The Fifth World
7 Deadly Vices
An envious person is never satisfied with what she has. No matter her wealth, status or accomplishments, there is always someone else who seems to have more, and it’s coveted. Envious characters are never secure or content with their place in life. They always measure themselves against their rivals and look for ways to get what they deserve. They might be considered paranoid or just consumed by a self loathing that they project onto others.
Other Names: Covetousness, jealousy, paranoia
Possessed by: Celebrities, executives, politicians
Gluttony is about indulging appetites to the exclusion of everything else. ItÕs about dedicating oneself to sensual pleasures or chasing the next high. A glutton makes any sacrifice to feed his insatiable appetite for pleasure, regardless of the cost to himself or those around him. He might be considered a junky or even a kleptomaniac (he steals things he doesnÕt need just for the thrill of it).
Other Names: Addictive personality, conspicuous consumer, epicurean
Possessed by: Celebrities, junkies, thieves
Like the envious, the greedy are never satisfied with what they have. They want more – more money, a bigger house, more status or influence – no matter that they may already have more than they can possibly handle. Everything is taken to excess. To the greedy, there is no such thing as having too much. If that means snatching someone else’s hard-earned reward just to feather one’s own nest, well, that’s the way it goes.
Other Names: Avarice, parsimony
Possessed by: CEOs, lawyers, stock brokers
The Vice of Lust is the sin of uncontrolled desire. A lusty individual is driven by a passion for something (usually sex, but it can be a craving for virtually any experience or activity) that he acts upon without consideration for the needs or feelings of others. A lusty individual uses any means at his disposal to indulge his desires, from deception to manipulation to acts of violence.
Other Names: Lasciviousness, impatience, impetuousness
Possessed by: M ovie producers, politicians, rock stars
Pride is the Vice of self-confidence run amok. It is the belief that one’s every action is inherently right, even when it should be obvious that it is anything but. A prideful person refuses to back down when his decision or reputation is called into question, even when the evidence is clear that he is in the wrong. His ego does not accept any outcome that suggests fallibility, and he is willing to see others suffer rather than admit that he’s wrong.
Other Names: Arrogance, ego complex, vanity
Possessed by: Corporate executives, movie stars, street thugs
The Vice of Sloth is about avoiding work until someone else has to step in to get the job done. Rather than put in the effort – and possibly risk failure - in a difficult situation, the slothful person simply refuses to do anything, knowing that someone else will step in and fix the problem sooner or later. The fact that people might needlessly suffer while the slothful person sits on his thumbs doesn’t matter one bit.
Other Names: Apathy, cowardice, ignorance
Possessed by: Couch potatoes, trust-fund heirs, welfare cheats
The Vice of Wrath is the sin of uncontrolled anger. The wrathful look for ways to vent their anger and frustration on people or objects at the slightest provocation. In most cases the reaction is far out of proportion to the perceived slight. A wrathful person cut off on the freeway might try to force another driver off the road, or a wrathful cop might delight in beating each and every person he arrests, regardless of the offense
Other Names: Antisocial tendencies, hotheadedness, poor anger management, sadism
Possessed by: Bullies, drill sergeants, street thugs