Seven Deadly Sins
we examine them now, the words appear so antiquated it is difficult
to take them seriously. To the medieval conscience, however, they
were very pertinent:
question is, do they apply to us today?
It helps to translate these ideas
into modern terminology: piggishness; lewd behavior; greed; arrogance;
laziness; resentment for another person's possessions or qualities;
Considered as such, they do apply to the world we live in and are
worth considering. Not only do each of these sins or vices or human
weaknesses harm a man's character and causes trouble elsewhere,
they make us ripe for outside manipulation.
of a vice than a sin, the percentage of overweight people in the
United States is a national embarrassment. Not only does gluttony
harm a person's self-esteem, it is a health hazard as well. Part
of the reason for this problem is the incredible availability of
food that we enjoy, and jobs that tax the brain more than the body.
Parents often teach their children that certain treats constitute
a reward for good behavior. Eating is considered a social ritual
as well. Many of our favorite foods provide a lot of calories and
very little nutritional value. At the root of gluttony, however,
is the need for immediate gratification, and this can be viewed
as a personality fault.
is becoming more and more acceptable in our society, thanks to an
entertainment industry ever-willing to push the limits to increase
their ratings. Our sensitivities are getting more anesthetized to
it, and that means we are becoming less sensitive as people.
Avaricegreed is no longer
considered a vice in our world of rampant capitalism. In fact, the
general consensus is that greed is a good thing. Our economy is
the better for it. One can never have enough. Conspicuous consumption
has become a badge of honor, even in a world where poverty still
exists and natural resources cry out for conservation.
Pridewe tend to admire
rude arrogance as if it were synonymous with strength. In truth,
it is a lack of self-discipline which real strength requires. Ego-pride
is selfish and creates men of shallow depth.
Slothit is easy to become
lazy in a society where parents ask nothing of their children and
cater to their every whim. In the end, laziness reflects values.
People who are lazy do not recognize the value of action. What is
worse, they might feel themselves entitled to the labor of other
thrives on propagating envy, but is it a healthy way to live? Envy
eats at the heart, destroys friendships and leads to foolish decisions.
Iredespite all the benefits
of our free society and the marvelous advancements of technology,
there is an undercurrent of anger in the United States. We hear
people advocating social injustice and war and religious one-upmanship
with the kind of hostility we would expect from people who are threatened
with the prospect of extinction. It has divided our nation along
party grounds, feeding on unimportant differences. Political opponents
define themselves not by their virtues or personal qualities or
even their vision of the future, but by their opposition. Common
ground is barely recognized anymore, and this is more of a threat
to our democracy than anything else.
vices not only damage us as people, they place us in the hands of
those who would profit from our weaknesses. Businesses not only
count on our greedy consumption of things we don't need, they market
their goods in such ways as to encourage it. Sexuality permeates
both marketing and the entertainment world in order to catch our
attention to sell us goods. Advertisements appeal to our pride and
envy. Religious leaders and politicians emotionally provoke our
anger in order to garner support they do not deserve for causes
that ultimately harm our people. Business marketing sugar coats
all our weaknesses and convinces us that temptation is a good thing.
Chivalry and self-discipline allow
us to rise above these obvious ploys. They provide us with the morality
that the business and political world cannot.