Vice of Choice

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Vices equal failings and—according to Mirriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary—moral ones.

In vice, people commit one of the seven deadly sins—also known as the “cardinal vices:” wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Each of the seven deadly sins has consequences.

But what if you could undertake just one vice without any negative side effects?

What would you choose?

I don’t struggle with anger, materialism doesn’t color my thoughts, calling me “lazy” spurs me to further action, I’m confident but not arrogant, I’m as red-blooded as the next human but not more so, and I tend to support and admire others over coveting what they’ve done or acquired.

Ah, but food—I’ve always struggled with food.

I’d choose gluttony.

Fortunately, recent changes have helped my insatiability, but I could regularly eat far more than I should. And I’m no gourmet—give me pizza and cookies and bread and queso and chips over foie gras any day. (Remember my last meal?) Given the chance, I’d always eat the entire pizza. Happily I’d finish the full box of cookies.

No exaggeration.

But eating like that makes me feel ill. Physically drained. Mentally sluggish. Puffy and achy. Unable to sleep. And the more horrible food I eat, the more horrible food I want. It’s a cycle of insatiability.

I just can’t eat like that. So I don’t. (And making changes has made a world of difference. I don’t even crave that stuff anymore. Although I’m sure it’d be amazing if I started eating it again.)

But that’s me.

What would be your vice of choice?