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Should You Make Your Own Commandments?

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady
Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

You have heard of the ten commandments.  There are also the seven deadly sins:  pride, greed, envy, lust, sloth, gluttony, and wrath which go even further.  Have you set standards for yourself as well as others.  It is easier

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)


to develop a set of standards for others to follow than to create standards of your own.  You can usually identify those that you set for others by paying attention to what “makes” you angry or feels unfair or by identifying what you would like others to do (knowing at some level) that this would make life easier for you.

In moral development, establishing a set of standards of your own for yourself is one of the later stages.  You can identify the origin of some of these by what you think you “should” do.  These are sometimes “guilted” on you by others.  What can you do make them your own?  This requires some introspection on your part.  If you don’t like something another person has done, do you feel it is right for you to do this?  Judging others reveals what we are afraid might be judged in ourselves.  It also reveals the areas where we might expect better of ourselves and the standards we might set for ourselves.  Do you think that you could be an example for others?  Shouldn’t you judge both yourself and others by the same standards?  Better yet, maybe you better clean up the messes in your own back yard instead of complaining about your neighbor’s.

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