There is a reader survey in each issue of Vanity Fair. This month it deals with sin. Readers were asked “Which of the 7 deadly sins do you feel most susceptible to?”
Because I would have been unable to name such devious behavior, I doubt any of my readers will be able to. To jog memories or provide new knowledge, I will provide the list: Pride, gluttony, envy, lust, greed, sloth, and wrath. In this survey, the “winner” was pride.
After reading this list, I got to thinking about these “deadly sins”. (I don’t understand the deadly bit.) Modern life in the United States--as well as large portions of the western world--would be unthinkable without such behavior. Television programming thrives on it; politics is rife with it; cable news would be barren without it or have to deal with real news; and gossip would dry up.
Think about the current list.
Pride: no political candidate could operate
Gluttony: Big food and the fast food industry rely on this
Envy: Fashion brands could not survive without it
Lust: Drives the porn industry, among other things
Greed: Drives the financial industry, among other things
Sloth: checked out average US dress lately?
Wrath: Rightwing Republicans and Glenn Beck thrive on this
I, for one, think it’s time to make up a new list of sins (we can drop the deadly!) to reflect modern times. I’d keep only greed from the old list. Here’s my suggestion:
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.