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SLOTH: All That is Evil and Sucky Likes It When You Become a Dejected Little Monkey
Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2013 | Doug Giles

Posted on 11/03/2013 5:45:41 AM PST by Kaslin

Do any of you remember back in the day when, if you were a listless, visionless, slack-jawed, gum-smackin’ laggard, your parents and peers would look at you weirdly and they wouldn’t make excuses for you, or say you have some special disease like “lazyassotosis”, and that’s why you’re such a daft dasypygal?

In addition, how many can hearken back to a bygone era when you actually would be held criminally liable, or at least looked at weirdly, by culture when you didn’t try to help, if able, to stop a crime or rescue a damsel in distress?

Further, and I’m really going to date myself with this one, can any of you remember giving those able-bodied relatives of yours who sponged off the government that same look your dog gives you when he catches you having sex? Y’know what I’m talking about don’t you?That furrowed-brow gaze of confusion, disdain and personal embarrassment that makes you slowly back out of the room said person is in.

Historically, culturally and ecclesiastically speaking we used to view the slothful as the sinful. Nowadays, getting your money for nothing and your check for free is seen as a right; and people actually revel in what used to be a shame.

So, what is sloth?

Sloth is, essentially, the desire to sit on your butt and pick lint from your navel because you’re a jaded and dejected, bleak little monkey. Sloth is the sin, according to Dorothy Sayers, “which believes nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and only remains alive because there is nothing it will die for.”

The decadent tub of spiritual lard that’s satiated with this swill will not lift a finger to fight insanity or to stand for God or country because, to them, there isn’t anything worth getting riled up about. As they see it, life has sucked, does suck and will continue to suck, and they feel there’s nada they can do about it. Therefore, don’t ask or expect them to cheerlead any cause because the world, according to this gloomy group, is irrevocably hell-bent-for-leather. And anyways, being a sluggard is a simple sin in that all you have to do to do this is do nothing when you’re supposed to do something.

For clarification, when most folks think of someone who’s given to sloth, they usually conjure up an image of some bloated, slow moving, mumbling, unshorn, unemployed human sea cow with excessive eye boogers. The fact is that most indolents aren’t your typical, heel-draggin’ slackers. True slothfulness is easy to hide under a flurry of inconsequential activities and sudsy busyness. Yes, you can be hectic, fit, religious and industrious and still be slothful. “But how?” you might ask. Here’s the real acid test to gauge whether or not you have this soul disease: when that which is consequential confronts you . . . such as the pursuit of God, the good, the true and the beautiful . . . how do you react?

Does that which is holy, just and good get a rise out of you and cause you to get off your butt and move into action? Or do you stand there and stare at the substantial like a calf looking at a new gate, and then shrug and say, “Whatever.”

Sloth cannot be simply reduced to just dallying. Classically defined, sloth is a sluggishness of spirit which is the byproduct of a Van Gogh-like spiritual gloominess that no longer sees the merit of the meaningful and, ironically, leaves one, as Os Guinness states, trying to find “meaning in its own meaninglessness”; like millions do on Facebook.

So, how does one fight off the noon-day demons, the mid-life malaise, the teenaged stagnations, and the bean burrito drowsiness? In The Sermon on the Mount, Christ tabled, in contrast to slothful soul sludge, a hunger and a thirst for righteousness.

Jesus, far from being a Pollyanna and far from ministering in easy and uncomplicated times, said one is “blessed” when, in the midst of all the major crapola that’s going down on the planet, including all the bad religion, corrupt politics and war torn nations, one still hungers and thirsts for that which is right. Jesus said you’re fortunate when you can keep focused on ideals and hotly pursue them when circumstances are screaming for you to jump ship.

Spiritually myopic people move into sloth mode when they’re confronted with the above crud. They see problems as a nice out from activity. They cannot see right when wrong is around. They cannot hunger for ideals unless the birds are chirping. Their conscious or unconscious response when their world ceases to look like a beer commercial is, “Forget you, guys. I’m moving to Disneyland.”

Jesus, on the other hand, was fueled by selfless passion rooted in a firm persuasion that good would triumph over evil in time and in eternity. This caused him to be, let’s say, “involved” with what was happening in His day. Yep, for those who can read and have read the gospel, you don’t see Jesus dragging though life like George Costanza in passive indifference to that which was good, bad and ugly. He saw the ideal and saw what was currently being played out on the planet and, being the unreasonable, hopeful rebel that He was, He got a whip and started clearing the punks. If it wasn’t right, then he felt compelled to correct it instead of slothfully standing by and just watching.

* The above was taken and paraphrased from Os Guinness’ lecture on the Seven Deadly Sins.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: dsj02; lazy; sevendeadlysins; work

1 posted on 11/03/2013 5:45:41 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
The decadent tub of spiritual lard....

Ha ha...priceless!

That pretty much describes a LOT of the SNAP/EBT users I see in WalMart all the time.

2 posted on 11/03/2013 5:54:07 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Kaslin
This is the best article I have ever read.

In my life.

3 posted on 11/03/2013 5:54:58 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Kaslin

BIG BUMP!!!


4 posted on 11/03/2013 6:00:13 AM PST by The SISU kid (I think they taste like Barbie dolls smell.)
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To: Kaslin

Libs thrive on the 7 deadly sins:

Lust - out-of-wedlock births, all kinds of sexual deviance

Gluttony - as long as “I got mine” to heck with everyone and every other ideal.

Greed - more and more taxes needed to feed the government maw, while accusing the real producers of the same sin.

Sloth - slack off, sponge, or hope to hit the lawsuit lottery

Wrath - call the opposition all kinds of names, incite racial and other hatreds.

Envy - tax the rich

Pride - gay pride, black pride, etc. (instead of work ethic and morality) and Obama’s constant “I, I, I, me, me”


5 posted on 11/03/2013 6:03:08 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Kaslin

A sloth can actually run 15 mph. Don’t let them fool you. So maybe “sloth” is not the best descriptor for these indolent tubs of truculent goo.


6 posted on 11/03/2013 6:04:16 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Kaslin

An important stop on the path to liberalism.


7 posted on 11/03/2013 6:04:36 AM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: Gaffer

My late son was on Food stamps, but I guarantee you he did not buy stuff he was not supposed to, and he mostly bought store brand items because he thought they were cheaper and he could stretch his stamps out. Also if you are talking about the ridiculous pictures of how some Wal-Mart shoppers dress, I have never seen any like these here in our Wal-Mart stores and we have three here. The closest on to me is less then 2 miles away from me. As a matter of fact it is 1.09 miles, which is practically walking distance


8 posted on 11/03/2013 6:10:37 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

So...being bleak and dejected is a sin?


9 posted on 11/03/2013 6:13:51 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin

bump


10 posted on 11/03/2013 6:13:58 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I think Doug Giles is referring to sloths because they sleep from 15-18 hours per day.


11 posted on 11/03/2013 6:15:51 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Hey,hey,

Sloth works.

Look at the Obamadork.

Golf, anyone?


12 posted on 11/03/2013 6:25:59 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin

Sloth is, essentially, the desire to sit on your butt and pick lint from your navel because you’re a jaded and dejected, bleak little monkey. Sloth is the sin, according to Dorothy Sayers, “which believes nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and only remains alive because there is nothing it will die for.”


Very true. It’s the full embodiment of the emptiness of a life without Christ and purpose.

I would also say that it goes hand in hand with the cynicism that permeates our society. The feeling that you and I can’t do anything, shouldn’t bother. Lofty cynicism gives a genteel hiding place for sloth.


13 posted on 11/03/2013 6:26:48 AM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Lazamataz

I remember coming home from school one day many years ago in Germany when I was in the third grade and my mother was laying on the couch taking a nap. I asked her what the had and she said Faulenzia which is the German equivalent for lazyasstosis. She laughed when she noticed I thought it was a serious disease and explained to me that she felt like being lazy. Which she normally wasn’t. I guarantee you


14 posted on 11/03/2013 6:27:50 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Da Coyote

15 posted on 11/03/2013 6:33:42 AM PST by caww
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To: Idaho_Cowboy
Lofty cynicism gives a genteel hiding place for sloth.

Excellent point!

16 posted on 11/03/2013 6:35:39 AM PST by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: BenLurkin

I think the point is that it is a sin when you relish it, rely upon it and/or look forward to it.


17 posted on 11/03/2013 6:41:22 AM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.h)
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To: Kaslin

Born in ‘52 when self-sufficiency was still an asset instead of an attempt to overthrow the government. Had an uncle who had some weird disease that rendered him “disabled” but never seemed to affect his ability to build a canoe from a kit, go fishing, etc. He was a true odd duck and was probably unemployable other than as a janitor, but I can assert that he was also the black sheep of the family for not doing what he could to earn some of his own money. That was a time when Blacks (Negroes) were purchasing houses and eventually became the majority in our neighborhood. The family next door revitalized their house to a very nice, if pink, looking structure and were personal friends. The family structure was strong and we were all neighbors who took care of family and earned an income. After the race riots of the ‘60s, the area became a slum and fell into disrepair - we had some of the original Black families living in the same suburban housing community that we moved into to escape the inner city - the rest went along with the rioters in deciding that hating Whitey and getting the government (which all liberals seemed to hate at the time) to take care of them. The ‘50s - ‘60s era was the fulcrum which tipped the scales to what we have today.


18 posted on 11/03/2013 6:48:28 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Kaslin

The left promotes and feeds on the dark side of human nature, especially envy and greed. Sloth, economic chaos and selfishness, in the name of noble ideals, are the sources of power of the totalitarians. Absolute dependence on government will grant them absolute power, and we know where that will lead.


19 posted on 11/03/2013 6:50:40 AM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: Spok

Indeed we do


20 posted on 11/03/2013 6:53:16 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: RegulatorCountry
A sloth can actually run 15 mph.

Only if it was falling out of a tree.

It's actually 0.15 mph. :^)

21 posted on 11/03/2013 6:55:17 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

I did a marketing internship for a natural science center with a zoo, they had a few sloths. Occasionally the rheas, smart sneaky birds, South American kin to the ostrich but slightly smaller, would unlatch a gate or work a section of fence loose and go on the lam. Other species would join in at times, once a sloth. All hands were called out to corral them back into the enclosure. Yes they can run, as fast as a human can. Got some claws on them, too. Capable of being quite nasty if they don’t want to do what you’re trying to make them do. Koalas can be surprisingly nasty, too. They’re sleepy, cuddly and cute most of the time, but man don’t ever piss one off, lol.


22 posted on 11/03/2013 7:03:30 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Kaslin

Welfare started to become generally stigmatized in the 1950’s as it became associated with single mothers, divorced women and black women with kids but without a man in the house (primarily AFDC). Probably a lot more than today simply caught up in the wrong situation falsely stereotyped and judged as scamming the system or not doing their part to advance themselves.


23 posted on 11/03/2013 8:11:26 AM PST by erlayman
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To: BenLurkin

Actually, yes. Depression used to be considered one of the deadly sins.


24 posted on 11/03/2013 8:13:36 AM PST by The Public Eye
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To: Kaslin

What timing! Today there was a Jack Hanna program on TV where he was visiting a wildlife rescue center in Panama where they have rescued numerous baby sloths and raised them until they can live on their own in the wild. Cute little animals.


25 posted on 11/03/2013 5:44:13 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Kaslin

“As a matter of fact it is 1.09 miles, which is practically walking distance”
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I walk farther than that just trying to find my mislaid tools.


26 posted on 11/03/2013 6:12:21 PM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: Kaslin
As a matter of fact it is 1.09 miles, which is practically walking distance

There was a time in this country when Oregon was walking-distance from St. Louis.

27 posted on 11/03/2013 8:48:40 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: caww

28 posted on 11/04/2013 6:58:26 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: CodeToad

Yes.


29 posted on 11/04/2013 7:37:55 AM PST by caww
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