Experience and observation says that black and white do not exist in isolation; the colour of reality is ‘grey’. Everyone has an inherent goodness and everyone has a flaw. There are multiple external and internal factors that govern the process of black and white merger over the years and decide the final shade of grey in each individual. What’s intriguing is the fact that the process does not have a clear ‘completion date’. Its continuous that terminates only at the end of life. People change and society evolves.
Having said that, I find it hard to ignore or deny the existence of one extremely positive or negative element in each human which usually does not change with time; a particular characteristic which stands out and at times become an inseparable part of the personality. Surprisingly, many people manage to just go on with life without ever being truly aware of it; this could lead to some serious mistakes or losses during their lifetime.
Many ancient scriptures about life and human nature discuss seven deadly sins. There are specifically identified seven negative personality traits which, if harbored and nurtured by humans, can result in regrettable repercussions. The more I look around, the more certain I become of a possibility that each of us, at some point of time in life, has been a slave to one of the deadly sins. The intensity may vary; the time period of the infection may vary. It’s uncanny how none of us is free from the temptation of the deadly sins. These sins have their genesis in a simple human desire to find and follow an easier route. The right path that leads us away from sins is excruciatingly difficult. The sinful path is usually convenient and hence, tempting. And we, mere mortals, fall for it. There is an unbelievable amount of willpower and patience required to control our senses and subsequently conquer our sins.
Interestingly, no one is ever infected by all seven at once. There is always one that dominates and that eventually leads to bigger losses in life than all other vices, foes, misfortunes and disasters put together in the span of a lifetime. Everyone has a sin; that sometimes defines or significantly alters the life choices, decisions and the ultimate life path.