Today’s quiz, Can you detect and overcome slothfulness?  True or False

1. A slothful man is one who really does not want anything out of life.

2. The main occupation of a sluggard is sitting around watching others work.

3. Because a slothful man skillfully gets out of work, he avoids pressures in life.

4. A slothful man will not usually work for somebody else, but will work for himself.

5. A slothful man will not work, nor will he give excuses for not working.

6. A slothful man is very aware that he is slothful.

7. One way to conquer slothfulness is to give a man the responsibility of having his own business.

8. A sluggard is a very weak-willed person.

9. The mind of the slothful is as sluggish as his body.

10. A sluggard likes to begin things but not finish them.

11. If a slothful man is to be helped at all, his food supply must be taken from him.

Evaluation score:
9-11 correct = You understand a sluggard
5-8 correct =    You do not recognize slothfulness.
0-4 correct =   You will have difficulty with slothful people

Answer key:
1) F, 2) F, 3) F, 4) F, 5) F, 6) F, 7) F, 8) F, 9) F, 10) F, 11) T


Found this gem for ten cents at New Life Thrift.  I bought it for the cover art but found some real good stuff on the inside.  Published in 1983 by the Institute in Basic Life Principles, as an adjunct to Men’s Manual, Volume II on achieving financial freedom.

Provides a paragraph or two justifying the answer table.  Some fun facts.  Challenges real men to be more like the ant, less like the sloth, the ant wins every time.  Mainly in the form of proverbs.

The sloth is the embodiment of idleness, may spend its entire life in a single tree.  Ninety nine percent of its life is spent hanging upside down, everything is right when upside down.  It has 23 pairs of ribs compared to 12 for man.  It can turn its head 180 degrees in either direction.  Too idle to clean itself, the sloth turns green from the algae growing in its hair.

On how to counteract slothfulness with hunger, the ever popular “If any would not work, neither should he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10).  And to learn diligence the demanding “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-8).

God’s warning’s on sleep!   “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?  when wilt thou rise out of thy sleep?” (Proverbs 6:9).  And, “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14)


The running segment of today’s column.  This illustration from the book encourages man to be like the ant.  A leaf-cutter ant may carry up to 50 times its own weight over 100 yards.  That is the same as a 200 pound man carrying five tons on his back for 17 miles!  Slackers!!  Notice how the runner appears very fit and is even wearing spikes but still lags behind the superior worker.  There’s an analogy about Nebraska Run Guru Elite in there for those that will see.  Giddyup!