Places that embody the seven deadly sins

5 Feb

The seven deadly sins can be symbolized by different places around the world. Although I am not a Christian, I think the idea of “Seven Deadly Sins” is a powerful concept. As such, I thought it would be fun to do a blog post on how the places that best represent humanity’s worst qualities.

Gluttony: Big Texan, Amarillo, TX, USA

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Globally, it is easy to find countless icons of America’s addiction to fast food. All one has to do is look at the world’s countless numbers of McDonalds, Burger King, and sometimes Dunkin Donuts. For the real, authentic experience of becoming a fat American, however, there’s no better place to go than the Big Texan, Amarillo, TX. If you finish the 72 oz steak meal in under an hour, you get it free! If you don’t finish it, or if you get sick, you better pay up! $72.

Lust: Akihabara Maid Cafes, Tokyo, Japan

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Anime is like marmite. You either love it or hate it.  I’ll confess that I lean more towards the “love it” side of things. There are few people who have an “in between”, balanced opinion when it comes to anime. Even the diehard fans, though, should acknowledge the harm done by the blatant sexism and commercialization of Akihabara’s famous maid cafes. This seemingly quirky, off-beat attraction undeniably promotes the sexualization of young women and normalizes the unhealthy lust experienced by legions of diehard Otaku.

Sloth: Cruise Ships

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I am not saying that all people who go on cruises are bad people. Certainly, it is pretentious and annoying how some travelers drone on about how cruises are not “real travel”. But come on, there’s no denying, at least a bit, that cruises have an element of laziness. You’d rather not plan an itinerary yourself, and so instead, you get taken around the sea on a boat full of amenities herded on guided tours on the occasional island stop.

Wrath: Tea Party Rallies, Washington DC, USA

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This is an event, not a place. But it’s a recent trend in American politics today, so I thought it could count. Hidden behind the superficial, thin layer of southern hospitality, the conservative regions of America have always had a vehement underbelly. It showed itself most during the civil war, the opposition to civil rights in the 1960s, and I’d argue that today it is showing itself full-force again. While the tea partiers are the laughing stock of the rest of the developed world, and of many Americans, there’s no denying the scary success their wrath has had. If only they got as angry at big corporations as they do with the government.

Greed: Wall Street, New York, NY, USA

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Inequality is rampant in America these days, and it’s largely thanks to Wall Street and their corporate cronies. In the last couple of decades, Wall Street has consistently and successfully fought to whittle down America’s middle class. The middle class has just got to fight back, and keep at it for longer than the Occupy Protesters did.

Envy: Walking through an overseas flight’s first class cabin

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First class cabins these days are getting ridiculous, while economy passengers (like me) are herded like cattle into the back of the plane into what seems like a smaller seat each flight. Some airlines first classes now have room-like suites with big beds. That’s right. Private suites in first class. Though I think some people over exaggerate the pain of flying coach, we all know we can’t help but be a little jealous.

Pride: Kijong-dong, North Korea

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When it comes to foreign policy, North Korea is that little immature bratty country which constantly threatens everyone else, but keeps missing when it tries shooting the ballistic missile at someone. It’s hardly a laughing matter. North Korea’s people are starving to death or being executed every day. But one can’t help but be amused at North Korea’s “Our flagpole is bigger than yours” move in Kijong-dong, near the DMZ. When South Korea built a flagpole, North Korea retaliated….by building a bigger flagpole.

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