What is Sloth?Part-5

Seven Deadly Sins

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Nov 8, 2009
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Sloth is defined as spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive.
Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.
Sloth can also concern wasting due to lack of use, expanding into almost any person, place, thing, skills, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement, or support to continue to exist.

Sloth (or acedia) is a kind of spiritual laziness (as opposed to mere physical fatigue or depression). It means not making it a priority to do what we should, or change what we should in ourselves. Some people might call it apathy, which means a lack of feeling.

Sloth is not restfulness…

Sloth is laziness…

Sloth is avoiding responsibility… There is a sense in which pride and sloth represent opposite sins—both deadly.  Pride is the attempt to be more than human; sloth is an attempt to be less than human.”

Sloth is not caring… It is the sin which believes in 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 would die for. 

Sloth is also about misplaced priorities… Although most of us think of sloth as laziness, not doing much of anything but just sitting around doing nothing, we stay busy most of the time but don't do the things we should.  We keep putting them off for later.  They may be staying busy so they have an excuse.

Sloth has consequences…

Associated with Belphegor (Demon)

Belphegor (or Beelphegor) is a demon who helps people to make discoveries. He seduces people by suggesting to them ingenious inventions that will make them rich. According to some 16th century demonologists, his power is stronger in April. Bishop and witch-hunter Peter Binsfeld believed that Belphegor tempts by means of laziness.
Also,according to Peter Binsfield's Binsfield's Classification of Demons, Belphegor is the chief demon of
the deadly sin known as Sloth in Christian tradition.

In Bible

Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep. The idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 By slothfulness the roof sinks in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaks.

Proverbs 6:6 Go unto the ant, O slothful one, See her ways and be wise;

How to Overcome

If I were to say, "I am lazy," it implies that I cannot change. But that is not true. Of course, I can change. So, the correct statement is, "I am a person that sometimes engages in lazy behaviour." The first step in slaying the dragon of sloth, then, is to monitor our thoughts and correct them when necessary. Once we stop saying "I am lazy," we are preparing ourselves to slay the dragon before it devours us.

Remember, we are never lazy when it comes to the things we want to do; so, it is not a matter of a lack of energy, but a lack of motivation.

Therefore, to overcome laziness, we need to master motivation. If our reason to act is great enough, we will have the will to act. We need to think. Think of the reasons why we want to act. Think of and focus on the benefits we will gain by acting. Frequently reflecting on the person we can and want to be can help motivate us to act.


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