To habits of perception—what is our daily practice of living and how does this affect our perceptions? And, here I’ll mention Gregory Bateson, anthropologist focused on issues of mental health. How does the idea of sinful behavior link to mental health? In our habits, root word of inhabit, where we live, comes to the front. And this makes me think of habits of thought and the bad habits that plague us. We have become addicted to the neurotransmitter dopamine. This is the chemical that gives us a rush of pleasure. It’s the addictor. How do we become addicted to shopping, to scrolling the internet, internet porn, in particular, when the robot dope-peddlers, peddling insult, rage to keep us clicking and scrolling. Why, you might think the seven deadly sins were at work: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth.
They are. All fueled by a dopamine high brought to you on a silver platter by your white gloved valet, obedient, almost invisible, but held in your pocket, on your desk, in your work satchel. The web held such promise for weaving a fabric of what Teilhard de Chardin and Vladimir Vernadsky called the noösphere, a third wave of development where all knowledge is universally available. In 1993 when I got on the web, I was filled with this naive excitement. It felt like the 60’s revolution made real. In the beginning there was a feeling that the commercialization of the web would deastroy it, but how can you commercialize information? It has become obvious that selling our clicks and swipes through the algorithmic robots is just that. The robots do it by knowing what we like, what we hate and putting us in silos of desire, desire based on the seven deadly sins.
The diagnosis becomes a feedback loop to relieve the symptoms of sin, breaking the cycle.
- Avarice – Desire for Things… the addiction to shopping
- Envy – Desire for Other People’s Things…an addiction of misplacement of one’s own value.
- Gluttony – Desire for More…never full… an addiction to flavor
- Lust – Desire for Pleasure…an adiction to objectification of the other
- Pride – Desire for Attention…the dictator’s sin
- Sloth – Desire for Rest…addiction to indecision
- Wrath – Desire for Harm…addiction to dominance
According to Christian theology, the transcendent God, who cannot be approached or seen in essence or being, becomes immanent primarily in the God-man, Jesus the Christ, who is the incarnate Second Person of the Trinity. When talking about the Greek Gods or the Orishas of VooDoo or the many dieties of Hindu, they are immanent as opposed to the transcendant God. You can ask for specific aid from a specific figure, like—it’s helpful to put a figurine of Ganesh, the elephant headed, on your mantle when you are doing difficult tasks.
When something is imminent, that means it’s “impending.” Immanent isn’t a typo; it means “inherent.” And, eminent means “distinguished.”