Chapter 4 Of Rebecca Deyoung's Glittering Vices

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1. One insight that I gained from this expansion is DeYoung’s claim that people become slothful as a result of required relationship efforts over a lifetime. This idea was particularly insightful because the ongoing effort required for relationship growth causes my personal relationships to seem burdensome at times. Relationships unquestionably demand sacrifice and daily effort for the relationship bond to be sustained, which the slothful individual resists. Secondly, another insight that I gained from this podcast is that sloth involves the resistance to the effort we need to make to be changed by love. This resistance is a consequence of the desire to stay in one’s comfort zone. Our relationship with God and our neighbors involves accepting a new identity that needs to be lived out daily for the rest of our life.…show more content…
However, as DeYoung acknowledges, “Sloth, on this view, is apathy— comfortable indifference to duty and neglect of other human beings’ needs. If you won’t work hard, you don’t care enough. Sloth becomes a sin not merely because it makes us lazy, but because of the lack of love that lies behind that laziness” (DeYoung, p. 81). In other words, there is clearly more to sloth than laziness. This vice actually seems to connect more with lack of love or indifference. So, while sloth can certainly look like laziness, the root of the vice is far more deep rooted and
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