Friday, March 20, 2009

Sin: Sloth


Kay's Seven Deadly Sins Meme


In the Christian moral tradition, sloth (Latin: acedia, accidia, pigritia) is one of the seven capital sins, often called the seven deadly sins; these sins are called the capital sins because they destroy charity in the person's heart and thus may lead to final impenitence and eternal death. Sloth is defined as spiritual and/or actual apathy, putting off what God asks you to do, or not doing it or anything at all. Acedia is a Latin word, from Greek akedia, literally meaning "absence of caring". Acedia is also deemed to lead to God's wrath.

Sloth can also concern wasting due to lack of use or allowing entropy, expanding into almost any person, place, thing, skills, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement and/or support to continue to exist.

Several religious views concerning the need for one to work to support society and further God's plan and work by doing so reflects that by not being active alone, you invite the desire to sin on its own. "For Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do."

"Against Idleness and Mischief" by Isaac Watts.

(As the title suggests, it is an exhortation to work hard.)
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!
How skilfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax!
And labours hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.
In works of labour or of skill,
I would be busy too;
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.
In books, or work, or healthful play,
Let my first years be passed,
That I may give for every day
Some good account at last.

PrismaColor Pencils on black 140 lb paper
ORIGINAL Miniature ART ~ Direct from the Artist (me)
ACEO ~ always 2.5" x 3.5"
ACEO = Art Cards, Editions, and Originals
ATC = Artist Trading Card (think baseball card)

Oh the horror of such artwork! Worse than the art of the Middle Ages on these sins, no?



Kay said...

Love the poem!

I think sloth must be an age thing, honestly I didn't start having a problem with sloth until I got older.

Have you ever seen a little kid (like 3 or 4) with nothing to do?

There is a lesson in that somewhere...


Marilyn said...

I love the idea of the little art cards. I could do that.

♥ Kathy said...

I think I could use a little jp I liked that poem Mary

Daryl said...

Love the poem and the sketch/drawing is grin inducing!

Raven said...

Well done. Funny that I only remembered the first part of the poem - the busy bee part. Completely forgot that Satan got a hand in the story.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

why does sloth look like a woman? I'd rather it look more like a man. Put a mustache on it.

Terry said...

Dear Mary T.
This is a good post.
We learned this verse in Sunday School,
Proverbs 6:6
Go unto the ant, O slothful one, See her ways and be wise.
I never knew until I was older how energetic the ant was and how lazy I could be at times.
Now I just don't have enough time in the day time to get into trouble like I did when I was a kid!
This was so interesting to read!
Love Terry

I hope that your leg is getting better.
Too bad you were hurting this first day of spring!

Colin Campbell said...

I am slothful according to this quiz and what I know about myself.