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Sins of Omission

We all understand the concept of “sin” as moral transgression – such as lying, cheating, stealing, hurting someone. Although it’s lost some of its prohibitive power in recent years, especially in politics, it still helps differentiates between right from wrong.

Closely related, yet often overlooked, are “sins of omission,” failing to do good when opportunities present themselves.

There’s something to glean from this. If humanity is to hold significant purpose in the world, our greatest failures might not be what we do, but what we don’t. The word “sin,” after all, means “missing the mark.” What misses the mark more than not fulfilling our moral duties?

Even from the Judeo-Christian perspective, from which the concept of sin arises, seven of the 10 Commandments tell us what NOT to do. The rest of the Bible relates what we SHOULD.

Surely, it’s not enough to struggle pointlessly between the traumas of birth and death – if it all boils down to just not being bad. What could have less meaning? Moral mediocrity is a betrayal that refuses to partake in the advance of human nature.

Life demands significance. We know that intuitively. Far better to contribute something better for the greater good.

 

 

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