The 7 Deadly Sins Are Now American Icons

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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Ah! Super-sized America. Two thirds of us are overweight, four in ten clinically obese. Do we have a national metabolic problem? No, we are a nation of guzzlers: we eat too, too much food, consume voluminous cheap foreign goods torepparttar tune of billions of dollars per year, and siphonrepparttar 137404 majority ofrepparttar 137405 earth's oil into our gluttonous SUVs. We have lost all sense of moderation and balance. We live to consume and then poison our environment withrepparttar 137406 garbage such overconsumption produces.


Forty percent of marriages involve at least one affair. Our religious leaders, sports stars, celebrities and even a former President, indulge their libidos when opportunity combines with personal power. Sex has becomerepparttar 137407 vehicle for selling anything and everything, its economic value proved over and over. Desperate housewives and Internet pornography are not mere "lusting in my heart" but revealrepparttar 137408 lurid landscape we have developed that creates superstars out of those who exude sex and virility as if it were a talent or a sign of character. We have birthed industries and empires based solely on gossip, rumor, andrepparttar 137409 promise of sexually-oriented details. Plastic surgeons become millionaires overrepparttar 137410 bodies they rework forrepparttar 137411 goal of increasing desirability and eliciting greater lust inrepparttar 137412 eyes ofrepparttar 137413 beholder.

Are these sins really deadly?

Regardless ofrepparttar 137414 "moral value" vote trumpeted afterrepparttar 137415 2004 elections, few of us regard all manifestations of these sins as totally unacceptable. We may be tempted, we may fall short of our aspirations. But when we elevate such personal and characterological weaknesses torepparttar 137416 level of cultural goals, we payrepparttar 137417 price: a violent, dangerous, and self-destructive society that demands ever more aggressive security, protection, and policing, and produces a burgeoning prison population.

Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the effects of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at

Online Dating Tips

Written by Alexander Black

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Online Dating Tip #4

When you choose to meet your contact do it in a mutually agreed upon public place where there are plenty of people. Advise a friend of where you are going and leave them a contact number. Provide your own transportation, whenrepparttar date is over, leave on your own as well. If you should both agree to go to another location, use your own transportation. Inrepparttar 137262 initial stages this is always a good idea, since it's best to act onrepparttar 137263 side of caution. Your date should be making you feel comfortable withrepparttar 137264 arrangements. Remember,repparttar 137265 venue for your day or night out is a two sided decision, so anything that is being arranged, you must both be happy with it.

Online Dating Tip #5

Remember that common sense and good judgment get you through life on a smoother road. Donít let your dreams and desires override this one attribute we all have. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never be forced, tempted, or controlled into any situation where you are not comfortable. Life is for living. Enjoy it to it's fullest, but be safe and smart while you are doing this.

Authored by Alexander Black who is a practiced author and advice columinst, currently working on his second novel which has been commisioned by

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