On the Seven Deadly Sins

“There was this speaker at Derek’s school,” Mrs. Bowman was telling us, “and he kept telling the kids they should have pride. Pride, pride, pride. And while Derek was telling me about it, I kept thinking: Wasn’t pride supposed to be one of the seven deadly sins?”

“We don’t talk much anymore about the seven deadly sins,” Mr. Magundi said, “and I think I know why. If you look at that medieval list of the worst things that can infest the human soul, it turns out to be a catalogue of everything we consider virtuous. Our entire economic and political system is built on lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger, envy, and pride. Where would we be if we started calling those things sins?”

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