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Ironically in todays God fearing society evil manifests itself more and more often in the hearts of decent men Daily neighbors and friends commit small acts of immorality as well as unspeakable crimes At one time or another everyone strays from the straight and narrow path of excellence and holiness Whether it be gluttony greed sloth envy wrath pride or lust everyone gives in to the evil nature of man kind Henry David Thoreau believed that sin is necessary to the development of the soul When Thoreau wrote We cannot well do without out sins they are the highway of our virtue he illustrated the idea that sin develops virtue as well as delivers one from despair monotony and even immorality It is indeed the sinner who is truly virtuous Sins are the tools with which one builds the foundation of his or her life Sins compel one to become a better person In order to obtain a place in Heaven people will set impossible goals and expectations for themselves These people pay the price of despair for setting an impossible aim The corrupt or evil man will never practice the sin of despair The evil and corrupt always have hope because their goals are realistic and very attainable However the innocent will never achieve the holiness they strive for and will continue to live in a world of despair Through his sins the evil man relieves himself of his burdens and frees himself to pursue his goals Only the man of goodwill carries the capacity for damnation in his heart And as long as the good hold on to their fears of damnation they sentence themselves to a life time of inessential servitude and an eternity of desperation As Thoreau claimed what is termed sin is an essential element of progress Without it the world would stagnate grow old or become flavorless By its curiosity sin increases
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