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We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Eighth Deadly Sin Update - by Dave

Regarding my earlier posting suggesting the addition of "Waste" as another Deadly Sin, it seems as though the Vatican has caught up with me. Here's an excerpt from the current Harper's Weekly:

The Vatican released a list of seven "social" sins, meant to complement the existing seven cardinal vices. They include drug abuse, littering, genetic tampering,excessive wealth, and creating poverty--specifically,"contributing to the widening divide between rich and poor." Perrier-Jouet announced it would sell the world's most expensive champagne, priced at 4,166 euros, or$6,485, per bottle. Spokesman Olivier Cavil said sales would be limited to 100 members of the "super-rich" global elite accustomed to "ultimate luxury."

Although the Vatican directive doesn't use the term "waste", I think "contributing to the widening divide between rich and poor" nicely incorporates the concept. True waste, as I define it, goes even a little further than that, in that a resource is not only allocated to just an elite few...but even those elite few don't end up actually using it. That must be truly galling to over-consuming elitists...the fact that there's a limit to how much resource a single organism can actually absorb, requiring that a great bulk of their treasure must simply be "wasted".
I'm reminded of an observation to be found in The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, American satirist, aphorist and journalist:

"The only thing the rich allow the poor to keep is their distance."

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