The Personalist Project

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Katie van Schaijik

#1, Apr 6, 2012 9:04am

Gregory, I don't get what you mean by the suffering that results from the practice of vice being a pleasure.  Can you explain more?

Gregory Borse

#2, Apr 6, 2012 12:49pm

I'm been teaching the Divine Comedy of late and noted in class that the 7 deadly sins are each a privation or distortion of some good:  Hence, their danger lies in loving:  the wrong object, too much, or too little.  Dante divides purgatory, for instance, into three parts that correspond to these privations of the good.  So, I reason, since man is made in the image and likeness of God, his animating principle must be love.  That being the case, vice must be the disproportionate (i.e., unjust) exercise of love and so a "pleasure" that we pursue to our ruin.

Gregory Borse

#3, Apr 8, 2012 1:11am

 My real meaning is that the greatest danger to the faithful is taking pleasure in their own triumphs.  Take care.  Do not fall in becoming complacent in your own virtue.  Vice has the advantage of advertising itself as against the good but in being a pursuit of the good.  The virtuous fall is much more devious--because it entices us toward the good through pain and then seduces us through our own pride in achieving our goal.  It's the Faustian Knot:  My virture is equal to any vice. 


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