Downtown Developments: Gluttony the tastiest sin

For some reason, the seven deadly sins were the topic of conversation the other day and, being a "foodie," I seized on gluttony.

We all know that gluttony does not always relate to food; there is the glutton for punishment, someone who appears to need or enjoy difficulty, discomfort or stress and uses this need to garner sympathy from everyone around them.

But, as I said, I prefer to associate it with food. Gluttony seems to be one of the major sins we tend to ignore. Physical appetites are an analogy of our ability to control ourselves. If we are unable to control our eating habits, we are probably also unable to control other habits, such as those of the mind (lust, covetousness, anger) and unable to keep our mouths silent from gossip or strife. We are not to let our appetites control us, but we are to have control over our appetites.

All that being said, all one has to do is visit a buffet to watch gluttony in action as well as wanton waste. Just sit back and observe those who pile their plates as high and as full as they can possibly get them knowing full well they probably will not eat it all. Walk by a table and observe the amount of food left on a plate while that same person is back in line, piling up another plate. Then make it a point to go by that same table or two or three to see the enormous amounts of food left on those plates just going to waste after the diners have left.

Sure we want to get our money's worth, but I'm also pretty sure we all know our capacity. So why take more than we know we can eat and let it go to waste? After it is on your plate, it cannot be used for anything but garbage or compost if you leave it behind. At least leftover food still in the serving containers can be donated to places like the Salvation Army in some states. I'm not sure about South Carolina, but I know Georgia accepts leftovers to feed their hungry visitors; at least they did a few years ago.

Besides all the waste, the overuse of the fork has caused the death of many, especially in our country where the abundance of delicious food abounds. Food has become the god of millions. I'm guilty of this to a point, but overeating causes many maladies of which I am sure everyone is aware.

There is nothing wrong with savoring your food or being excited by something new to taste, but it should be done in moderation and by considering the wastefulness while you are doing it.

Don't be one of those lined up at the buffet line as one of my friends puts it: like hogs at a trough. Don't be one of those who piles your plate high, knowing you are not going to eat it.

Remember, gluttony is a deadly sin.