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Seven Deadly Sins

Randy Nelson has tried to assess which American cities might be considered "saintly" today. Would St. Louis perhaps? He took as his basis the opposites of the Seven Deadly Sins. Remember the 6th century list of the Seven Deadly basic kinds of sin?  They include Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth and Wrath. Their opposites being Charity, Chastity, Diligence, Generosity, Humility, Kindness, and Temperance.

This is how he assessed the cities:

Charity (opposite of Envy): giving stuff away instead of coveting stuff others have (low FBI property-crime rates).

Chastity (opposite of Lust): low level of strip clubs in the city.

Diligence (opposite of Sloth): low % of population of the city not physically active.

Generosity (opposite of Greed): how much the average person donates to charity each year.

Humility (opposite of Pride): ratio of plastic surgeons to residents.

Kindness (opposite of Wrath): low FBI violent crime rates.

Temperance (opposite of Gluttony): low CDC obesity rates.

His results for present day most "saintly" cities:

Chuta Vista, Calif. (5th), Glendale, Calif. (4th), Fremont, Calif. (3rd), Gilbert, Arizona (2nd), New York (1st).


When I think of Charity, Chastity, Diligence, Generosity, Humility, Kindness, and Temperance, NYC is the first thing that comes to mind.
Would you think so?
I am not the slightest bit surprised. Having lived in or near New York City my entire life, I'm always annoyed when people assume it's a terrifying cess-pit of vice and violence. They've forgotten the way thousands of people reached out to help one another when the World Trade Center was destroyed... or, just one year ago, when the floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy rose waist-deep in the streets of midtown and demolished houses near the outer shorelines. New York is like no other city on the planet, and I'm proud that I was born there.
I lived in NYC and then in near by N J
New York area people like to talk tough but adversity brings out the best - always.
It's a city of neighborhoods. People walk. They recognize their neighbors.
It's a city and an area of great cultural diversity.