On our journey to explore the Seven Deadly Sins, we’ve come to one of the nastier — but also most universal — ones: the sin of envy.
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We continue our series exploring the Seven Deadly Sins, starting with the sins of desire. So far, we’ve discussed carnal desire with Lust, and the desire to overindulge in the things we love, also known as Gluttony.
This week, we talk about one of the more problematic sins, the desire to possess what belongs to someone else. That’s right, we’re talking about Envy.
As I mentioned, it’s one of the more serious sins, only topped by Pride — the sin committed by, ya know, Lucifer. However, it’s believed that Envy was one of the first mortal sins committed when Cain killed Abel out of envy. He was indeed envious of God’s favoritism towards his brother and snuffed him out like a candle. From there, it was established that envy was, indeed, very bad.
Despite being considered one of the worst sins, envy is something that almost everybody has experienced. It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others and want what we don’t have. And in the age of social media, I believe — as do many psychological and sociological experts — that this tendency has only been heightened.
We’re surrounded by everybody’s successes, and never their failures. We see visions of picture-perfect lives on Instagram and are fed significantly retouched images of a distorted reality. This only exasperates our feelings of failure and inadequacy. We can’t help but covet the flawless beauty, happiness, success, and false perfection we are bombarded with on a daily basis. This, of course, leads to envy.
But enough of the big words. If you want to know more, give the episode a listen.
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