Finally, we have made it to the deepest pits of Hell where those who committed the sin of Pride reside. Pride is considered to be the most serious of the Seven Deadly Sins, as well as the seed in which all of the other Deadly Sins stem from. St. Augustine had this to say about Pride:
“It was Pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels”
Pride is also referred to as Hubris and Vanity. When Dante and Virgil get down to this final level of Hell, they see that the sinners are destined to walk with large stone slabs on their neck so that they are forever bowing. Another source states that those who commit this sin will be “broken on the wheel”, which refers to an executions method used in the 18th century.
The How Stuff Works website describes The Wheel as follows:
“One of the most horrible wheel tortures was akin to crucifixion. The victim would have the bones in all four limbs broken in two places by strikes from an iron bar. Then, the shattered limbs were threaded through the spokes of a large wheel. Finally, the wheel would be attached to the top of a tall wooden pole and left out in the sun for days. The victim might be alive for hours, enduring the agony of his or her mangled arms and legs and the relentless sun, not to mention the attentions of crows [source: Hunt]”.
So how does The Church define Pride? According to Deadlysins.com, Pride is “excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God”. Another site calls Pride the “Anti-God” state while Aristotle defined it by saying “shaming the victim, not because of anything that happened to the committer or might happen to the committer, but merely for the committer’s own gratification”.
It seems that the definitions have changed slightly over the years, though the underlying message remains the same. You’re going to Hell because you put your faith in yourself more than you put your faith in God.
Okay, guys, I can hear you all giggling. Yes, we Satanists obviously put our faith in ourselves over God because 1) we don’t think God is real and 2) we know that the only person we can rely in is ourselves. The reason The Church made Pride a Deadly Sin is because they need people to need them. They need to make people believe that God is the reason for their success in life so thanks must be given or all will be taken away and you will be sent to Hell.
The Satanist knows that there is nothing wrong with Pride. It’s one of my favorite sins because there’s not a huge negative side to this Sin other than coming off like an asshole. I mean, being too big of an asshole can totally ruin your life, so I guess my word of caution here is “Don’t be an asshole about it”. You’re welcome.
Be proud of yourself, damn it. I’m proud of myself. I’m proud of my lighting design and teaching careers. I’m proud to be a Member of the Chruch of Satan. I’m also proud of my family’s achievements such as my little brother’s sports ball wins and that my little sister got into the fraternity she applied to. As long as you don’t become an asshole, you’ll be fine.
That’s all for this one, kiddos! Watch out for some sweet Infernal Interviews as well as whatever else is on my mind. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover.
P.S. I was gone yesterday because I was really hung over. Not sorry.