Daily Archives: October 12, 2007

Lets talk about Sloth now!!!

I have never been a die hard fan of Wikipedia except for a few instances when it really proved helpful in doing my home work. After writing the last post on Sloth: The Sin, I decided to read on other sloth (the mammal and the animal!!). So naturally I started with Wikipedia. And lo behold !!..this is what I find:

Sloths are among the most somnolent animals, sleeping from 15 to 18 hours each day. They are particularly partial to nesting in the crowns of palm trees where they can camouflage as coconuts. They come to the ground, to urinate and defecate, only about once a week.

1) So I know now, why they get the name SLOTH!!
2) “Camouflage as coconuts” on a palm tree!!…I have to see that!!
3) Urinate and defecate only once a week!!…thats height of laziness!!!..you lazy sloths!! get up and get going!!

As if this was not enough, somebody had written this:

The population of sloths increased in Central America due to a radioactive accident which led to …hormonal changes. In some areas there population is so much that they have taken political control of villages.

Although Wikipedia was quick to remove this paragraph from Sloth Page (something which is against the whole spirit of Sloth!!) but I do want to visit a village where political control is in hands of Sloths. Not that I haven’t seen many such villages and cities but I mean real Sloths this time.

Sloth: The Sin of Joylessness

I don’t know why I decided to read about the seven cardinal sins. I was actually thinking of writing a blog titled SE7EN (much on the lines of Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman starrer movie) and do a reality check on what are my ratings in terms each of these cardinal sins. But then decided that it would be too much of revelation in public, so instead decided to write on only one: Sloth.

I had always believed that Sloth is actually the sin of laziness. Well, I am not wrong entirely as this is what most people believe and this is how it is perceived in today’s world. But while reading, I realized that actually in old times it was seen as the sin of joylessness. A sin of being sad, dejected or depressed. A sin of not being able to enjoy the God’s beautiful life. I was really impressed by the older perception of Sloth. Partly because that exempts me of one sin (sin of laziness)!! and partly because happiness is something that I propose to everybody as a core ingredient of life.

It has already become too serious for “The Antisense Strand”. More serious discussion is outside the scope of this blog page. So ponder over this and enjoy your lives to fullest. Keep smiling as I go back to preparing my report card of seven Sins. Oh!!,  by the way, I have to read Dante’s Divine Comedy now, to know about the punishments for these capital vices.

PS: I am sorry, if after reading all this you realize that the blog was not about Hoffman’s Two Toed Sloth which belongs to order Pilosa of mammalian class in animal kingdom.