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Well, for all those people who have ever read Fullmetal Alchemist, you well recall that one homunculus, Sloth.
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To be honest I've always though, hey, why is Sloth the strongest and fastest one? I mean, sloth is supposed to be... lazy... and being a couch potato has NEVER made ME strong. I don't know 'bout you all, but that just seemed odd.
But then, all of a sudden, it made sense. Sloth IS a great and powerful madness. Consider:
Sloth can make people (i.e. Me) do absolutely idiotic things, like not exercise, not read, not go to fun places... and sloth also causes the collapse of ordered systems. Imagine, for example, a Library. If everyone just put books back wherever the nearest shelf was, the order would disappear quite quickly (as anyone who ever sorted their lego collection into color and shape groups know well).
Sloth is a madness because it is illogical (even monkeys will choose a greater gain i the future rather than a short one now) - and it is a powerful madness because it is the principle behind the collapse of civilization (probably): converting order to chaos by neglect. If roads aren't fixed, they wear away. If nobles don't work, they become fixated on leisure and decadence through lack of frugality. If the plebeians don't work, they become dependent on bread and circuses. And since virtue is enhanced and maintained by practice, it follows that since sloth leads to lack of practice, sloth degrades all virtues in all people.
But you already know that sloth is bad because this blog updates only on blue moons or something.
Be back with more soon (but probably not on the 7 sins. It makes me look bad because I'm guilty of most of them. Very often.)
Oh Wait. Back to my point about Sloth in Fullmetal Alchemist making sense. He says something like "Living was too much of a bother" or something... that is very terrifying, because it is so entirely dumb. Suicide by laziness, even only philosophically, is too terrible to consider. This is why Socrates says "an unexamined life is not worth living." Being too lazy to think is like being too lazy to exercise: it will be unhealthy for you.
Well, this was another case of how spot on manga can be... it is fun to analyze manga for good, true, and beautiful ideas. But that is another tangent, for later.