Ball and Chain

“The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioning our characters the wrong way.”–William James, Principles of Psychology

“All of us are engaged to one degree or another in a personal, ongoing battle with sin and vice…Although our anger doesn’t make most of us murderers, our lust doesn’t make most of us rapists, and our greed and envy don’t make most of us outright criminals, they together with gluttony, arrogance, and sloth often make us and those who live with us miserable. Moreover, when we give in to our low passions we debase our humanity. Our failures to live up to the best we can be morally is as tragic as the unhappiness our evil causes.”–Solomon Shimmel, Seven Deadly Sins