I finally figured out what my problem was when a close friend of mine, who uses boilerplate language frequently, started to piss me off a great deal (the sin of anger). There's only a couple of times I can stand listening to the same old catch phrase before someone starts to sound like a used car salesman to me. Who in their right mind trusts a used car salesman? I don't. They reek with profit, over customer service. Profit is a version of the deadly sin of gluttony. More on anger and gluttony in a later post.
Sloth is very unique in that the trait of non-activity. Sloth is "sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good... [it] is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds." Thomas Aquinas
Sloth is ruled by the planetary influence of Saturn, which was very counter-intuitive me for a long time because when I think about the Saturnian associations of rules, regulations, laws and orders, I think of the legal system, which used to be associated only with "good deeds" in my mind. I used to think that until I got totally screwed by the legal system. In my mind I was thinking: "But...But...the law will protect me. I will come out ahead because I am a good person." I had to face the fact that the law does not care if I am a good person or a bad person, it does not "care" at all. Laws cannot "care". Only people care. And then I remember the tidbit of wisdom:
Laws only address issues that are codified and laws tend to be a reactionary action.
Rules do not consider unique circumstances and reactionaries tend to oppose progress.
Sloth is like the Borg in that it opposes individuality and growth outside of the boundaries. The Borg have no passion and are purely mechanical
When faced with an uncomfortable situation, it is very easy to fall back to sloth, to be lazy or to be oppressive.
So what is the solution to sloth?
Celebrate and honor individuality.