I love food. No, you don’t understand. I can eat. All of my friends share this same sentiment. We even say we are “getting our FP on”, with “FP” standing for “fat pride”. But there is a difference between eating and overeating. To overindulge is something we all might have done on occasion. Ever squeezed in dessert when you knew you were stuffed? What about people who eat to the point that they cannot walk? That is an example of gluttony. Want to be utterly disgusted? Check out this woman. She wants, that’s right, she WANTS to hit 1,000 pounds. Gluttony. BUT gluttony is not only food related. Some people (we like to call these people “attention-whores”) thrive on attention and being the center of the spotlight. Some people thrive on fame and will do anything to obtain it. Ever heard the phrase “glutton for punishment”? Gluttony, though usually linked to food and over eating, is not only about food.
In my intro post concerning Greed, I stated that what fascinates me about the Seven Deadly Sins is that everyone can or has committed them without even thinking about it. Large technology companies like Apple get a lot of their revenue for technology gluttons. People who already have an iPhone, iPad, Macbook, but need the newest version. They need the best. They overindulge in technology. Gluttony.
How many of you are gamers? How many of you spend money you could be spending on clothes or food on your online gaming subscriptions? How many of you have been to midnight game releases? How many of you have ignored friends or family because you were gaming? Gluttony.
What about people who shop themselves into mountainous credit card debt? Gluttony.
What about workaholics?
What about animal hoarders?
What about people who take vacations every month?
All addicts are guilty of gluttony. Whether its cigarettes, alcohol, anything.
Gluttony is, simply put, overindulgence in ANYTHING, and if you broaden the definition to include everything that you can “overdose” on, we are all gluttons in some way, shape, or form. Gluttony leads to waste. People’s lives are wasted because they over eat. Money is wasted on products we don’t actually need, but want. Time is wasted searching for the spotlight. Try your best to live within your means. This post relates to the one about greed. We become gluttons because we are greedy, because we want and can have more. Maybe if we stopped overindulging, we wouldn’t be as greedy, and the world would be a better place. Dream big. =P