We know Herbert never misses a shot at a good paradox, and sin is no exception. But is there anything contradictory about sin? Isn't it just purely, through-and-through bad? Wait just a second. As it's portrayed in "Easter Wings," sin is a complex and multidimensional beast, responsible for humankind's greatest sorrow as well as its greatest promise. Why? Because, according to Herbert, sin allows the speaker to repent and share this Easter with Christ in rising out of a pretty grim world.
Sin is a doubled-edged sword in "Easter Wings": it's both good and bad, unavoidable and repentable.
In "Easter Wings" sin is inversely correlated with wellbeing: as sin goes up, health and happiness go down.