Do you think stockpiling (hoarding) wealth is 'sinful'?

Do you think stockpiling (hoarding) wealth is 'sinful'?

Fewer confessions and new sins 
- By David Willey - BBC News, Rome - 10 March 2008

The Vatican has brought up to date the traditional seven deadly sins by adding seven modern mortal sins it claims are becoming prevalent in what it calls an era of "unstoppable globalisation".

Environmental pollution
Genetic manipulation
Accumulating excessive wealth
Inflicting poverty
Drug trafficking and consumption
Morally debatable experiments
Violation of fundamental rights of human nature
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Accumulating  or Stockpiling?
SunBowAuthor Commented:
hmmmm... you side-step.

In that case, I see nothing inherently "sinful" in either one.

For Accumulating - it would depend on the How you get it, Why you want it, and What you do with it.

For Stockpiling -- this would imply a preparation for a future need. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Hoarding on the other hand, is usually a waste of resources. Things just sit around, gathering dust, or deteriorating. That could said to be "sinful"

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SunBowAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
8<)) VG, It would seem you've nailed it fairly well.

I also admit to 'side-step' of (not) defining "what is sinful"
- then hedged on emphasizing the context of "Accumulating excessive wealth"
- hmm, and initiated with errant equating stockpiling with hoarding (my bad), where intent was more to omit/skip simpler words like 'rich'

As these seven are reportedly refining (not replacing) original seven (which had a plus for each minus, yin/yan), I'd guess that 'gluttony' would be fair comparator.  The over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste, a selfishness that essentially places concern with one's own interests above the well-being or interests of others. Alternates referred to as "seven holy virtues".


For your switcheroo of twosome (yn) to threesome, I'm reminded

1) Accumulating

- dunno (deferring)

2) Stockpiling

- Joseph, Vizier of Egypt

During the seven years of abundance, Joseph ensured that the storehouses were full and that all produce was weighed.
When the famine came, it was so severe that people from surrounding nations came to Egypt.

3) Hoarding

- King Midas?

According to Aristotle, legend held that Midas died of starvation as a result of his "vain prayer" for the gold touch.
SunBowAuthor Commented:
The Ant and the Grasshopper

  In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about,
chirping and singing to its heart's content.  An Ant passed by,
bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the

  "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper,
"instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

  "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant,
"and recommend you to do the same."

  "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got
plenty of food at present."  But the Ant went on its way and
continued its toil.  When the winter came the Grasshopper had no
food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants
distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had
collected in the summer.  Then the Grasshopper knew:

      It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
>> ...errant equating stockpiling with hoarding (my bad)...

You're forgiven.  oxoxox

>> ... I'd guess that 'gluttony' would be fair comparator.

You are going to need way more than 50 Points, before I even think of opening that can of worms.   ; p
SunBowAuthor Commented:
[just may attempt to work on it] closing to move on, may be relevant in part (or not) to other two, next:

Live today?
Is it better to live for tomorrow?
Thank you much.   : )
SunBowAuthor Commented:
But no one cracks about my example of 'heavyweight' ant squirreling away?
Credits: That was from Aesop's Fables, btw
deal.   : D
SunBowAuthor Commented:
Next time you're found
With your chin on the ground
There's a lot to be learned
So look around

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes
He's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie
In the sky hopes

So any time you're gettin' low
'Stead of lettin' go, just remember that ant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call
And your back's to the wall
There a lot to be learned
That wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin' that dam

'Cause he had high hopes
He had high hopes
He had high apple pie
In the sky hopes

So any time you're feelin' bad
'Stead of feelin' sad, just remember that ram
Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam
Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam
Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon
They'll be bursted soon, they're just bound to go pop
Oops, there goes another problem kerplop
Oops, there goes another problem kerplop
Oops, there goes another problem kerplop, kerplop


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