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  1. 1. Sco77 Byorum
  2. 2. The 7 Pervasive Whims 2 Ω The 7 Pervasive Whims A Free E-Book By Scott E. Byorum
  3. 3. The 7 Pervasive Whims 3 α Books by Scott E. Byorum: The A.M. God (2006) The 7 Pervasive Whims (2008) All artwork, graphics, and poetry by Scott Byorum. Poetry excerpts from The A.M. God, by Trafford Publishing. © Copyright 2008 Scott Byorum All rights reserved. This publication may be freely reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or printed only in its entirety. It may not be sold, bartered for, or otherwise traded for compensation. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or printed outside of its entirety by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written prior permission of the author. Individual contributors to this publication may freely reference their contribution. Electronic copies available by sending email to Byorum@netzero.net, subject line: “The 7 Pervasive Whims.” Thank you for your support and the free exchange of ideas and knowledge while preserving the integrity of authorship.
  4. 4. The 7 Pervasive Whims 4 Ω per·va·sive Pronunciation: pər-ˈvā-siv, -ziv Function: adjective Date: circa 1750 Meaning: pervading or tending to pervade <a pervasive odor> per·vade Pronunciation: pər-ˈvād Function: transitive verb Inflected Form(s): per·vad·ed; per·vad·ing Etymology: Latin pervadere to go through Date: 1659 Meaning: to become diffused throughout every part of
  5. 5. The 7 Pervasive Whims 5 α whim Pronunciation: ˈhwim, ˈwim Function: noun Etymology: short for whim-wham Date: 1686 Meaning 1: a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind
  6. 6. The 7 Pervasive Whims 6 Ω The 7 Pervasive Whims Preface 8 Introduction 12 Lust 14 Gluttony 22 Greed 30 Sloth 38 Wrath 46 Envy 54 Pride 62 Afterward/Acknowledgements 70 Addendum 73 About the Author 74
  7. 7. The 7 Pervasive Whims 7 α To James Stuart For reaffirming that many of the best things in life are free, that life is short, and in 10,000 years this probably won’t matter.
  8. 8. The 7 Pervasive Whims 8 Ω Preface I was really exposed to the full force of human nature and its ability to create symbols both true and false (and inbetween) in my early teens. I attended a Christian summer camp during the summer between the 7th and 8th grade because my best friend invited me. It was a great time… mostly. Every evening we would gather in the bleachers of a great hall before a big stage. A guest Christian artist would give a lecture while he painted on a large canvas. At first, you couldn’t make out what the image was. That was the draw… the fascination. The point of his lecture reached a crescendo with the last few strokes of the image as it blossomed into its full reality. It was really quite a show, especially for young teens. Every lecture and painting was about Christianity, but on day 1 it started soft. By day 7, the message was hard. But it wasn’t so hard that you were scared; it was just hard enough to convince you to believe the word and the symbol. The final image was a white cross. After each session, the camp counselors would go into a side door off the hall as the guest artist would ask if any of the kids in the bleachers wanted to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. And
  9. 9. The 7 Pervasive Whims 9 α each evening, more and more individuals would tentatively arise from their benches and make their way to the room the camp counselors had entered. My best friend had already made the Christ commitment long before camp. He never pressured me into doing the same, but these evening performances did. Each night I saw kids going off to a room to accept something that I was told was a new birthday, a new relationship with our Lord and Savior. By the 7th evening I could bear it no longer. I was one of a handful of hold-outs that finally rose from their seats and entered the unknown room --- needing to gain knowledge; needing to gain acceptance. Inside, there were pillows on the floor with a camp counselor and a candle sitting next to each. We were each shown to a pillow and set to kneel next to a counselor and a candle. We were asked to accept Jesus Christ into our hearts as our personal Lord and Savior… and we accepted. We had become Born Again. That evening, back inside the cabin, my camp counselor gave me my own Bible and selected several passages in different books “especially chosen for me.” One of them was Proverbs 6:16-19, which were the basis for the 4th century monk Evagrius Ponticus’s 8 “evil thoughts” --- later refined to the infamous “7 Deadly Sins” by Pope Gregory I several years later.
  10. 10. The 7 Pervasive Whims 10 Ω My parents were appalled at what happened at camp when I told them on the way home, especially my mother, who is an Atheist. Over the next several years I struggled with Christianity and the power of its symbolism, then with religion in general. I have done my soul searching over the years and suffice to say that I am comfortable with being Agnostic, but only because it is the closest thing there is to a belief system that accepts the fact that it doesn’t know and doesn’t think any of the other religions have the answer either. Atheism has its draws, but it is as powerful a faith system as any one religion. I am fascinated with religion and its various symbolisms, not because of the spiritual answer they profess, but because of their power over the human condition… their ability to influence and shape humanity’s destiny through symbolism. Christianity’s “7 Deadly Sins” is one of the most fascinating of religious tenants, not because of their consequence to religious faith, but because of their power and truth in describing the main undesirable elements of the human condition --- aspects ingrained in each and every one of us; the ultimate detrimental factors to our success in life. The power of my spiritual journey, and of many others, I surmise, is recorded in my book “The A.M. God.” One of the underlying themes in the book is how these 7 very human and undeniable aspects of
  11. 11. The 7 Pervasive Whims 11 α our psyche both subtly and overtly seep their way into our individual lives: personally, professionally, socially, and spiritually. At one time or another, each of us has succumbed to their influence, at whatever level of power. They can be overcome, but they cannot be denied; no more than we can deny our very senses. For if we try to deny them, then that is when they gain traction and influence in our lives. No God punishes us for our indulgence in these sordid aspects of our nature; we punish ourselves. And if any Heaven exists, it merely weeps at our weakness… and smiles at our strength. Although the premise of this booklet has religious overtones, it is not intended as a criticism or comment on any one religion. I respect all faiths, for as an Agnostic, I do not have the answer either. What I have intended by collaborating with my network contacts is to create here a human examination and commentary of our key weaknesses, in a way both satirical and serious alike. For when we can recognize our core weaknesses, we can draw our strength to reach for success and meaning in this short and unpredictable life. ~ Scott Byorum December 12, 2008
  12. 12. The 7 Pervasive Whims 12 Ω Introduction Human Nature. Aside from the religious connotations and overtones, the 7 Deadly Sins are darkly fascinating aspects of genuine human characteristics. Nobody is immune. They describe the sordid aspects of our psyche... aspects we condemn and yet are guilty of ourselves. Like the virtues we so extol, our sins define us as well. We truly are equal. This free booklet is non-denominational. In fact, it shies away from religious interpretation, whatsoever, other than the base origin of the subject. Sins are often impulsive, hence the re- designation "whims." And they have weaved their web throughout time and human consciousness. Deadly or not, they are "pervasive." Each of these maligned, enduring human traits is detrimental to our success as individuals and community members. They adversely impact the quality of our personal lives, our professional performance, our social interactions, and our spiritual well-being. They capitalize on our human weakness. To overcome them and realize our positive human potential, we must recognize their incarnations.
  13. 13. The 7 Pervasive Whims 13 α In the following pages, real people interpret these unseemly characteristics of the human condition. Esoteric, eccentric, existential, satirical, serious… the people are real… the answers are real. How would you respond?  Lust: "You know you are over-stimulated when..."  Gluttony: "You know you are self-indulgent when..."  Greed: "You know you are greedy when..."  Sloth: "You know you are lazy when..."  Wrath: "You know you are vindictive when..."  Envy: "You know you are jealous when..."  Pride: "You know you are self-absorbed when..."
  14. 14. The 7 Pervasive Whims 14 Ω Lust Latin: Luxuria Alt.: Lechery I see black hair pouring past her shoulders Spilling down her backside Arms dancing upwards flowing Heat smoldering forwards from my eyes Young supple slender body slinking White lace floating clinging closely Fire blazing between thighs
  15. 15. The 7 Pervasive Whims 15 α You know you are over-stimulated when you cannot redirect yourself towards another activity.
  16. 16. The 7 Pervasive Whims 16 Ω You know you are over-stimulated when you click on your last link online and a message says: "You are finished. That’s it! You are all done with the web. There are no more unread links to click!"
  17. 17. The 7 Pervasive Whims 17 α You know you are over-stimulated when you get excited about the word and just keep typing.
  18. 18. The 7 Pervasive Whims 18 Ω You know you are over-stimulated when you keep seeing your company logo over the head of your lover while making sex at night.
  19. 19. The 7 Pervasive Whims 19 α You know you are over-stimulated when you can’t get your brain and your hands to sync up enough to type coherently.
  20. 20. The 7 Pervasive Whims 20 Ω You know you are over-stimulated when you cannot wait and pull out too soon and crash at a road junction.
  21. 21. The 7 Pervasive Whims 21 α You know you are over-stimulated when you realize it’s 3 AM, you are wide awake, you feel like you’ve been working all day, and then you realize that all you have done is browse blogs and social media sites.
  22. 22. The 7 Pervasive Whims 22 Ω Gluttony Latin: Gula Alt.: Over-consumption A feasting banquet laid out before just one Choice morsels calling calling calling Tongue slathering teeth Moisture seething free What they’re eating mine mine is feeding feeding more in me Throat moving squeezing choking pushing down Stomach churning colon working and free
  23. 23. The 7 Pervasive Whims 23 α You know you are self-indulgent when you look at your credit card bill.
  24. 24. The 7 Pervasive Whims 24 Ω You know you are self-indulgent when you want to answer really big questions beyond your vocabulary.
  25. 25. The 7 Pervasive Whims 25 α You know you are self-indulgent when all you can think about is what you want next to increase you pleasure.
  26. 26. The 7 Pervasive Whims 26 Ω You know you are self-indulgent when you complain in a tiny whine that the champagne in which your feet are soaking for your weekly pedicure is of an inferior vintage to the champagne you have been served.
  27. 27. The 7 Pervasive Whims 27 α You know you are self-indulgent when you stop to fill up your vehicle with gasoline and you also buy two bags of potato chips as a snack, when in reality you should be having none at all.
  28. 28. The 7 Pervasive Whims 28 Ω You know you are self-indulgent when you spend a trillion dollars on your private little war.
  29. 29. The 7 Pervasive Whims 29 α You know you are self-indulgent when you eat a fabulous dinner and then decide to order a piece of cheesecake to go for later. But as soon as you get in the car, you start nibbling on the cheesecake (with your fingers) and even though you are too full you eat the entire thing before you get home.
  30. 30. The 7 Pervasive Whims 30 Ω Greed Latin: Avaritia Alt.: Avarice, Covetousness What I have is less than what I want What I want is to have more of what I have And when I gather what I hunt It’s not near enough What I need I want more for what I have I keep it in my pillow But I don’t sleep like I want
  31. 31. The 7 Pervasive Whims 31 α You know you are greedy when you can’t ever seem to spare money for a charity or donation collection jar, you don’t seem to have a moment ever to volunteer, and yet, if the collection drive or the volunteer cause was for you, you would expect everyone to come clamoring to help.
  32. 32. The 7 Pervasive Whims 32 Ω You know you are greedy when you argue that the grocery store should accept your expired coupon.
  33. 33. The 7 Pervasive Whims 33 α You know you are greedy when you will abandon all values and consideration of others to make more money than you can ever spend.
  34. 34. The 7 Pervasive Whims 34 Ω You know you are greedy when you ask the waitress at a restaurant to bring you a take home bag for some leftovers and then you end up putting in all the sugar packets, leftover basket of bread rolls, jelly packets, butter, and creamers.
  35. 35. The 7 Pervasive Whims 35 α You know you are greedy when you are willing to make a dollar off the misery of others.
  36. 36. The 7 Pervasive Whims 36 Ω You know you are greedy when you can’t seem to do anything for someone else, without a price tag attached to it.
  37. 37. The 7 Pervasive Whims 37 α You know you are greedy when you want to make a killing, not just a living
  38. 38. The 7 Pervasive Whims 38 Ω Sloth Latin: Acedia Alt.: Laziness, Despair Sleep passes through the night into the day Day to night to day world turning Afternoon tomorrow floating through the rain Sun comes up goes down comes up in time Noises flutter busy noises talking noisy trill Actions pass me by I am still
  39. 39. The 7 Pervasive Whims 39 α You know you are lazy when you ask all your networking contacts to come up with content for your next book.
  40. 40. The 7 Pervasive Whims 40 Ω You know you are lazy when you don’t take a shower for a week.
  41. 41. The 7 Pervasive Whims 41 α You know you are lazy you use the sink in the kitchen, rather than go upstairs to the bathroom.
  42. 42. The 7 Pervasive Whims 42 Ω You know you are lazy when you consistently fail to do what you are good at doing.
  43. 43. The 7 Pervasive Whims 43 α You know you are lazy when you don’t even bother asking someone else to use the remote to change the TV channel you are not enjoying.
  44. 44. The 7 Pervasive Whims 44 Ω You know you are lazy when you become notorious for saying: “while you are up...”
  45. 45. The 7 Pervasive Whims 45 α You know you are lazy when, eh...
  46. 46. The 7 Pervasive Whims 46 Ω WRATH Latin: Ira Alt.: Anger, Rage I feel the weight chill shiny tool within my hand Tool to work the red blur within my mind Tool thrusting forward Finger squeezing inward Terror in their eyes Now they are running pleading screaming Feel the power that is blind
  47. 47. The 7 Pervasive Whims 47 α You know you are vindictive when you can’t help tea-bagging fools on Halo 3.
  48. 48. The 7 Pervasive Whims 48 Ω You know you are vindictive when you start a viral campaign to destroy someone’s reputation.
  49. 49. The 7 Pervasive Whims 49 α You know you are vindictive when you gather all of those cards for magazine subscriptions from every magazine you can find until you have a stack of 50 or so. Then you put the name of the individual you are seeking revenge on and their work mailing address on half of the cards and their home mailing address on the other half. Always choose the magazines that will cause the most discomfort and/or need for explanation for them. All they have to do is cancel each and every subscription when the invoices start showing up, but in the meantime the sweet joy of watching them try to understand/explain why they are receiving so many magazines and the type of magazines they are receiving... is priceless.
  50. 50. The 7 Pervasive Whims 50 Ω You know you are vindictive when you vanquish your enemies and drive them before you, deprive them of their wealth, and see their dearest ones awash in tears, while riding their horses while clasping to your bosom their wives and their daughters.
  51. 51. The 7 Pervasive Whims 51 α You know you are vindictive when you are pleased by the concept of comeuppance.
  52. 52. The 7 Pervasive Whims 52 Ω You know you are vindictive when you go all out of your way to fight someone who you know is weaker than you.
  53. 53. The 7 Pervasive Whims 53 α You know you are vindictive when you run a key along the side of someone’s car because he made a joke at your expense.
  54. 54. The 7 Pervasive Whims 54 Ω Envy Latin: Invidia Alt.: Jealousy* I see these things and what you have Where you’re at what you do who you are is better than me I see these things through senses full Smelling touching tasting hearing feeling knowing Who you are I want them in me on me for me now I want what you have
  55. 55. The 7 Pervasive Whims 55 α You know you are jealous when you turn on the rich and the beautiful.
  56. 56. The 7 Pervasive Whims 56 Ω You know you are jealous when you storm out of a bar on Christmas Eve.
  57. 57. The 7 Pervasive Whims 57 α You know you are jealous when you say something self-protecting and brilliantly catty, but feel sick inside.
  58. 58. The 7 Pervasive Whims 58 Ω You know you are jealous when you see her with another guy just after you broke up and you deck him
  59. 59. The 7 Pervasive Whims 59 α You know you are jealous when you flush the toilet while someone else is taking a shower. Then the hot water turns cold and you say: “Hey what happened to all the hot water?”
  60. 60. The 7 Pervasive Whims 60 Ω You know you are jealous when you text your daughter’s friends inviting them over for pizza and soda and then mention that it’s not important that your daughter won’t be there.
  61. 61. The 7 Pervasive Whims 61 α You know you are jealous when you’re not happy when good things happen to your friends.
  62. 62. The 7 Pervasive Whims 62 Ω PRIDE Latin: Superbia Alt.: Hubris, Vanity Fired filament flaring burning bright Flowing blossomed light speeding swiftly to the eye Gaze reflection in the silvered glass shines fine Back and forth light bouncing bouncing bouncing by Image feeds my sight into my mind Me wanting more of me and mine Echoes echoes through the heart
  63. 63. The 7 Pervasive Whims 63 α You know you are self-absorbed when you shout out your own name while masturbating.
  64. 64. The 7 Pervasive Whims 64 Ω You know you are self-absorbed when every thought in your mind starts with “I” and every conversation with friends and associates starts with “I”.
  65. 65. The 7 Pervasive Whims 65 α You know you are self-absorbed when the only interesting (and funny) answer to a question is yours.
  66. 66. The 7 Pervasive Whims 66 Ω You know you are self-absorbed when you Google yourself and become angry when some other person with your name is ranked higher.
  67. 67. The 7 Pervasive Whims 67 α You know you are self-absorbed when you can’t pass by a window or mirror without looking at your reflection.
  68. 68. The 7 Pervasive Whims 68 Ω You know you are self-absorbed when you see someone having a bad day and ask what is wrong and then turn their misery into a story about yourself.
  69. 69. The 7 Pervasive Whims 69 α You know you are self-absorbed when you stop talking and look up and nobody is there.
  70. 70. The 7 Pervasive Whims 70 Ω Afterwards/Acknowledgements Like all great intentions, this project started off seeming easier than it really was. After going through the ordeal of producing my first book, The A.M. God, I thought that this would be relatively simple by comparison. It wasn’t. It isn’t the writing. After over 20 years of practice, writing comes pretty naturally for me… as long as the ideas are there. And research… well, that has been my bread and butter in my day job for the last 13 years and it has led to several writing projects. The research for this was already done with the publication of The A.M. God. It was partly the art and the formatting, some of which was partially done and some of which needed to be created. But again, I’m skilled in this. There was nothing I really needed to learn or spend a lot of time creating to produce this publication. So what made this publication difficult? I mean, I had a few hundred freely submitted answers from my networking connections to create the content. Therein lies the answer: so many of the submissions were just so damn good. It was very difficult to pare down the selections to just 7 for each of the 7 sins… um, I mean “whims.” I would have loved to include every answer, but
  71. 71. The 7 Pervasive Whims 71 α then the publication would lose character, muddle its point. There were valuable network connections that I so wanted to include, and others who I hardly knew that I couldn’t help but to include. And there were still others whose answers were so relevant that I included multiple times. It was that very selection process that made this project difficult. Words are cheap and free on the internet (yes, there is a difference), as they are in life. But words that are carefully selected, and channeled into a purpose, into a publication, take on a value of their own. Sometimes they are worth paying for… and sometimes paying for them cheapens them. This publication is a gift. Sure I may sell a few more copies of my books or get some name recognition, but that won’t compensate the time I put into this publication. Religion aside, the elements presented here, based on The 7 Deadly Sins, are real human psychological manifestations that detrimentally affect peoples’ lives and success. They are our weakness, and as any successful person knows: if you cannot identify and address your weaknesses, then you will be a slave to them and end in ruin. The following talented individuals contributed to the content of this publication: Adam Hyatt. Adeyemi Fowe, Alison Diefenderfer, Bob Garrett, Cher Wada, Dania Roker, David West, Dmitry Polonsky, Frank Feather, Gerald Lo, Greg Poulas, James M. Koenig, Jan Simpson, Jenna Papakalos,
  72. 72. The 7 Pervasive Whims 72 Ω Jerry Richardson, Joy Fletcher Montgomery, Katherine Howard, Ken Rochon, Kevin Harville, Kevin Horst, Lee Schlesinger, Neil Jones, Peggy Brockmann, Phil Lidster, Ravinder Bhan, Ray Miller, Ronald Berg, Sam Brannon, Sheilah Etheridge, Simon Hamer, Susan Shwartz, Taryn Pisaneschi, Teresa Fields, and the incomparable Tim Tymchyshyn. Thank you all for contributing to my success and I hope your contributions contribute to the success of others, as well as yourselves.
  73. 73. The 7 Pervasive Whims 73 α Addendum* A question arose in my mind when posing the questions to my networking contacts as to whether or not to use the actual names of The 7 Deadly Sins. For the sake of keeping this publication on a secular level, I used synonyms in place of the real words where I could (i.e. “self-absorbed” instead of “Pride”, etc.). I have to give credit to one person who called me on my term substitution: Frank Feather. In addition to his answer to “You know you are jealous when…” he wisely observed and added: “Jealousy should not be confused with envy: jealousy concerns something you have, but are afraid to lose. Envy can be non-malicious (something you don’t have but want to acquire) or malicious (wanting others not to have something). Thus, for example, Othello is jealous at the thought he might lose Desdemona, while Iago is envious of Othello’s prestige or status. Jealousy comes from the French "jalousie" or "jaloux" (jealous), also the Latin "zelosus" (full of zeal), and the Greek "zelos" (sometimes meaning jealousy but more often meaning "emulation, ardor, zeal" -- and the latter can have a positive connotation.” The best laid plans, Frank… the best laid plans. =0)
  74. 74. The 7 Pervasive Whims 74 Ω About the Author Scott Byorum was born November 9, 1968 in Petaluma, CA. He currently resides in Windsor, CA with his wife Shandell and their pets. Scott has a BA in Psychology from Sonoma State University and certificates in Training and Instructional Design. He has always been interested and involved in art, writing, and music. Scott has over 20 years experience in management and the business world. He has expertise in business development, process analysis and control, procedure documentation, and skills training. He is author to numerous articles on training and leadership for bank management and directors.

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