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Friday, March 4, 2011

Don't Mind Me I'm Just Lounging Around

Today I want to talk about something dear to me. The 7 deadly sins. So this will be the 1st part in a 8 part series that may or may not run consecutively. Since lent is almost upon us, I figured this would be the perfect time to discuss the pros and cons of each. And since the season of lent is all  about giving up, the sin I'd like to start with is...Sloth.
See most people would define Sloth as laziness, but truthfully thats just being lazy. Sloth is like marijuana in that its a gateway sin. It can lead to other sins, chiefly Gluttony. So, yes just like mary jane, Sloth can give you the munchies. This is why in the movie The Goonies, Sloth just sat around watching television and before u know it along comes Chunk because of Baby Ruth bars and ice cream.
The Greek word for Sloth is 'acedia' which means carelessness. So when I made the careless remark by telling Angela that I couldn't date her because I didn't date outside my species, I was actually committing Sloth. Also that time I forgot to wear a condom and that time I left my keys in my front door. I should probably add racing my bike along a wet road at 85 mph without wearing a helmet to this list of careless activities too.
But honestly, what is the big deal with this one? People in the old days used to say idle hands are the devils plaything. They were afraid if someone sat too long that they may do something to shake up the status quo, kinda like Bill Gates did when he invented Windows. Personally, if the people competing with me for a better job are more lazy than I am, then that works in my favor. So I say, indulge.
See the true origin of this sin is more concerned with people remembering their duties and not aspiring for more than they have. This leads to people not caring about anything in their lives, which is why Sloth is most accurately defined as Apathy.
When Dante Alighieri described Sloth in his poem "The Divine Comedy" he placed it on the 5th circle of hell and described this circle as a swamp where the slothful were drowning in their own apathy. I think a scarier image would have been to show a fat guy who hasn't left his computer for four days because he's playing World of Warcraft. Dante made it such a dire sin and placed it further down in hell because of his fear that Sloth leads to suicide.
Dorothy Sayer described the sin as being "it is the one that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, inteferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die." Picture three guys on a couch after smoking pot, just staring at the wall.
I could continue to describe Sloth, but really...I just don't care.

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