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1.) Sloth: we shall define as “an inattentiveness to that which should command our attention.” We may also say that sloth is an insouciance about the essential e.g., temporally speaking things political, eternally speaking things religious. So in some regard, we can say that sloth is an inappropriate use of the 1st Amendment Rights. We include the Press, and its’ ever more self-evident neglect of its obligation to inform the electorate of dangers to Constitutional Liberties; calming and/or distracting the electorate – reminiscent of Orwell’s bleating sheep, in “Animal Farm” for Democratic Party treasons¤ the Press neglect is in fact treason, while vilifying Republicans, and Conservatives, by conflagrating political jay-walking into a National scandal e.g., the ostensible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign˜.


¤Obama’s lies regarding the Benghazi Libyan attacks by dismissing a National Security concern – is the President lying to the American people on a National Security matter, so as to hide what may be considered by the voters as incompetence, and a reason not to re-elect him? If so was not the Press complicit in an act of despotism? Press neglect is in fact treason.
˜ The Obama Administration investigative and National Security agencies – with Media cooperation – utilized a false report, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign, to gin up calls for a Special Counsel; the Special Counsel likely has at least two goals, viz: destroy any evidence which may conclusively demonstrate Obama and his Administrations treasonous disposition, and to harm POTUS Trump – and his Administration – to the greatest degree possible…

2.) Regarding treason, we may state, and insist that it need be stated that many American citizens do not attend to their obligation to be informed (i.e., they are slothful) – with all the information sources available, there really are no excuse’s for not knowing of any number of salient principles, events, and topics which drive the direction of our culture; to neglect one’s responsibility as a citizen e.g., “Why is the repeal of the 17th Amendment the only real possibility of reining in the Federal courts?” and that neglect is something of a betrayal and is a tacit form of treason…

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 By repeal of the 17th Amendment, a simple majority of House & Senate legislatures may restrict appellate jurisdiction of the Federal Courts. As long as Senators are elected, rather than appointed by State Representatives, they are not beholden to their respective State, and are under no duress to align themselves with the interest of their State. Consequentially, 36 States before June 26th, 2015 – had laws defining marriage as a union between 1 man and 1 woman, but as the Supreme Court asserted marriage restrictions are not in Obergefell vs. Hodges unconstitutional; all 50 States laws – in one fell swoop – are struck down.

3.) So as to prepare to discuss for why Sloth is a sin, we must assert what is meant by “sin.” Sin is a turning away from God i.e., to refuse to submit one’s will to the truth of all things – a phrase of Saint Thomas Aquinas – which holds that God’s creation has an intentional subtext, which is like a symphony containing the beautifully melodious harmony, and dissonance in need of resolution; sin is dissonance – the will of man, whether it be an individual human or humans in-general, is turned against the truth which is God’s ordering of that which is, and thus, turned against God, whereas conformity to that which is, is beautiful harmony… Sloth, as sin is a neglect of one’s obligation to know the truth, particularly moral truth…

4.) Sloth is one of the 7 Capital Sins because God, in Creating, measured that Creation; that measure is wherein resides purpose and hierarchy of being; thus in the order-of-being – another way of asserting the hierarchy – some orders are subordinate to others, and necessarily some are superior. It is sloth to allow a subordinate order to surmount (override) a superior order e.g., the subordination of the inalienable Right to Life, to those of Liberty, and/or the Pursuit of Happiness. Another example of sloth in which a subordinate order is placed above a superior order is the instance whereby the interests of non-sapient animals (which are not moral beings) are placed above human interests… To refuse to acknowledge truth, for truth is not merely a ‘conformity of mind and object’ – which is a certain relation – but it is also the acknowledgement of proper – i.e., intended – relation. Sloth, either does not understand – and doesn’t care to understand, what was just stated, or understands and disregards it.

5.) Sloth as an activity; sloth is oft understood or defined as general laziness or indolence, but such definitions are, in and of themselves, instances of sloth; those that would argue inactivity, or laziness, as sloth would then argue activity, or industry, as a virtue. So an individual that fills their day with activity e.g., work, taking the children to football practice, baseball practice, dance, hockey, basketball, cheerleader or band practice all activities, but all of secondary importance. Generally, the aforementioned activities become of greater importance, since the parent believes that child will be a “star,” of some variety, or believes – as a loving parent that they must invest themselves into their children’s dream, even if an implausible dream. Questions: How many parents circumspectly view any and all entities to which they deliver their children? It is not only Catholic clergy riddles with pedophiles… Another Question: How many parents have explained, to their children the basics of Constitutional government e.g., how the repeal of the 17th Amendment will dramatically affect their lives? Yeah, I know; “what the Hell is the 17th Amendment?” Note: Sloth may be your middle name!

6.) Sloth as detachment; an accompaniment to the industry, or activity, of sloth which distracts from what ought to be attended to, is the detachment of sloth from moral responsibility that attends a moral existence; it is incumbent upon rational beings that they study human nature – this should not be confused with the study of the University discipline Psychology, which a priori denies such a thing as human nature – for in studying human nature, one may more readily differentiate the “sheep from the wolves;” unfortunately it is easier to point to deceptive wolves e.g., Jerry Sandusky, or Cardinal McCarrick than to find a mighty lamb (I mean an individual that by virtue of being a physically imposing, even menacing – neither a Mother Theresa nor a Pope John Paul II could be thought of as physically menacing, at cursory glance e.g., John Coffee, from Stephen King’s: The Green Mile, a fiction, but a gentle giant; perhaps a metaphor for Jesus Christ) perhaps Tim Tebow will do; many in the U. S. Military would probably fit-the-bill, but such noble individuals are ignored – or mocked – by the Press… Additional to the wolves that may prowl about the homestead, there are the National wolves i.e., politicians e.g., Barack Obama, whose advocacies are masked anarchy, and sociopathy.

 Just one example of what should be studied, but would require a reprinting, is Thomistic Psychology by Robert Edward Brennan

7.) Sloth as presumption; there is a tendency, which attends intelligent social animals i.e., rational beingsª, and that is that we tend to follow the leader or the herd; whether following regards a particular action, or a particular acceptance of a particular “truth”° upon which subsequent actions will be based. Because knowledge is of how principles order that which is and/or how concepts and objects relate, extreme caution, or circumspection, should be the habit (i.e., conscious practice) of humans accepting that which seems to contradict objective reality, moreover askance should be the wont, or habitual practice of rational-beings since each age and era is rife with mountebanks – our age in particular is teeming with “snake-oil salesmen” with PhD’s, most believing the nonsense they purvey, given that they are (dull) slaves to their axioms. Thus we argue that a willingness to accept that which is flattering – or convenient, but which in fact either contradicts objective reality or the fundamental principles upon which civil society rest e.g., abortion advocacy and the unalienable right-to-Life.

ª Rational-beings (humans): creatures who know reality through assimilation of its measure…
° Because something is held to be true, one still is obliged – as a moral being to – to healthy skepticism e.g., Science as an endeavor which aims to unveil the total unrestricted and unvarnished truth, and thus what is argued by scientists is beyond question, and should be given full deference, but science is limited to that which may be measured; right-and-wrong (morality), soul, God, virtue et al, are non-quantifiable, but it does not follow that they are meaningless…

8.) For several generations now, public discussions of religion and politics have been – nearly universally – discouraged, and this in contradiction to the Founding Fathers intention regarding 1st Amendment rights, thus this practice discouragement has encouraged a sort of moral-entropy. Abetting the moral decline has been the misunderstood injunction of Jesus Christ to: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged” Matthew 7:1 – removed from its’ context (where judgments are made – having removed the wooden beam from one’s eye – objectively); thus rendering many reticent, and enabling the advance of moral decadence. The Christian is obliged to judge – as in “Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly” John 7:24 – called to judge the path to be chosen; offering such judgments – as salt – to charitably edify fellow travelers upon the path toward eternity… We assert, but again, that “criticism absent malice is an act of love,” thus silence vis-à-vis evil is sloth coupled with what can be construed as a repudiation of Matthew 25: 31- 40∗∗ which may be taken as attending to the physical needs only, but clearly Jesus teaching is directed at both the “least of these” temporal needs, as well as their eternal home. The ‘work of the servant, while the Master is away, is the Master’s interest’ prudent conduct vs. Sloth is dealt with in Matthew 24: 45-51 and elsewhere…
∗∗When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

9.) There is a palpable hostility – which is becoming more prevalent by the day – toward dialectical reasonªª (generally social-political Leftists are inveterately opposed to a dialectical discourse); this is sloth combined with a pride opposed to the truth. It is such people who try to thwart public discourse, many because they are egoistically self-distracted, pursuing mindless endeavors, entertained by the scenery, on their terminable train ride to Auschwitz, and they violently refuse to “send for whom the bell tolls.” Misology (i.e., hatred of rational discourse) will damn us all!
ªªArgument or process of reasoning that attempts to ascertain nature i.e., essence i.e., character and the meaning related to, and the association with existents and existence.

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