UgBlogWeek Day 6 – Sloth

By on October 24, 2015

The first thing that crosses one’s mind when the word ‘sloth‘ is mentioned is Sid the Sloth from Ice Age. Sid is described as a ‘lazy, slovenly ground sloth‘. The sloth I am referring to here though is not that one. It does have likeness to him but it is a little different.

The sloth I am referring to here is one of the seven deadly sins in various traditions in including Christian and moral traditions.

Sloth is defined as a “reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness” and is regarded in Christian tradition as one of the sins that bring down man.

According to Christianity, Sloth is looked at as some form of emotional or spiritual apathy and it is looked at as a form of ignorance or God’s word. It also relates to being emotionally, spiritually and physically inactive.

It goes without saying therefore that anyone who has tendencies of laziness towards God’s instruction is most likely sinning.

In other instances, Sloth can  be looked at as outright refusal to perform duties that are otherwise assigned to one. Staying away from one’s responsibility legally, morally or spiritually is regarded as sloth. There are also cases of being wasteful with one’s possession, skills, talents or abilities. In the event that you are able to something good with yourself, this is sloth.

“For Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.” (“Against Idleness and Mischief” by Isaac Watts).

In the Philokalia (a collection of texts written between the 4th and 15th centuries by spiritual masters of the Eastern Orthodox hesychast tradition) there is the use of the word dejection in the place of sloth. There is mention that anyone who falls into dejection is bound to lose interest in life.

Laziness is regarded an unwelcome behaviour in most (if not all) cultures so much that many cultures have demons of sloth.

In demonology, Belphegor is a very strong demon, and one of the seven powerful princes of Hell. His role is to help people make certain discoveries. He basically seduces people by offering them suggestions about how to get rich quickly without much work.

According to a good number of 16th-century demonologists, it is said that Belphegor’s power is strongest in April. Famous Bishop and witch-hunter Peter Binsfeld went on to assert that Belphegor mostly tempts by means of laziness.

There are lessons that the Christian faith teaches on sloth and laziness for instance lazy persons falls prey to poverty quite easily, the lazy person always leaves God’s gifts unused and untapped, the lazy person also automatically breaks the commandments of God and laziness is a strong enemy of the growth of virtues.

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” ― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

a.k.a Beewol
The Talkative Rocker
Follow @beewol on Twitter

Facebook Comments
Hit me up
Latest posts by beewol (see all)

About the author

Beewol - The Talkative Rocker


  1. OJ

    October 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    It’s a refined piece of niceness! Summarised and on point. Kudos man.

    • beewol

      October 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you for dropping by 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *