The seven deadly sins, also known as the seven moral sins are the seven vices in accordance with the Roman Catholic theology that spur other vices and makes a person commit other sins, inspiring immoral behaviour. These sins in their typical order, are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. These sins can be overcome by the seven virtues which are identified as, in order of their correspondence to the sins – humility, charity, chastity, gratitude, temperance, patience, and diligence. These virtues are recognised to be able to counter the seven deadly sins, to be able to be close to the almighty, and lead a good life.
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS –
Pride – Excessive pride about oneself is considered to be the deadliest of all sins and is called the “Great sin” as it leads to all the other sins because it means the exaltation of self above all authority. Pride is also said to be the root of evil and the source of all the other sins. People with pride issues put themselves up in a stage where no one else can come close to them. Pride is arrogance and hubris, it makes them loose their humbleness. They start seeing the world below them, even leading to towards or defiance of the god. The counter virtue to pride is humility, which is characterised by modesty, selflessness, and not by self-glorification.
Greed – Greed is the excessive want of money, wealth and material possessions. It can also be the intense selfish desire for power or fame. A greedy person is never content with what they have, and they always crave for more. A vicious cycle it is, of wanting more and more of everything, leading to callousness, anger, and selfishness. They are always unhappy, discontent, and jealous. They can commit any crime to feed their greed for the pursuit of their wants and always remain unsatisfied. The counter virtue that cures greed is charity, by helping others, inculcating the values of sharing and unselfish love towards others.
Lust – Lust is an insatiable need for physical desires, excessively strong passion, and longing. Lust can also take the forms of lust for money and power, along with sexuality. Being drawn towards lust means losing touch with the innocence of love and emotions. The virtue that cures lust Is chastity or self-control which helps to control the passion and helps use that energy for the good of others.
Envy – Envy is known to be the disease of the soul. It is the intense desire and want for anything that another person possesses. The person who is envious of others is always sad, discontent, jealous, and resentful towards the traits and possessions of others. Often these people enjoy and take pleasure from the pain or distress of others. Gratitude for what you have and being kind cures envy by placing the desire to help others above the want to supersede them.
Gluttony – Gluttony is the excessive and ongoing want for food and drinks. It can be overeating and overindulgence in alcohol. This is seen in a way that this overconsumption by the prosperous can leave the food withheld from the needy. This sin also covers the sin of excessive greed, as a person eats but is never satisfied, and keeps wanting more leaving them sick and unhealthy. This can be overcome by the virtue of temperance which implants the desire to be healthy and to abstain from gluttony.
Wrath – Extreme anger, rage, hatred, or the need for vengeance all arise from wrath. This strong hate towards the other person is forceful and vindictive. It invites destruction and has the power to blind a person’s brain to such an extent that he can inflict injury and pain onto others. Patience is the virtue to overcome wrath and help act soundly by increasing tolerance and controlling anger.
Sloth – Sloth is characterised by laziness or a lack of effort making you resistant to hustle. It gives birth to unproductivity and failure to act and utilise your talent. It also leads to refusing happiness and light into your life, leaving you in a deep pit of darkness and sorrow. To overcome slothfulness is the virtue of diligence that makes you persistent in your work and efforts.