The UCSB Shooter: Pride, Envy, Lust, and Wrath

Dan Lydersen, The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

Dan Lydersen, The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

The UCSB Shooter: Pride, Envy, Lust, and Wrath

The UCSB shooter is a prime example of how the seven deadly sins can ruin our lives and the lives of those around us.

As I read about the shooter, and watched his “retribution” video, it became apparent to me that his problem was a sin problem. 

It wasn’t mental illness that drove this young man to murder… it was Pride, Envy, Lust, and Wrath, which are four of the Seven Deadly Sins.

It’s time for us to begin facing the fact that we — as individuals and as a society — have a sin problem.

As Neil Postman once said:

“I had a chance to give a talk to some newspaper publishers last May. They wanted me to say something sensible about the future of newspapers. I suggested to them that instead of organizing their paper according to international news, national news, regional news and so on, they should use the seven deadly sins and have lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, and so on, and then categorize the stories in those ways.” 

Santa Barbara Town in Shock After Mass Shooting: 


“Retribution” Last Words from Elliot Rodger. He said he was going to do it:



The Seven Deadly Sins – 

9780195119459_p0_v1_s260x420The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian, and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology

“All of us are engaged in a personal, ongoing battle with sin and vice. The seven deadly sins–lust, greed, envy, anger, pride, gluttony, and sloth–are our main antagonists in this struggle. They are primary causes of unhappiness and immorality, and because of their pervasive nature, have been of perennial interest to religious thinkers, philosophers, dramatists, and poets.

“Although our anger doesn’t make most of us murderers, our lust doesn’t make most of us rapists, and our greed and envy don’t make most of us outright criminals, they, together with gluttony, arrogance, and sloth, often make us, and those who have to live with us, miserable. One need only read the daily paper to see that these seven sins are alive and well, deadlier than ever, spawning violence and suffering, illness and anxiety, loss of meaning and depression. An arrogant yuppie considers suicide after losing his job on Wall Street, which had been the fragile basis of his false pride. A distinguished senator and a prominent judge destroy their careers and wound their female victims with their lust. Millions of men and women, distraught about their body image, subject themselves to liposuction, breast and hair implants because of their gluttony or vanity.

“People at the pinnacle of economic power fall into the abyss of prison because they could not control their avarice.

“In The Seven Deadly Sins, Solomon Schimmel explains why psychology must incorporate many of the ethical and spiritual values of religion and moral philosophy if it is to effectively address the emotional problems faced by modern men and women, be they believers or agnostics. Drawing on the psychological insights of the Bible, Aristotle, Maimonides, Aquinas, and Shakespeare, among others, he shows how all of us can learn from them about the relationship between virtue and psychological well-being and vice and emotional distress.

“This insightful and fascinating work guides us to master our passions rather than be enslaved by them so that we can become more humane and build a happier, caring society.”

See: The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian, and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology –

Elliot Rodgers

Elliot Rodger

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4 Responses to The UCSB Shooter: Pride, Envy, Lust, and Wrath

  1. apollonian says:

    This seems to be just another STAGED event, complete w. “crisis-actors”:

  2. The Isla Vista Killer and the Seven Deadly Sins | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views:

  3. apollonian says:

    Here’s a great story about “crisis actors” (specifically regarding the Sandy Hook event, but still quite indicative of the entire genera for any other event too)–gives an excellent example, showing a good deal about them, how they work, etc.–brilliant detective work too:

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