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If you listen to our Editor-in-Chief, a lot of us are committing a grave sin over and over again and never thinking to confess it. In her new book, Little Sins Mean a Lot, she’s at it again, telling us that the bad habits we think are molehills are really mountains-in-training, with a little habit of procrastination acting as a “gateway sin” to sloth, and that both overeating and excessive attention to fitness can be rooted in gluttony.
She’s fun, isn’t she?
But she may have a point about what drives our sin:
I think procrastination is a manifestation of fear that betrays our lack of trust. We believe God has plans for us, but still put off doing what it takes to allow the plan to unfold, because we cannot perfectly control the outcome, or how others will respond to our efforts, or even how we will respond to our own success, or our failure. Quintilian said, “We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.” Yes, it is easier to say “this is hard to do” than to bruise pride by admitting, “I am afraid.” Because that is true, we stew in our little sin of procrastination. We wait for circumstances to force us out of this cousin to sloth, and then, finally, thrust into projects we have been reluctant to take on, we begin to make our efforts.
Okay, so fear controls us more than we know. And in this little piece you’ve gotten a teaser: you know, now that Sloth and Gluttony are two of the seven deadly sins. What are the other five?
Find the correct answers here.
Now that you’ve taken the test, you can enjoy this entertaining piece in the Atlantic, which names the 7 Deadly Social Networks, and not one but two bonuses. Enjoy!