Uncharitable Passions I: The Deadly Sin of Sloth
Sloth — for some of us, it’s a tree-dwelling mammal, especially the dimwitted but loveable Sid from Twentieth Century Fox’s Ice Age franchise. For others, it’s synonymous with laziness or indolence, an almost unforgivable vice in a culture which emphasizes achievement, success, and competition. However, you can still suffer from this particular sin even though you’re active, productive, even successful as the world accounts success. While it may sound strange to call any of the seven capital (“deadly”) sins or a passion “cold”, Sloth is indeed a cold passion, a passion for what our society now calls autonomy.
What is Sloth?