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My two deadly sins

In the past week I’ve had two of my supposedly antiquated viewpoints on life questioned. I’ve really had to give it some thought. But I’ve decided… no, the questioner was an idiot and I’m still right.

I’ve always been proud of being a New Zealander, and calling New Zealand my home. I’m pretty sure 4 million people share that view. My attachment to NZ and to my kiwi identity were only strengthened by travelling overseas. They increased again last week in relation to nationwide All White fever. Not because I care about sport, because I don’t at all, I just thought it was awesome how we all banded together and we were so proud of our boys getting one goal! Even to the point of considering a national holiday to celebrate. (On a side note, it’s pretty funny how surprised we all are when NZ does something well!).

Anyway, the key word here is pride. I have it, and I’m not afraid to say that. So when someone was waxing lyrical about how disguasting tattoos are, I decided to display mine in an act of defiance. They grimaced at the Southern Cross on my shoulder. “Why on earth did you get that?” they said. “Why?” I replied. “I’m proud of being a kiwi. I’m showing my identity.” “So you did it for pride?” they say. And when I nod, they sniff and go “There’s a reason pride is one of the seven deadly sins, you know.”

Um, wait, WHAT?

Apparently, I’m sinning by being proud of New Zealand, and proud of being a New Zealander. Somehow, I don’t think so. And if I am, show me one person in the last two weeks who wouldn’t join me in hell.

I couldn’t get away without being obvious, and unlike some I’m a polite person, so I then sat through a brutal attack on the institution of marriage, and anyone foolish enough to still believe in it.

Not only am I a sinner, I’m a sinner who is doomed to fail in life and be alone and unloved.

Oh well, at least I’ll have ten cats to talk to. I hear they can be pretty proud of themselves too.


About writehandedgirl

Sarah is a writer who is passionate about social justice, feminism, politics, and cats. She is a columnist and poet and currently lives in Nelson. You can follow Sarah on Twitter (@_writehanded_) or read more of her writing at


2 thoughts on “My two deadly sins

  1. Glad to see you haven’t ditched the blog! If you are going to hell for pride and a belief in marriage…see you there! Isn’t being an arrogant individual a sin as well…perhaps it should be!
    Take care and talk to you soon

    Posted by Stephanie | June 29, 2010, 6:15 pm
  2. I’ll be marching to hell right along with you, it seems. I’m not big on the whole marriage idea, but damned if I’m not proud to be a Kiwi!

    Also, since I just stumbled across your blog via Books Down Under and have really enjoyed it, I wanted to pass along this One Lovely Blog award. You can pick it up here:


    Posted by Black Sheep | June 30, 2010, 8:57 am

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