Buddha and Nietzsche #003242
- Burton, Sir Richard - THE KASÎDAH 05 1 #018679
- Chuang Tzu - Leaving things alone #015080
- Coleridge, David Hartley - Oh! My dear mother, art thou still awake #007228
- Crowley, Aleister - Book of Lies - The Cry of the hawk #012902
- Crowley, Aleister - Book of Lies - The Wound of Amfortas #003380
- Custance, John - Wisdom, Madness and Folly - Discovers Hell #005146
- Custance, John - Wisdom, Madness and Folly - On the depressive phase #005169
- Custance, John - Wisdom, Madness and Folly - On the depressive phase #005173
- Dawkins, Professor Richard - The God Delusion - Conscience #014602
- Dickinson, Emily - Who is it seeks my Pillow Nights #014594
- Egyptian Book of the Dead - Spell 125 #007017
- Epictetus - The Enchiridion - 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 #013350
- Epictetus - The Enchiridion - 29, 30, 31 #013351
- Father Bernabe Cobo - Inca Religion and Customs - Sin #011758
- Gentling the Bull – 01 Searching for the Bull #011768
- Hardy, Thomas - The ruined maid #006052
- Jeremiah 31 #014593
- Khan, Hazrat Inayat - The Art of Being and Becoming - On adversity #002867
- Lamb, Charles - Composed at Midnight #005128
- Lilly, John - Confronting the Demons of Catholic imposed sexual hang-up #006053
- Michaux, Henri - The Night Moves - All too often I become involved in law suits #004031
- Munch, Edvard - Jealousy #010517
- Munch, Edvard - Puberty #010518
- Munch, Edvard - Sin 1902 #010516
- Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil - Every morality is a piece of tyranny against nature #003810
- Nietzsche - Daybreak - Christianity has succeeded in transforming Eros and Aphrodite into diabolical kobolds #013544
- Nietzsche - Ecce Homo - The concept ‘sin’ invented together with the instrument of torture which goes with it #013541
- Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morals - The exploitation of the sense of 'guilt' #013542
- Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morals - Too long the earth has been a madhouse #013540
- Nietzsche - The Anti-Christ - On the commission of sins #013539
- Nietzsche - The Anti-Christ - Religion is a profound discontent with the actual #013543
- Nietzsche - Thus spake Zarathustra - As long as men have existed, man has enjoyed himself too little #003821
- Nietzsche - Thus spake Zarathustra - When I came unto men, I found them resting on an old infatuation #003811
- Ouspensky, P D - The Fourth Way - On conscience #014590
- Plotinus - The Enneads - The Soul #002862
- Plotinus - The Enneads - What is evil in the single soul will stand a good thing in the universal system #002852
- Rimbaud, Arthur - Muscle bound goons The kind that rape the world #003834
- Rimbaud, Arthur - When the cannon’s red spittle Whistles through limitless blue skies #003835
- Romans 2:14 #014591
- Romans 2:23 #014596
- Rumi - Mathwani - A voice came from God to Moses #003173
- Ruskin, John - Extracts from Letters to the Clergy #005131
- Shah, Idries - A Perfumed Scorpion - Human well-being is the minimum, not the maximum, duty of humanity #008291
- Shakespeare, William - Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2 #013556
- The Cloud of unknowing #000921
- Tzu, Lao - Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know #003925
- Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass - I do not press my finger across my mouth #015776
- Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass - What blurt is it about virtue and about vice #018539
- Yung-Chia Ta-Shih - When the absolute Reality is known #011790