The Seven Deadly Sins: Have Our Manners and Civility Always Been This Bad?

As an executive recruiter, I have interacted over the years with so many bright people who were woefully lacking in self-awareness – and yet they had no idea that this was a deficiency of theirs.  They would be shocked after interviews when they received client feedback that was anything other than glowing.  A lack of self-awareness — and a glut of self-importance – seems to be a virus ravaging its way around the globe.  I talk to so many people each week who maintain that civility and manners are at an all-time low.  This may be true, but civility, manners, and self-awareness have always, or at least for centuries, been a struggle for humans.

The Root of All Misdeeds and Transgressions
You likely have heard of the “seven deadly sins,” also referred to as cardinal sins which were thought to be at the root of all misdeeds and transgressions.  They are a categorization of vices that were originally used in early Christian teachings to educate and instruct followers concerning fallen man’s tendency to sin.  I include mention of them here because it is the attitudes underlying the seven deadly sins that provide a lens thru which we can view our own faults and subsequent actions, thereby providing a framework for much-needed self-awareness, a key aspect of living with certainty.

Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride
In the 6th Century AD, the sins were categorized by Pope Gregory the Great as lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Each of the seven deadly sins had a corresponding virtue – lust: chastity, gluttony: temperance, greed: charity, sloth: diligence, wrath: patience, envy: kindness and pride: humility.  These original sins were thought to begin in your heart and color your intentions.  Mohandas Gandhi highlighted the seven deadly sins in this way:  Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, science without humanity, knowledge without character, politics without principle, commerce without morality and worship without sacrifice – the polar opposites of living with certainty.

The Single Greatest Cause of Atheism…
In the 21st Century, Pope Benedict XVI pronounced that we are losing our notion of sin.  Quite frankly, he is right.  I think the Grammy-winning Christian music trio, dc Talk, put it best when they said, “The greatest single cause of Atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny it by their lifestyle.  That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Today’s American culture promotes pride and defends ego; encourages overconsumption and gluttony; advertisers encourage envy; and the depiction of lust is far too prevalent in TV, film and advertising. While I am not suggesting that a modicum of sloth and gluttony wouldn’t from time to time be a delightful change of pace for those of us who are far too busy and disciplined, there is real truth to Pope Benedict XVI’s statement.

Dishonesty, Greed and Laziness, Among Other Sins, Are Not in Harmony with the Universe
The consequence of past and present individual sin in our world has clearly affected the Whole.  The natural way of the universe is to seek perfect balance and harmony like a properly functioning ecosystem, an interdependent community of living organisms such as plants, animals and smaller organisms with their non-living environment that work together and create a complex system of interaction which is a stable home for life.  However, dishonesty, greed and laziness, among other sins, are not in harmony with the universe.  These negative traits and behaviors take more than they give, limiting our abilities to develop our purposeful authenticity and to live with love and compassion.  They also create static and imbalance in your life through their failure to generate harmonic energy. 

Strive for a Life of Inspiration
As such, you cannot align with the flow of your spiritual power frequency or the goodness of the universe; you are out of sync.  And this is the key to remaining connected to your spiritual power frequency.  The bottom line is that we have to be self-aware enough to know how our demeanor and actions are affecting our lives and the lives of those around us. We also have to know what we want and how we’re going to get there. Living a life of inspiration through an evolved level of consciousness allows you to revel in the deep-soul joy-laden journey that is your life rather than struggling toward a nebulous destination that you have arbitrarily labeled “happiness.”  The joy and fulfillment experienced through the living with certainty lifestyle can be likened to the difference between living your life in black and white versus full-color high-definition.  Living with Certainty is intended to put you on a mind and soul-opening trajectory that ultimately will lead you to deep-soul joy which is naturally attained when we experience our spiritual and Earthly, day-to-day lives in alignment with one another.  

If we all lived this way, civility, good manners, compassion, and love, just for starters, would multiple exponentially across the globe .

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