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The Seven Deadly Sins

Sloth


Me and ~LynneElvine had such an awesome time during our Seven Deadly Sins project! Enjoy <3

© Anniken S Hannevik


More than other sins, the definition of sloth has changed considerably since its original inclusion among the seven deadly sins. In fact it was first called the sin of sadness or despair. It had been in the early years of Christianity characterized by what modern writers would now describe as melancholy: apathy, depression, and joylessness — the last being viewed as being a refusal to enjoy the goodness of God and the world he created. Originally, its place was fulfilled by two other aspects, acedia and sadness. The former described a spiritual apathy that affected the faithful by discouraging them from their religious work. Sadness (tristitia in Latin) described a feeling of dissatisfaction or discontent, which caused unhappiness with one's current situation. When Thomas Aquinas selected acedia for his list, he described it as an "uneasiness of the mind", being a progenitor for lesser sins such as restlessness and instability. Dante refined this definition further, describing sloth as being the "failure to love God with all one's heart, all one's mind and all one's soul." He also described it as the middle sin, and as such was the only sin characterised by an absence or insufficiency of love. In his "Purgatorio", the slothful penitents were made to run continuously at top speed.

The modern view of the vice, as highlighted by its contrary virtue of zeal or diligence, is that it represents the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts. For example, a student who does not work beyond what is required (and thus fails to achieve his or her full potential) could be labeled slothful.

Current interpretations are therefore much less stringent and comprehensive than they were in medieval times, and portray sloth as being more simply a sin of laziness or indifference, of an unwillingness to act, an unwillingness to care (rather than a failure to love God and his works). For this reason sloth is now often seen as being considerably less serious than the other sins, more a sin of omission than of commission. The South American animal was named after this sin by Roman Catholic explorers.


See also <3
Wrath

Vanity
Envy
Lust
Gluttony
Greed
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Chasing-Silence Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I LOVE this one, it's so Emotive. Its not just saying, "I'm a lazy bitch" It's saying, "I am exhausted from everything..." I really like it. :)
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4DK Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Featured in my journal [link]
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MissSpine Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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alessa737 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, Sloth was originally "Acedia" and "Tristia", both Latin words. All the sins were originally written in Latin, however, Sloth was the only sin given two Latin words to describe it. As a Latin student myself, i should inform you that though "tristia" does mean saddness, "Acedia" means carelessness, which dante transversed to laziness.
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annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
As i said, I got all of the facts about the sins from WIKIPEDIA! I don't think they just make up stuff!
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davidsant Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Featured ... [link]
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:iconsavelove:
savelove Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
GOREgeous:}}
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:iconenzo12:
enzo12 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
jejeje one of my favourites sins... I love it
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arrogances Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Thanks. I didn't know that.
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:iconmtc001:
MTC001 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That's quite interesting and the picture is awesome, nice work it's very emotive :salute: :)
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FatBabyDave Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey. great picture. Du mind if i use it in a drawing?
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prbardin Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Best piece from the series.

:+fav:
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:iconchiquillo:
chiquillo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:shamrock:
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Artillusion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great work fav from me
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Flash-13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
thats me sloth! :giggle:
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icachanDesign Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
feature this here [link]
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
:love:
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Eshia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
Great concept :)
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annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
thank you :cuddle:
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bloodskrawl Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
:love:
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
:love:
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bloodskrawl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
^^;
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Nelrylia Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Again, a great piece. I like the bits of paint and/or dirt on her. It's like she just doesn't desire to put forth the effort to wipe it off. I also love her expression. Not that she's exactly sleepy, but that she's just slothful or indifferent towards everything.

GReat job, and fav'd.
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Maybe-On-Sunday Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Brilliant
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BurntFae Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008   Photographer
Oh I do so love this. She is all dusty and sorrowful. Woeful. Maybe slightly indifferent?
Anyway, I didn't know sadness/despair was the original sloth... there's so much more to it, isn't there? Interesting. Besides all the Christian stuff (heh), I enjoyed reading about it. Thanks!

I fit into the "sloth" ways even more than I thought. ;D
I like that animal, hah.

(Did you use paint or some kind of powder?)
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CDandDVD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
excellent rendition on sloth :+favlove:
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:iconartfountain:
ArtFountain Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
love the expression and the colors!
good job
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
thanks so much :aww:
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SeasOfCheese Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
I love the dust or something which covers the model and the floor. The dust might be the dust which is blown during an eruption, it makes me think of Pompée.

I love that!
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annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
aww so glad you liked it :aww: thank you :heart:
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neolestat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
grrr... read the title and was hoping for a nature photo of the three toed sloth! i love them lil critters...

Still, I'll make do with this beautiful photo instead :D
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annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
hahahaha :D ok lol.


thanks hehe :smooch:
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teh-photo-grapha Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
this is great. i'm so happy you didn't have some overweight person watching tv. you really defined sloth with this picture.
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
hahahaha.. thanks <33
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teh-photo-grapha Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
you're welcome :D
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looki85 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008   Photographer
This has been featured in my journal! [link] :boogie:
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
thanks :aww:
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Simounet Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful expression, pose and colors ! :clap:
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
thanks tihi :cuddle:
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:iconksolli:
ksolli Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008   Photographer
Jeg er stum. Dette er kunst!
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
tusen takk kjære deg :aww: <3
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mrskisiel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
nice climate :) I like it :)
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
thanks :aww: <3
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kichoo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
whoa, sikke et fantastisk billede! <3
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
taakk :heart::aww:
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
your my hero :D
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
awww :aww::rose:
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
Great picture and very interesting text. Thanks!
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:iconannikenhannevik:
annikenhannevik Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
thanks :heart:
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