At the right time and right place, every man is capable of doing anything. This statement reflects that every person has an untapped potential that is waiting to find its release. It just needs the right catalyst to reveal or prove himself. More often than not, these catalysts make us do things that were unimaginable at one point. These catalysts are visible in the form of Seven Deadly Sins. Let us take a look at each one of them.
Anger is a choice, as well as a habit. It makes you behave in ways you rather not behave. Ambrose Bierce said “speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret”. It just goes to say that a man only courts destructive behaviour while in rage. It is a state of being when you are barely in control of your mind. This state, if not under control, may border on insanity. It therefore becomes imperative to master your rage. Meditation is considered as the key to control one’s wrath.
“I want what he has” has been the cause of unsettlement in the lives of many. This want may not necessarily be confined to the material possessions but even Humans! Greed thus becomes the driving force for many individuals in life. More often than not, the notion “I want more” refrains people from stopping at the right time
An individual needs to learn to be satisfied with what he has. The greed for more puts him in a constant state of tension that does not allow him to enjoy the finer things in life.
We all procrastinate in our daily lives. Right from the time we hit the snooze button, to the last text late in the night, all are acts of procrastination. The “I’ll do it later” attitude goes against the noble idea of A stitch in time saves nine. Sloth is a sin synonymous with laziness. Having a healthy schedule and sticking to it devotionally will go a long way in overcoming the sin represented by sloth
If a man is constantly in a state of self-pride, he is bound to be an egotistical persona nobody wants to be around with. An overly prideful person can often be synonymous with a narcissist person. It is thus important that one keeps his feet on the ground and stay humbled. We need to be aware of the fact that each individual is gifted with talents that know no bounds. However, it is important to use these talents for the benefit of others without an ulterior motive.
One need not always state that lust is a negative feeling. Lust can help keep romance alive, even after years. At the same time, it can be the cause of destruction of a healthy relationship. Being attracted to one’s partner, every day with the same intensity, can help to keep the love afloat. However, when lust crosses the border of sanity, it can give rise to many unhealthy actions.
We have always felt that the grass is always greener on the other side. This feeling may drive a man to do things that are ill. Envy consumes you to a point where you are not thinking straight. You lose focus on yourself and are driven by the lives of the other. Every individual must therefore detach himself from the worldly possessions and try living a simpler life, in order to make a move away from envy.
This sin ignores the concept of Health is wealth. It lets you eat/drink things that you may later regret. These consumable items are, more often than not, ill for your health. However, one realises that fact only after they have devoured their meal. Following a healthy diet and having a dedicated trainer would help you control your urges.
No man is invincible to the acts of these catalysts. However, it is in your hands to let these catalysts affect you constructively or destructively.