Sloth

Sloths are adorable, but a human acting like a sloth isn’t so cute. Who hasn’t wasted an entire day watching Netflix? We’re all guilty of laziness, and it’s okay occasionally. However, a problem occurs when that’s our default setting. Laziness is not attractive and not the way to ever get anything you want in life.

Sloth is defined as spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive. It can also be either an outright refusal or merely a carelessness in the performance of one’s obligations, especially spiritual, moral or legal obligations. Sloth can also indicate a wasting due to lack of use, concerning a person, place, thing, skill, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement, or support to continue to exist.

Religious views concerning the need for one to work to support society and further God’s plan and work also suggest that, through inactivity, one invites the desire to sin. “For Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.” (“Against Idleness and Mischief” by Isaac Watts).

In the Philokalia, the word dejection is used instead of sloth, for the person who falls into dejection will lose interest in life. Laziness is not considered becoming in many traditional customs.

What’s the problem with laziness? My opinion is that true laziness, as in perpetually wasting your life away in front of a TV screen or other pointless activity, becomes a habit. How would you feel if you got to the end of your life and you hadn’t accomplished anything of note. I bet you’d regret that Mad Men binge and wish you’d gone out and made some friends instead. You don’t regret the things you do, you regret the things you DON’T do because you were lazy. So live life without regrets. This is probably the easiest sin to avoid, all you have to do is do something – anything! – productive. So decide what you want to accomplish today and make it happen. Once you do you can catch up on quality time with your TV, I promise it’ll still be there.

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