Depravity, an Answer

Man is no longer subject to an original sin.

No, he’s sinned quite enough on his own to go far beyond what an Adam may or may not have done.

He walks the streets full of money and glances this way or that but not down to where his money might be spent.

-To fill the empty void in another’s life with drink and drug and possibly the warm blanket: proving the beggar no greater than the man walking, for the man walking is fueled by substance as well.

He and his family (if he has one) all walk while empty inside, trying to fill themselves with pulsing, flashing, instantaneous media. They hide behind their screen, almost-tickled by dopamine, while Mom and Dad take a cold one after a day run by warm ones and a few breaks filled with smoky ones.

And the world is filled with varying levels of success, yet all are depraved of what will really fill their soul and leave them sated with light.

Written in response to The Literati Mafia‘s essay prompt.

3 thoughts on “Depravity, an Answer

  1. Nitin November 4, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I really like this. It portrays how we’ve lost depth as a species and settle for something very shallow though that increases our emptiness. It’s a vicious cycle in the age of social media. The need for instant success and instant gratification. The dopamine does tickle or better yet, scratch. Great piece!

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    • Chelsea Owens November 5, 2018 / 6:34 am

      Thank you. That’s precisely what I wished to portray; though you reminded me that I had wished to mention attention-seeking behavior as well.

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  2. therealmomblogblog November 5, 2018 / 10:10 am

    I really like how you captured this idea. It’s true, almost all of us seek for pleasure and fulfillment and relief from sources that take even as they give, yet we are so ready to look at others and view their escapes as so much less moral and acceptable than our own. And the world keeps getting lonelier, and judgier, and increasingly dependent on things that cannot satisfy.

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