Recommit to Virtue: Part 7 of 10 – Obedience or Gluttony
Obedience and its attendant vice of gluttony are both about fairness. A decision is made to be either fair in all your affairs, or to disregard the needs of others and consume everything to excess. Obedience provides the power or impetus to receive justice. Justice is a societal, rule-based system that promises fairness in the personal protection of rights and possessions. Obedience is the price paid for this personal insurance. It involves delaying an immediate reward for a later greater reward. In contrast, gluttony is immediate gratification; it is over-consumption to the point of waste. It is void of all rules and fairness. Justice doesn’t apply to the self-absorbed glutton. Gluttony affects everything from availability of goods and services to a conscious disregard for the needy.
Originally posted on October 11, 2011 on www.childofvirtue.blogspot.com