Imagine living in a desert of burning sand. Sand so hot that any hotter it turns to glass. Now imagine that scorching drops of fire fall from the sky and the only way to escape these fiery flakes is to continue running. Now imagine that this episode lasts for all eternity. This is how Dante describes the 7th Circle of Hell in the Inferno. It is the circle of violence and in particular violence against nature.
Nature is by nature naturally productive. Dante makes the reasonable assertion that those in hell continue to eternally die by the same method they chose to mortally live. How scary it may be on our judgment day when the Lord of Heaven and Earth whispers into our ear, “Thy will be done.”
Dante Fast-forwarded: HGH and HnGH
Dante gives two examples of those that violated nature, the sodomites and the usurers. But with a little thinking many more can be added. If Dante were writing today, I would suspect that he would include the athlete that abuses his body with human growth hormones (HGH). This would not be a sin of carnal weakness like those that Dante puts outside the city walls of Dis. Those exiled from the city acted sinfully in a moment of heated passion. However, the athlete plots and plans his manipulation of nature. He acts maliciously almost hating his own body. He swallows a pill to corrupt his insides so that his outside will perform to a fanatical degree. The athlete forces hyper-inflation or exaggerated-reproduction which increases his physical power to the point that it harms his body. He seeks earthly ladders to reach pedestals to put himself on rather than honoring the Lord of his body with his body.
BIG LIE: “The only way for a woman to climb the corporate ladder is by being more like a man.”
This is not merely a male only circle for hell is an equal opportunity punishment. Our more fair and beautiful sex also plots and plans. Like the man, she also takes hormones to manipulate her body. Unlike man, she takes Human non-Growth Hormone (HnGH). Like the desert sands of the seventh circle, her drug of choice does not hyper-inflate her natural body, rather its result is infertility. Rather than becoming more like a man, she becomes less like a lady. Whereas man is always fertile, she trades her flowering for career advancement rather than physical advancement. She accepts the greatest of sexist practices by swallowing another pill that barrenizes her sexual nature. She seeks corporate ladders to reach pedestals to put herself on rather honoring the Lord of her body with her feminine nature.
This is not to create hatred for muscles or a call to discriminate against women. Rather it is a plea to appreciate the beauty of our natural bodies in their masculinity and femininity. It is recognition of nature, an observation that violating and abusing our bodies with hormones has consequences. Some medicines treat a sickness but when taken for non-medicinal purposes these typically create destruction. The human body is beautiful and wonderfully created; giving it malnutrients does not yield a fruitful harvest rather it tries to reproduce what by nature is limited and limits what by nature is reproductive.
This is not to throw out athletes altogether. It is a proposal to seek the limits of our physical bodies without cheating. It is a proffer to be honest with your body, know what can be done, strengthen as much as possible by using our God given human nature.
This is also not an attempt to keep women down on the lower levels of management. If you listen carefully to the contraceptive culture, it is not trying to lift women up in goodness and beauty. It is telling women, “If you want to play with the big boys, you will have to deny your femininity which is inseparably linked with your fertility.” If that is what the big boys are saying, dump them. Find some real men who will honor your complete self. Women deserve some much better than being treated as obects. They ought to receive our unconditional respect for who they are, not what they sterilize.