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Sloth, The Capital Sin of Students

From this morning’s research:

Nevertheless we might say that all the sins which are due to ignorance, can be reduced to sloth, to which pertains the negligence of a man who declines to acquire spiritual goods on account of the attendant labor; for the ignorance that can cause sin, is due to negligence.... (Summa Theologica: I, II, 84, 4)

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Aquinas’s teacher Aristotle says that incontinence is the sign of a bad man. The bad man eventually reaches a point where no longer desires to live. Strangely enough while all my classmates are living it up someplace nice, I am stuck reading Novels and philosophy. Of course incontinence might be the better part of valour when it comes to imbibing in Neitzsche’s Human all too Human, or Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle. This is not to mention novels such as Tom Robbins Still life with Woodpecker or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. All told I have a stock of literature that would make Aquinas blush. Most of it designed to cure me of my ignorance of american literary culture. For the sake of my soul, does anyone suggest Palm Beach?

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