Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Was Dante OCD?

Seriously, though. How many freakin’ subdivisions of Hell does he have? Just look at Circle 8. TEN. FREAKIN’. SUBCIRCLES. It reminds me of how I organize my desktop. I have folders for personal things and school things. School breaks up into class. Classes are colour-coded. Class breaks up into quarters. Quarters break up into type of document. This type of overly-organized and meticulously micromanaged way of living may seem like hell to some people, but this is literally how Dante organized his Hell. There are layers on layers on layers of types of sin, to the point where some sinners are almost in a category by themselves. Like “those who betray their friends on the 3rd Friday of October in odd number years.” Good job, Dante. You’re almost as OCD as I am. 

P.S. Can we please colour-code Hell?


Breuna Westry said...

I think it just shows how sins are not all the same and should not be treated the same way. The same way that our judicial system does not treat all crimes the same way. There are different punishments for the crimes ranging from small misdemeanors to serious felonies. You wouldn't punish a liar like you would punish a murderer.

Sri Korrapati said...

I really like how he organized hell. His specificity makes it more realistic. If God were to organize hell as such, it would make sense to define each layer so special. Plus, sin is very relative. If you lie for self-gain, then it is bad, but if you lie to protect an innocent person, it's not that bad. That's why each circle is sometimes split up. As in violence: against yourself, against neighbors, and against God.