In today's computerized, meme-ified, digital cyber age, it's important to use the tools around us to better our communications...like mastering the use of GIFs, memes and hashtags, which have become this era's communicational toolkit, used to share our feelings with friends, loved ones and, most importantly, complete strangers. BUT, they can also make for an effective instructional tool.
GIFs can teach important life lessons... I swear!
[The Simpsons](series:200695), great masters of all things philosophical and human nature-y (AND a bottomless wealth of some of the best GIFs on the information superhighway) are the instrument for today's lesson:
The Seven Deadly Sins... in Simpsons GIFs.
According to Wikipedia (and my grandmother), lust is a dangerous deadly sin characterized by intense physical desire for just about anything...even Homer.
My favorite sin! It's all about having too much. This includes the overindulgence of food (guilty) or drink (guilty). Though, if I have learned anything from The Simpsons, it's that overindulgence is OKAY (if it's beer or donuts) because your beautiful blue-haired wife will love you just the same, no matter what.
Ahh yes, Greed, the beating heart of Hollywood and Mr. Burns (though we're not actually sure he has a heart). It's the unreasonable need to obtain exorbitant amounts of wealth and objects. Although a greed-driven sociopath, Mr. Burns was fundamental in my understanding of good and bad, and for that I thank him.
I may be a little guilty of this one on occasion. Defined as extreme physical or mental laziness, Sloth is Homer...and Homer is Sloth. Also, Sloth is most Sundays, all Federal holidays, and any time Buffy the Vampire Slayer is on.
a.k.a. Rage, a staple in Homer's parenting. In the case of The Simpsons, this otherwise deadly sin has often revealed itself as a testament to the bond between father and son. Only Bart can bring Homer to his most blood-boiling level of anger... it almost brings a tear to my eye!
Quite simply, Envy is wanting someone's something you don't have. Make sense? I mean who wouldn't want Marge's thick (I assume) curly blue locks? You and me both, Homer...
Let's be honest; if you were Homer and managed to snag a pretty lady, land a job as a Nuclear Safety Inspector, then landed another 188+ other jobs, and somehow kept 3 kids alive and healthy for 25 human years (I haven't yet figured out the conversion rate to Simpsons years), you too might have an inflated sense of self. Pride may be a sin, but I'm not passing any judgement.
The net is a proverbial cornucopia of brilliant GIFs and their messages can be instructional...sometimes. Today, The Simpsons has brought some visual understanding to a life lesson. I hope we all learned a little something about the Seven Deadly Sins and maybe ourselves(?).
I'm curious: Which sin is your worst? Let's hear it in the comments!
Until next time, I leave you with this gem...