So everyone, this was the declamation that got me in the top 10 of All Pakistan Declamation Contest, hosted by St.Patrick’s School. Here you go:
Wikipedia defines the seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins as the classification of vices used since early Christian times, to educate Christians regarding humanity’s tendency to sin.
Whatever the ancient concepts may say, in this morally corrupt, obscenely advanced, and highly materialistic world, we are forced to question ourselves about the very concept of sin and virtue.
It may have been another age and another time that wrath and pride, sloth and greed, lust and envy and gluttony were feared lest they condemn the practitioner to hell. In the twenty-first century, they are but naught!
For science decrees what C.G. Jung said, that “The pendulum of mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.”
And sense and nonsense dictate what the five senses claim, and hence ladies and gentlemen, where money has become religion, ills have become virtue, and sin has changed gowns yet again.
Thus ladies and gentlemen, i present to you the new seven deadly sins: honesty and kindness, chastity and generosity, humility and vigor and love.
For where lying has become strategy; and the corporate world depends on strategy, it is honesty that makes life hell!
When going out of your way to help someone is considered a waste of precious time, it is kindness that has become a vice!
When modesty means you lead a boring life and are too “backward” for the advanced world, it is chastity that has become a sin!
When giving has become losing, and hoarding and greed bring you rank, power and respect, it is generosity that has become an ill!
When a bough that bends to offer its fruit is taken as an invitation to cut it off, it is humility that has become a wrong!
When hard work is looked down upon, and importance depends on how much one man can make others run, it is not sloth, the vigor that is an offense.
And when all acts of goodness gain underlying meanings, and all show of affection meant for deception, it is not envy, but love that is sin.
And whether you believe it or not, like it or not, want it or not, this is how it has become. When the age is named after materialism and money has become religion, heaven and hell lose importance, except for their glimpses on earth. Such are the times, and therefore, the aforementioned are the new seven deadly sins.
You and I may dream according to what Martin Luther King Jr. said, that: “I have a dream, that one day, every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain made low, and the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight.”
But for now, let us remember, that the pious man of the religion of wealth calls forth all his objects of wrath and pride, sloth and greed, lust and envy and gluttony and says to them, that “Out, beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field; I will meet you there…”
note: the quotation the speech ends on is by Maulana Rumi.