A general definition of vice is a weakness of character and behaviour, or a bad or neurotic habit. Unless you’re thinking of another vice, in which case it’s defined as a mechanical screw apparatus used for holding or clamping a work piece to allow work to be performed on it with tools. (But not on this occasion).
We all know what we generally class as a vice (smoking, drinking, chocolate, shopping, coffee etc…..), but when you start to look at the definition, it’s a lot broader than you may think!
Using the terminological definition above, I’m sure everyone will find that they have what can be classed as a vice. I myself don’t smoke and I’m not overly worried about having chocolate on a regular basis. I do drink and shop but wouldn’t see that as a vice as again, I find it to be more of a social interaction rather than a need.
The fact that it can be defined as a neurotic habit does mean that I can still be classed as having a vice, due to the fact that I am a complete, self-confessed neat freak! I can’t stand mess, if I cook, which is very rare for health and safety reasons, I have to wash-up everything as I use it and tidy up as soon as I’m finished. This is reflected across everything I do both at work and at home.
Do I consider this to be a weakness of character or behaviour as the definition states? In a word – No. This is part of my character, one that may be annoying to others (I’m sure not the only one) but part of what makes me who I am.
So for those of you who don’t think you have a vice, now ask yourself – do you? You may be surprised!
by The Gay Prime Minister / Twitter
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