The Seven Deadly Sins were a list of psychological flaws possessed by humans, first identified by Christianity in the 4th century. Christianity was wise in spotting the errors, but rather ungenerous in explaining why they existed. Given that we all partake in these ‘fun’ behaviours, understanding what’s driving the seven deadly “sins” can help us to find balance and happiness.
Bad behaviour is not the sign of bad people, it’s the shape our unmet needs take when we are desperate for something. We really need to support and encourage an expression of our own vulnerability, after all laziness is really fear, while greed is a reaction to a feeling of deprivation.
It’s high time for a rethink of the dastardly seven.
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