Step 2: You

Now – write down what you chose as the most serious sin in the previous step, and explain the thinking behind your choice.

You may do this privately or include your thinking in the space provided below where you can compare it with other people’s views.


15 Responses to Step 2: You

  1. Barbara says:

    Murder – no living being has the right to interfere with the existence of another

  2. Anonymous says:

    I chose murder because it is the only sin whose effects are completely irreversible. There is no way that the victim can ever recover as they have no opportunity to do so. Also, I do not believe that any human being has the right to “play god” and take the life of another.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I chose betrayal because in my opinion it is the lowest kind of point a man or woman can reach. Being unfaithful to a promise made, to a duty taken upon, to a person that trusts you is the worst possible experience that we can go through. Also, it is mainly not punishable by law in that it involves foremost personal relationship, therefore it carries no justice in its punishment.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I chose extremism because I think careful consideration, moderation, empathy, and compromise are processes missing or ignored by extremists and that the lack of these traits is the cause of many of the other “sins” listed.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I chose envy mainly because of the great divide between rich and poor. The media, the government and many other public bodies flaunt by report and other means how wealthy others are and this had led to murder, acts of violence, theft, intimidation, low self esteem, I could go on forever you get the idea.

  6. JoAnn Carbery says:

    i chose extremism because many of the other sins were not mutually exclusive. Adultery is a type of betrayal, violence often involves anger, apathy might be a type of sloth and so on.

  7. K.McMahon says:

    Violence leads to injury to oneself and/or other living beings. It can lead to murder, whether in physical ,mental or spiritual terms.
    Apathy is the reverse side of the sin of violence, equally destructive of self and other beings.
    Anyone who knowingly caused fear and suffering is guilty of the greatest sin.Anyone who consciously observes,ignores or condones ny indifference must share the guilt.
    All sin is a violation and denial of the greatest virtue/ human value- Love. Violence and apathy both destroy Life itself.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Betrayal seems the worst sin to me, because it violates or plays false to actual real human relationships, not theoretical ones.

  9. P. Brandt says:

    I choose pride because it fundamentally connects to hubris, which for me leads to all other sins. the placing of self prior even to the divine is essentially the violation of the primary commandment, the key to all the others – God is God and I am not. When i forget this, and pride seems to be the best way to describe that forgetfulness, it leads to all the other competitors in the list of nastiness which you compiled for us. Luther tells me that to break any of the other commandments, i must first break the first commandment.

  10. Colin Smith says:

    I believe pride is the worst sin of all. On the face of things, and in comparison to the other sins enumerated in this poll, pride seems like a relatively tame sin, but if you look at it more closely, in many ways pride can be seen as the root of all sin. For example, lots of people seemed to have voted murder as the worst sin, but if pride can be defined as “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority”, then is murder not caused by someone’s own sense of superiority (pride) and their belief that they have the right to take someone else’s life?

  11. Lucy Byatt says:

    Although it is hard to name one worst sin – and violence, deceit, apathy all come close – I believe murder is the worst since the premeditated and violent killing of another individual is a despicable act, itself motivated by many other sins named by Dante (revenge, pride, arrogance, greed, coveting). The gift of life is so sacred that its deliberate destruction is one of the most terrible crimes in our society, leaving the relatives and friends of murder victims to bear the agony of such violence for the rest of their lives as well.

  12. gabriella delgado says:

    I believe premeditated murder and rape are the worst sins because the first implies the murder was thought through and decided, which is worse than manslaughter. The second is equivalent to premeditated murder because the victim suffers and may not me able to live with the memory. It may not kill the person, but it ruins his or her life on the long term.

  13. john duignan says:

    Avarice is a corrosive sin, it eats away at any sense of satisfaction you might have had as to your own circumstances, it feeds off of a deeply negative self image and poisons relationships you have with both people and things inanimate. It further feeds such sins as gluttony, jealousy, coveting.

  14. I believe that apathy is the worst sin because it leaves you inactive vis a vis the world and the environment around you, and therefore you become a passive accomplice and responsible for whatever goes on, right or wrong. Of course apathy is strictly connected to hypocrisy and cowardice.

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