Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gina Barreca on Sloth

Not this kind of sloth
According to Barreca, it is worse than gluttony, lust, anger, greed, pride and envy.  Here is a taste: 

Sloth is insidious. It whispers that you might as well do it tomorrow, that nobody will know if you cut corners here and there to save yourself some trouble, that the world will be the same in 100 years no matter what you do, so why do anything? Sloth says, “Don’t strain yourself,” “What’s the big hurry?” and “Just give me five more minutes.” Sloth hits the snooze alarm, hits the remote control and hits the road when the going gets tough.

It’s sloth’s job to make you stay up late watching an old movie you’ve seen before when you know you’ll only get all cranky at customers the next morning at work. And it’s sloth’s job to make you assume you know enough to pass judgment when all you’ve done is listen to what others have to say, without doing any thinking of your own.