While some areas notable for their “rage” are urban (e.g. Overall, the Midwest and northern New England are classified as the least “angry” regions.Another sin calculated in this study by using crime rates is envy (Latin, ).
In the Kansas study, the modern definition of “lust” as having to do with sexual passions alone has been employed, with the degree of “lust” calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases—HIV, AIDS, syphilis, Chlamydia, and gonorrhea—reported per capita.
Needless to say, this measure incorporates not only “lust” (even if in the narrowly defined modern sense), but also a certain degree of recklessness.
In his , the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low.
Thomas Aquinas described envy as “sorrow for another’s good”.
But suicide rates were not included in the “wrath” metric by Vought and his colleagues.
As can be seen from the map on the left, wrath in this sense is concentrated in Florida and surrounding states, Louisiana, east and south Texas, Delaware, central Michigan, New Mexico and Northern California.Keep in mind that the quantifiable per-capita statistics chosen by the Kansas State team, such as theft (envy) and STDs (lust), may not correspond closely to any historical or modern definition of a given sin.Let us start with wrath (Latin, ), a word defined by Dante as “love of justice perverted to revenge and spite.Interestingly, in its original form, the sin of wrath encompassed not only anger pointed externally, but also rage directed internally.Thus suicide, deemed to be the ultimate rejection of God’s gifts, was counted as a wrathful act.Yet, these maps are instructive as they highlight and juxtapose a number of interesting social issues.