Deadly Sins vs Heavenly Virtues


‘Krondor: The Assassins’ by Raymond E.  Feist (Book 2 of ‘Riftwar Legacy’)




‘The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson (Book 1 of ‘Mistborn’ series)


Way back in the early days of my writing, I needed to find a way to set a ‘Path’ for each main character.  I believe the movie ‘Seven’ was being advertised, and the epiphany occurred.

We all know the ‘Deadly Sins’ as Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth, and Wrath.

Antagonist #1 is Lust, while Antagonist #2 is Wrath.

Not knowing a set of ideals to counter them, Wikipedia noted the ‘Seven Heavenly Virtues’.  As both sets were specifically associated to religious beliefs, it made sense.  The one thing that religion has attempted to do, despite its corruptions by power-seeking sources at various points in history, is provide a set of behaviours that would achieve harmony amongst all people.

The ‘Heavenly Virtues’ (arranged to offset the 7DS as per Wikipedia) are Kindness, Temperance, Charity, Chastity, Humility, Diligence, and Patience.

So the 7DS are the ‘too little virtue’ side. Are the 7HV the middle ground, or the ‘too much virtue’?


2 thoughts on “Deadly Sins vs Heavenly Virtues

  1. Though I don’t know for sure, I believe the Seven Heavenly Virtues were ones which any ordinary person could aspire to practice, though they might fall short, just as no one ordinary person was a personification entirely of the Seven Deadly Sins, though they might participate in those faults now and then, even on an almost continuous basis. So the qualities were ideals and negative ideals, but ones which people could actually experience in their own lives to some extent.

    • So they are the ends of the spectrum? Cool. I can work with that.

      While to-be-revealed-later antagonists are personified by their link to a particular vice, I have found one of my antagonists is actually a pretty weak version of his vice. It is more a case of ‘the one screw-up you make in your life, it has to be one you will never ever live down’.

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