Seven Deadly Sins

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Life is full of sinful pleasures.

The envy of someone’s status, looks or life. Lusting over a friend, colleague or stranger. Lounging like a sloth for days on end. Beaming with pride over life’s accomplishments. Gluttonously gorging on a favorite meal, past the point of comfort. Going off on someone in a wrathful rage. Hoarding wealth and riches into a personalized pile of greed.

From an early age we’re taught to idolize saints; but life has taught us sinners have more fun.

The United States has been referred to as a “nation of immigrants,” but the wrath many Americans feel toward undocumented immigrants often makes the phrase a misnomer. From harsh legislation to negative media coverage, immigration discussions in the U.S. are tinged with racist and unwelcoming remarks. (The So-Called Nation of Immigrants, p. 14)

Families and individuals who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are often portrayed as lazy or unmotivated — discriminatory stereotypes that can hinder the operations of government welfare programs and cause would-be recipients of aid to avoid seeking help. (The SNAP Stigma, p. 18)

While scrolling through various social media, it’s easy to fall into a pit of envy. College acceptance posts, vacation pictures, people generally appearing to live a better life than you. It can sometimes be a healthy motivator, but for some it’s a detrimental staple of modern life. (Social Media Envy, p. 32)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the graffiti that sparked conversation about IC Giving Day and the increasing costs of tuition in Snow Falling Down, Tuition Going Up (Online).

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