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September 10, 2009 / Katie

American Vices

A few friends on Facebook have posted a Wired article called American Vice: Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins, which I found fascinating.

I do take issue with how they define lust as “number of STD cases reported per capita.” I think that rather than indicating lust, the rate of STD’s would indicate inadequate sexual health education, which is a different kind of sin (on the part of educators, parents, and politicians). I would have liked to see something more along the lines of “dollars spent per capita on pornography and strip clubs” as an indicator of lust.

On the other hand, I was quite delighted that gluttony was NOT defined as the per capita rate of obesity! Whenever I see something like this I cringe, expecting to see obesity conflated with gluttony, and I was delighted they used a different measure. Though, I’m not sure I like “number of fast food restaurants” and would prefer something like “amount of wasted food.”

My home, the Seattle area, appears to be high on greed, envy, and pride, which I’d say is about right.

Anyway, go check it out!

p.s. Thanks to those of you who expressed support for me this afternoon at the DCOM meeting. The committee unanimously agreed that I am ready, so they are recommending me to the Committee on Commissioning! Now, the real work begins as I prepare for that interview.

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  1. living400lbs / Sep 11 2009 9:53 am

    I would have liked to see something more along the lines of “dollars spent per capita on pornography and strip clubs” as an indicator of lust.

    Or “condoms sold”? :)

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