Itinerari dell'ozio in una triade di lezioni accademiche secentesche di Cesare Crispolti," provides an overview of the negative connotations of otium in the Seicento, where it is associated with the vice of slothfulness
by an entry in Vocabolario degli Accademici della Crusca.
In typical agency relationships, slothfulness
is usually the most significant concern.
the needle]; such a wonderful brightener and consoler; our weapon of defence against slothfulness
, weariness, and sad thoughts; our thrifty helper in poverty, our pleasant friend at all times?" (Craik 1997: 181).
Contrary to popular usage, the sin of sloth, a loose translation of the Latin acedia, not only means lazy, it also means apathy or failure to care, as in "By much slothfulness
the building decayeth and through idleness of hands the house droppeth through" (Ecclesiastes 10:18).
On food security we can no longer afford slumber, sluggishness and slothfulness
. It is like "now or never".
all the Frenchmen who have married savages have been licentious, lazy and intolerably independent; and their children have been characterized by as great a slothfulness
as the savages themselves." (29) It is possible that La Verendrye was willing to include indigenous people within his categories of reason and humanity.
This argument involves some helpful distinctions, made in reference to Piers Plowman, between obesity and slothfulness
, physical fatness and spiritual-moral gluttony.
suffer discrimination due to nonracial factors, such as slothfulness
Furthermore, concepts like that of Auster's Resurrection Centers evoke death, dying, and decaying as represented in the histories related in the First ("Old") and Second ("New) Testaments of the Christian Bible; or as the clear depiction of the tyrannical city in George Orwell's well-known dystopia of 1984; or as Countess Oblamov, who does nothing but collect antiques, while simply waiting there in the city as an extra riddle for the reader, whose recollection is tested as to whether he/she is familiar with Goncharov's famous character Oblamov who stands for the embodiment of total passivity, indecisiveness, and slothfulness
. Then there is Sam Farr, Anne Blume's writer husband who burns books, including his own masterpiece, as Michael Bakhtin once did to his own.
It is a testament to my slothfulness
that I had little previous exposure to James Clarence Mangan, Francis Sylvester Mahony (Father Prout), Patrick Weston Joyce, George Sigerson, Sir John Pentland Mahaffy, and Edward Dowden, but I was very glad that this volume gave me the opportunity to redress that deficiency.
In addition, as vanity and slothfulness
are two of Christianity's mortal sins, it is perhaps not surprising that participants' responses in these themes were also at times couched within religion.
The battle is indeed a religious one, as many of the problems the Earth is facing are caused by sins: the greed that prompts coalmining companies to desecrate mountaintops in Appalachia, the gluttony that leads many of us to over-consume food and other resources, the slothfulness
that allows chemical plants in Mississippi not to care about their contamination of water and air and how that affects the poorest communities along the Gulf Coast.
If a team lacks a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility to each other, the group becomes a convenient place to hide a little slothfulness
, to push a little work to the other guy, or to point fingers when a project doesn't hit its deadlines.