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In Inferno, Dante deals with prevalent issues that are no less significant today than they were in the 14th century. What is the proper way to live? What is good and what is evil?

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In Inferno, Dante deals with prevalent issues that are no less significant today than they were in the 14th century. What is the proper way to live? What is good and what is evil? Why embrace good and reject evil? What is the role and responsibilities of the individual as a member of society? What is our relationship to time and eternity? What is true love and why love at all? What is the right religion? What is the path to our own Heaven and Hell? According to Dante, Hell is what society is when all its members act for themselves and against the common good. The souls there are condemned not just for their selfish motivations but also for the effects their actions on others. Dante's point is that as civic beings, we are responsible not only for our actions, but also for their end results. ...read more.

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Americans seem to be getting more overweight by the day due to eating food in immoderate amounts. The U.S.A. also by far has enough food and money to feed their starving, yet they squander this money instead on less important issues like war and building weapons. Americans are not the only ones guilty of such sins; most of North American and Europe are too. Not only are we Gluttonous, we are also Prodigal, Lustful and Treacherous; this would take at least half the worlds' population to Hell. People like billionaire Donald Trump, Saddam Hussein, Hugh Hefner and politicians would all be in Hell. Violence is a very large part of today's society. Violence runs rampant throughout our world: there is violence against other people, against animals, against ourselves and there is war. Nowadays if one country has a dispute with another, war breaks out. At times it seems that our society is desensitized when we hear about murders and rapes. ...read more.

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Dante's Inferno should be perceived as a warning. A warning on what awaits us not in the after life, but in our own Hell, if we continue to behave selfishly and against the common good. Some people may not believe in Heaven or Hell, but the truth is we make our own Heaven or Hell. Dante wrote, "To a greater force, and to a better nature, you, free, are subject. And that creates the mind in you which the heavens have not in their charge. Therefore, if the present world go astray the cause is in you, and in you it is to be sought." Dante was lost in the woods, he needed to look inside of himself but he didn't know what his personal Heaven was, but he had his love to guide him through Hell to his paradise, and that is what we need to find, because to love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. ...read more.

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