Sloth is the failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.
— John Ortberg
The sloth is a tropical mammal that lives much of its life hanging upside-down from tree branches. When obliged to descend to the ground, sloths crawl along a level surface at the rate of ten feet a minute (meaning their top sprint is one-ninth of a mile per hour).
Sloths are generally sluggish and inactive; they build no nests and seek no shelter even for their young. They sleep fifteen to twenty-two hours a day, rising in the late afternoon to eat whatever leaves may be close at hand. Being so passive, they are virtually untrainable, although occasionally you'll find one working as a denominational official or on a roadside construction crew.
From time to time, a sloth hangs around my home and office, a discovery that has surprised me. I'm familiar with lots of my faults but never suspected this one. Up to now, I've been careful to whom I admit it.
I'm careful because sloth is our society's unforgivable ...1