So if you've been following along with this series, this final entry will be no surprise to you. The other six 'deadly sins' have been covered already, so PRIDE was the obvious end to the list. Just to recap, here are the other six in the order that I ranked them, from best to worst. Or at least, from the least bad to the worst.
It's philosophy of people. A little bit of science; a little bit of opinion.
Here we are at the second to last entry in this series. And while I am ranking the deadly sins from best to worst, this is an odd one, because I think it's a necessary evil, but still incredibly destructive.
While I don't believe wrath or anger is the worst of the sins, it's probably the deadliest, depending on how you measure that, of course. Sure, if you count disease or car accidents, they'll kill more than murder, but those can't usually be directly attributed to one of the deadly sins.
Last week I did my best to represent sloth, but this week we're talking about envy and jealousy - desperately wanting what other people have or thinking that someone else is getting better than you and trying to bring them back down to where you are. Jealousy might be closer to greed, which I think is worse than envy, (so I haven't covered it yet!) but they're arguably close enough to be lumped together.
Lust is one of those 'deadly sins' that's more of a throwback to a bygone era.
Tell that to my divorced parents!
Sure, infidelity is a relationship killer (and the source of many a spouse's death, I'm sure), but many times it's not even 'lust', but 'pride' driving the cheater. It's proving that you're still attractive, or that you CAN.
Terraforming has long been a topic of sci-fi stories. The idea is if we're going to live on another planet, we need to make it comfortable for humans. While we are incredibly adaptable, we don't like changes in climate very much. Technology helps with things like air conditioning, but what if we could actually control the weather?
When I was in high school, I came across a poem about death that starts (read the full poem here):
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.
These days it's pretty hard to be a functioning member of society and also be 'off the grid'. Credit card purchases have been tracked for years, but now pretty much everything we do is monitored and cataloged and sold to advertisers who want to know everything there is to know about you. And now it appears that those 'free apps' we use are even listening to our conversations.
All good things must come to an end. Capitalism is an amazing system for creating efficiency in society. It's not the best for humanitarian needs, but it capitalizes (pun intended) on humanity's driving urges... things like greed, sloth, vanity, and contentment. Through these things, capitalism can find ways to produce more with less, and that will just keep going and going and going... until it can't continue anymore.