Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?
Dr. Meeks was excited – today was the day they were to open the ark.
The ark had been pulled from below the rubble in the northeastern quadrant of the dig about a month ago. It was beautifully carved from rich hard woods but it was not ornamented. Clearly produced by a talented craftsman with simple tastes; there was no gilt or inset jewels.
The opening was scheduled for midday, right before lunch. He went about his normal routine in the lab and stopped by the cistern dig at the center of the excavation. There had been rumors of bones being discovered there but, it appeared these were indeed just rumors.
About 11:30 he made his way to the theatre where he was going to open the ark. The theatre had been selected due to the number of people wishing to attend. At exactly 11:53 he welcomed everyone and lifted the lid with little ceremony. Inside the wooden box lay a parchment. Gloving up, he removed it and began to translate the writings aloud for all to hear.
Meeks read, “Know thee that there be eight deadly sins. These shall forever be:
“Eight?” asked Meeks aloud. He scanned the room, “I thought there was only seven? Who knows the seven deadly sins?” he inquired of the others in the room.
The pretty young Swiss intern raised her hand and recited the list that Meeks had just read less the final one – Pomposity.
“Let’s investigate ‘Pomposity’ shall we?” he asked rhetorically, knowing full well that he was going to skip down to that part of the document. It was his dig, after all, he could do what he chose.
He scanned to the bottom of the list to read about the eighth deadly sin.
“… And the last of these is Pomposity.
Though shalt not construct McMansions or other ostentatious dwellings in which to live. Do not dress flamboyantly or wear fancy hats without good reason to do so. Spurn any attempts by others to sound trumpets, drums, or strings when you enter a room – excepting when it is on your birthday. Take not a trophy wife unless you marry her first and keep her always. Choose a chariot which is functional, not shiny, and makes only a small rumble on the highway. Avoid the temptation to over-decorate at Christmas.”
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