VIRTUES & VICES
SLOTH vs INTEGRITY
Integrity has been placed by some of the Great Minds from antiquity as the counterpoint of Sloth. "Great minds think alike", they say. Well, I can't see how they fit, as it seems to me that Integrity encompasses all the Virtues, so I guess that puts my mind out of the box.
Thankfully, there are other interpretations of the Virtues, and one describes Integrity as "Zeal" or enthusiasm.
I will use this definition in the stories to follow.
"Hearty and persistent endeavor" is the way my dictionary explains Zeal. The picture that comes to my mind is that of an Olympic runner.
The word that follows in the dictionary is "Zealot," which tends to color the picture a bit. Zealots have a reputation of going to extremes, as does the runner mentioned above, but in the wrong direction. That is, it's dangerous to disagree with them. Picture the inquisition, or the Salem Witch hunts.
An ugly word, to my way of thinking, for a lazy critter that hangs around trees in South America. I wonder which came first, the animal or the name?
I suppose the American version of the sloth would be the Couch Potato, though I have yet to see one hang upside-down from trees.
Laziness is a rather modern invention, brought to the masses by television, then perpetuated by the computer.
However, Royalty has been exploiting this luxury since Man was placed (or hatched as some would have us believe) on this earth; minus the TV and PC, of course.
So it's fast verses slow; the runner verses the spectator; the winner verses the never-ran. Clear enough now. So on with the stories.