VIRTUES & VICES
IMMORAL vs CHASTITY
Again we'll start with the sins. And, it would seem to me, that this is about the biggest on the list.
Now, that might be more debatable of a statement if the list included such things as Murder, Theft, and Violent sex crimes -- but oddly, those weren't on the list as they are in Biblical lists. Perhaps that is because they weren't considered as important to the Ancients because they were so commonplace. Or, which is more likely, they were considered results of lesser Vices such as Anger, Envy and Lust, (which are not on the list we are using, but are on other lists).
So, as usual, we'll check the dictionary, which gives for Immoral; "Not living up to moral standards." Well, that's interesting. But what are moral standards, and what are those standards? (Do you see the difference? If not, read on).
I guess to find out what Immoral is, we have to first find out what Moral is. And since we have it opposite Chastity, I would assume that it has something to do with sexual matters.
This is what the dictionary has to say; "Concerned with the distinction between right and wrong, concerned with accepted rules and standards of human behavior, virtuous."
Well, apparently sexual matters are only a part of Morality. And, there's those standards again, and what are they? And what do they consist of?
And we have Virtuous again. But that's a word that encompasses all the Virtues. Does that mean that Virtues and Morals are the same? Then how does Morals (Immorals, actually) get it's own section?
Looks like this is going to require deeper research.
Here is an interesting note that might help explain a little of it. The note (I'm paraphrasing) says that Morals is a middle-English word taken from the Latin that means "Customs" and was derived from a title of a book that was a moral exposition of the book of Job.
I don't think that helped much.
I'm going to jump some fences on this one and just assume (and you know what they say about people who ass-u-me) that what Immoral means is to break any of the rules or laws covering behavior. That, I suppose, means the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Dharma, etc, as well as all these Virtues and Vices we have been studying.
And, as for what the Standards are, I suppose they are what was just listed above. And for what they consist of, that is a huge subject that would have to be researched on an individual basses of each of the lists.
But what list applies to us here, today, in this country? Is it all the laws of the land? Is it the rules laid down by whatever Faith you belong? Or the lodge or club of which you are a member? Maybe all of the above?
I suppose, to the Government, it is the Law of the Land. And, when these religious rules were laid out, the Religious Rules were the law of the Land.
An interesting side note. A word included in the definition of Immoral, was Amoral. And an Amoral person is one who either has no moral code, or who doesn't understand the Moral Code as laid down. I suspect that these are the ones lawyers plead insanity for in court, saying that their client wasn't responsible.
So as it stands, I can't squeeze Immoral into this category, I will use another from the lists that might fit better against Chastity. I'll use Lust, since it hasn't been used yet.
Lust, in the dictionary means; "Have a strong desire for, strong sexual desire."
That sounds more like it. But, that first part, it seems to indicate other fields than just sexual. A strong desire for -- anything? Doesn't that sound like Greed? But we have already covered Greed.
Let's look a little farther.
Again we look to the original language of the Seven, and we find in the Latin that the word is luxuria, which means, along with other sexual vices; "Depraved thought, unwholesome morality, desire for adrenaline, or need to be accepted or recognized by others."
It seemed so simple. Now Lust is again competing with Greed, and Morality, and Pride.
Enough on the Vices. Let's see what we can do with the Virtues.
Here's what the dictionary says about Chastity; "Being chaste."
Of course. So here's Chaste; "Abstaining from sex, including speech, behavior." Speech too? Hmmm, I didn't know that.
Then it adds; "Pure, virtuous, decent, (and) simple.
So once again we have Virtuous, with the addition of decent, pure and simple.
It appears that these Virtues and Vices are crossing the lines all over the place.
It makes me think how God gave Ten Commandments, and they seemed so simple, so direct, so easy to understand.
The philosophers have tried to explain what we are to do.
The Religious Leaders through the ages have tried to tell us how to behave, and what to avoid.
Jesus came and tried to clarify our position in the Universe, with our relationship to one another, and to God.
I guess we just haven't gotten it yet. Let me restate that. I guess I haven't gotten it yet.
At least I haven't been able to make much of Seven, seemingly simple, rules of conduct that have guided millions, if not billions of people for hundreds of years.
All I can say as a finale is; I hope you do a better job than I.
As for me, I say, let your conscience be your guide.