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A lack of attention to one’s thoughts and deeds, or a failure to give adequate thought to the consequences of one’s actions, often leading to distressing results.

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Carelessness in speech

Leviticus 5:4 NASB95
‘Or if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, in whatever matter a man may speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty in one of these.
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Warnings against carelessness in actions

Exodus 21:33–34 NASB95
“If a man opens a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, the owner of the pit shall make restitution; he shall give money to its owner, and the dead animal shall become his.
beExodus 21:22–25; Exodus 21:28–29; Exodus 21:35–36; Exodus 22:5; See also Exodus 21:22–25; Exodus 21:28–29; Exodus 21:35–36; Exodus 22:5; Leviticus 5:2–3; Num 35:22–24; ; ; ; mers

Unintentional sins resulting from carelessness

By the nation

Leviticus 4:13 NASB95
‘Now if the whole congregation of Israel commits error and the matter escapes the notice of the assembly, and they commit any of the things which the Lord has commanded not to be done, and they become guilty;
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By an individual

Leviticus 4:27 NASB95
‘Now if anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any of the things which the Lord has commanded not to be done, and becomes guilty,
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Examples of carelessness

Careless speech

Judges 11:30–35 NASB95
Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If You will indeed give the sons of Ammon into my hand, then it shall be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the sons of Ammon, it shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.” So Jephthah crossed over to the sons of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord gave them into his hand. He struck them with a very great slaughter from Aroer to the entrance of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim. So the sons of Ammon were subdued before the sons of Israel. When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, behold, his daughter was coming out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. Now she was his one and only child; besides her he had no son or daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are among those who trouble me; for I have given my word to the Lord, and I cannot take it back.”
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Careless actions and omissions

Matthew 7:26–27 NASB95
Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
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What causes the character trait of carelessness?
Q. What lies under the character trait of carelessness? What causes it? What are the things that characterize this character trait?
causes it? What are the things that characterize this
What causes it?
What are the things that characterize this character trait?
character trait?
A. The careless person is a negligent person. The personality trait of carelessness, a tendency toward negligence, is generally associated with a large cluster of other tendencies. They form a type of personality. For insight let us first consider the following dictionary definitions: Careless. Not done with care; neglectful. Negligent. Habitually neglecting to do what ought to be done; neglectful. Frivolous. Inclined to levity; not serious; silly; fickle. Lazy. Unwilling to work or engage in energetic activity; indolent; slothful. Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary For more insight let us now refer to Roget's International Thesaurus. The following are traits that are often associated with carelessness Carelessness, negligence, laxness, heedlessness, disregardfulness, thoughtlessness, indifference, unconscientiousness, unmeticulousness, slovenliness Impulsiveness, impetuousness, thoughtlessness, undeliberateness Unconcerned, indifferent, not care, not give a damn, easygoing, devil-may-care Easygoing, remiss, lax, procrastinating Inattentive, heedless, unobserving, undiscerning, unperceiving, unreflecting, incurious, uninquisitive, uninquiring Thoughtless, scatterbrained, brainless, emptyheaded, witless Frivolous, shallow, superficial, featherbrained, birdwitted Undisciplined, capricious, whimsical, erratic Lazy, indolent, remiss, lax, slothful Untidy, negligent, careless, slipshod, slovenly, messy, disorderly, unmethodical, unsystematic Let us pick some words from above: Frivolous, shallow, undisciplined, capricious, thoughtless, easygoing, unconcerned. What causes the character trait of carelessness? We can get insight from Aristotle. According to Aristotle a character trait is caused by repeatedly doing some particular thing. With repetition it becomes a habit, a character trait. Take the character trait of laziness as an example. A person acquires the character trait of laziness by repeatedly taking the route of avoiding work, of repeatedly ignoring the voice of conscience, intellect, prudence in regard to what he ought to do. He has developed the habit of taking the easy road in regard to work. He just avoids it. By repeatedly doing this it becomes a way of thinking, a way of dealing with life. Now a person who is careless, or negligent, is one who habitually doesn't do the things he ought to do. He is untidy. The house is a disaster, in total disarray. He doesn't put anything away. What explanation can you give for this kind of behavior? Could the explanation lie in that character trait that we call laziness? Could it be that he is just lazy? Why doesn't he put things away? It is too much trouble. He doesn't want to go to the trouble of putting them away. It is just too much bother. And there is a problem, an obstacle. He doesn't know where to put them. He has accumulated so much stuff his storage spaces are all full. Nor does he want to go to the trouble of figuring out the best way of solving the problem. Of organizing and storing them, or where to store them. That requires the activity called thinking. He is averse to that. Thinking, analyzing, figuring things out is just not one of his specialties. It is too much trouble, too much work. It is just an activity he shys away from. So when he changes his clothes he just throws the old ones in a pile on a chair. He has no self-discipline. He is impulsive. He does whatever he wishes. He buys this and he buys that, whatever his heart desires. He has a whole lot of stuff and no place to keep it. So his stuff is strewn all over the house in piles. He is just not a methodical person, never has been one. His mind just doesn't work that way. Organizing things requires thought, not one of his specialties. He is not lazy in everything. He is not lazy in doing things he enjoys doing. He has plenty of energy for doing things that give him pleasure. He can show a lot of perseverance in doing things he likes to do, wants to do. But with regard to drab, mundane tasks that give him no pleasure, he is very procrastinating, dilatory and foot- dragging. He is impulse oriented, mood oriented, feeling oriented. He doesn't do what he doesn't want to do. He just habitually avoids doing things that he doesn't feel like doing. It is a way of life for him. Confusion and disarray don't bother him at all. It is a way of life. He doesn't deal with basic problems at their root. He just lives with them. Now, for added insight, let us consider the opposite character trait from carelessness: carefulness. Consider the following dictionary definitions: Careful. Exercising care in one's work; thorough; painstaking. Conscientious. 1. Governed by or done in accordance with conscience; scrupulous. 2. Careful and thorough; painstaking. Honest. Not given to lying, cheating, stealing, etc.; acting honorably and justly; trustworthy. Serious. Grave and earnest in quality, feeling, or disposition; thoughtful; sober. Syn. Serious, earnest and sober are compared as they characterize persons. A serious person is not frivolous, but diligent in work, and always mindful of his responsibilities as a parent, citizen, employee, etc. Earnest adds a note of zeal, sincerity, and perseverance to serious, and so is generally a stronger word. The sober person is calm and composed, and not easily excited. Industrious. Characterized by or showing assiduity in work or effort; hard-working; diligent. Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary From Roget's International Thesaaurus we get: Honesty, integrity, probity, conscientiousness, scrupulousness, high principles, moral strength, trustworthiness, reliability, dependability Seriousness, earnestness, purposefulness, resolution, determination, resolve, will power, moral fiber, self-control, self-discipline, self-denial, self-reliance Industrious, assiduous, diligent, energetic, hardworking We see now that the honest, conscientious, serious, hardworking type of person has something in him that the careless, indifferent, negligent person doesn't have. What is it? It is something inside himself that requires him to do the right thing, the honest thing, the intelligent thing. He has that voice within that tells him how he ought to act - and he obeys that voice. He is a person who habitually obeys the voice of Conscience, Reason, and Prudence within. He does what he knows he should do even though it may require a lot of work and be hard. He habitually takes the high road even though it may be the hard road. He is not daunted by difficulty. He does the right thing. He is a person of integrity. He has a self- discipline and moral strength that the careless person doesn't have. The careless, negligent person who takes the easy, lazy path in doing things reveals a lack of integrity that will likely reveal itself in other ways as well.
A. The careless person is a negligent person. The personality trait of carelessness, a tendency toward negligence, is generally associated with a large cluster of other tendencies.
trait of carelessness, a tendency toward negligence, is
generally associated with a large cluster of other tendencies.
They form a type of personality. For insight let us first consider the following dictionary definitions:
consider the following dictionary definitions:
Careless. Not done with care; neglectful. Negligent. Habitually neglecting to do what ought to be done;
Negligent. Habitually neglecting to do what ought to be done;
neglectful. Frivolous. Inclined to levity; not serious; silly; fickle.
Frivolous. Inclined to levity; not serious; silly; fickle.
Lazy. Unwilling to work or engage in energetic activity; indolent; slothful.
indolent; slothful.
Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary
For more insight let us now refer to Roget's International
Thesaurus. The following are traits that are often associated with carelessness:
with carelessness:
Carelessness, negligence, laziness, heedlessness, disregard-fullness, thoughtlessness, indifference,
disregard-fullness, thoughtlessness, indifference,
unconscientiousness, unmeticulousness, slovenliness Impulsiveness, impetuousness, thoughtlessness, undeliberateness Unconcerned, indifferent, not care, not give a damn,
Impulsiveness, impetuousness, thoughtlessness, undeliberateness
Unconcerned, indifferent, not care, not give a damn,
easygoing, devil-may-care Easygoing, remiss, lax, procrastinating Inattentive, heedless, unobserving, undiscerning, unperceiving, unreflecting, incurious, uninquisitive, uninquiring Thoughtless, scatterbrained, brainless, empty headed, witless Frivolous, shallow, superficial, featherbrained, bird witted Undisciplined, capricious, whimsical, erratic Lazy, indolent, remiss, lax, slothful Untidy, negligent, careless, slipshod, slovenly, messy, disorderly, unmethodical, unsystematic
Easygoing, remiss, lax, procrastinating
Inattentive, heedless, unobserving, undiscerning, unperceiving,
unreflecting, incurious, uninquisitive, uninquiring
Thoughtless, scatterbrained, brainless, empty headed, witless
Frivolous, shallow, superficial, featherbrained, bird witted
Undisciplined, capricious, whimsical, erratic
Lazy, indolent, remiss, lax, slothful
Untidy, negligent, careless, slipshod, slovenly, messy,
disorderly, unmethodical, unsystematic
Let us pick some words from above: Frivolous, shallow, undisciplined, capricious, thoughtless, easy going, unconcerned.
undisciplined, capricious, thoughtless, easy going, unconcerned.
What causes the character trait of carelessness?
We can get insight from Aristotle. According to Aristotle a character trait is caused by repeatedly doing some particular thing. With repetition it becomes a habit, a character trait.
insight from Aristotle. According to Aristotle a character
trait is caused by repeatedly doing some particular thing.
With repetition it becomes a habit, a character trait.
Take the character trait of laziness as an example. A person acquires the character trait of laziness by repeatedly taking the route of avoiding work, of repeatedly ignoring the voice of conscience, intellect, prudence in regard to what he ought to do. He has developed the habit of taking the easy road in
acquires the character trait of laziness by repeatedly taking
the route of avoiding work, of repeatedly ignoring the voice of
conscience, intellect, prudence in regard to what he ought to
do. He has developed the habit of taking the easy road in
regard to work. He just avoids it. By repeatedly doing this it becomes a way of thinking, a way of dealing with life. Now a person who is careless, or negligent, is one who habitually doesn't do the things he ought to do. He is untidy. The house is a disaster, in total disarray. He doesn't put anything away.
it becomes a way of thinking, a way of dealing with life. Now
a person who is careless, or negligent, is one who habitually
What explanation can you give for this kind of behavior?
doesn't do the things he ought to do. He is untidy. The house
is a disaster, in total disarray. He doesn't put anything
away. What explanation can you give for this kind of behavior?
Could the explanation lie in that character trait that we call laziness? Could it be that he is just lazy? Why doesn't he put things away? It is too much trouble. He doesn't want to go to the trouble of putting them away. It is just too much bother. And there is a problem, an obstacle. He doesn't know where to put them. He has accumulated so much stuff his storage spaces are all full. Nor does he want to go to the trouble of figuring out the best way of solving the problem.
laziness? Could it be that he is just lazy? Why doesn't he
put things away? It is too much trouble. He doesn't want to
go to the trouble of putting them away. It is just too much
bother. And there is a problem, an obstacle. He doesn't know
where to put them. He has accumulated so much stuff his
storage spaces are all full. Nor does he want to go to the
trouble of figuring out the best way of solving the problem.
Of organizing and storing them, or where to store them. That requires the activity called thinking. He is averse to that. Thinking, analyzing, figuring things out is just not one of his specialties. It is too much trouble, too much work. It is just an activity he shy's away from. So when he changes his clothes he just throws the old ones in a pile on a chair.
requires the activity called thinking. He is averse to that.
Thinking, analyzing, figuring things out is just not one of his
specialties. It is too much trouble, too much work. It is
just an activity he shy's away from. So when he changes his clothes he just throws the old ones in a pile on a chair.
He has no self-discipline. He is impulsive. He does whatever he wishes. He buys this and he buys that, whatever his heart desires.
He has a whole lot of stuff and no place to keep it. So his stuff is strewn all over the house in piles. He is just
So his stuff is strewn all over the house in piles. He is just
not a methodical person, never has been one. His mind just doesn't work that way. Organizing things requires thought, not one of his specialties. He is not lazy in everything. He is not lazy in doing things he enjoys doing. He has plenty of energy for doing things that give him pleasure. He can show a lot of perseverance in doing things he likes to do, wants to do. But with regard to drab, mundane tasks that give him no pleasure, he is very procrastinating, dilatory and foot-dragging. He is impulse oriented, mood oriented, feeling oriented. He doesn't do what he doesn't want to do. He just habitually avoids doing things that he doesn't feel like doing. It is a way of life for him. Confusion and disarray don't bother him at all. It is a way of life. He doesn't deal with basic problems at their root. He just lives with them.
doesn't work that way. Organizing things requires thought, not
one of his specialties. He is not lazy in everything. He is
not lazy in doing things he enjoys doing. He has plenty of
energy for doing things that give him pleasure. He can show a
lot of perseverance in doing things he likes to do, wants to
do. But with regard to drab, mundane tasks that give him no
pleasure, he is very procrastinating, dilatory and foot-
Now, for added insight, let us consider the opposite character trait from carelessness: carefulness. Consider the following dictionary definitions:
dragging. He is impulse oriented, mood oriented, feeling
oriented. He doesn't do what he doesn't want to do. He just
habitually avoids doing things that he doesn't feel like doing.
It is a way of life for him. Confusion and disarray don't
bother him at all. It is a way of life. He doesn't deal with
basic problems at their root. He just lives with them.
Now, for added insight, let us consider the opposite character
trait from carelessness: carefulness. Consider the following
dictionary definitions:
Careful. Exercising care in one's work; thorough; painstaking.
Conscientious. 1. Governed by or done in accordance with
conscience; scrupulous. 2. Careful and thorough; painstaking.
Honest. Not given to lying, cheating, stealing, etc.; acting
honorably and justly; trustworthy. Serious. Grave and earnest in quality, feeling, or disposition;
Serious. Grave and earnest in quality, feeling, or disposition;
thoughtful; sober. Syn. Serious, earnest and sober are compared as they characterize persons. A serious person is not frivolous, but diligent in work, and always mindful of his responsibilities as a parent, citizen, employee, etc. Earnest adds a note of zeal, sincerity, and perseverance to serious, and so is generally a
Syn. Serious, earnest and sober are compared as they
characterize persons. A serious person is not frivolous, but
diligent in work, and always mindful of his responsibilities as
a parent, citizen, employee, etc. Earnest adds a note of zeal,
sincerity, and perseverance to serious, and so is generally a
stronger word. The sober person is calm and composed, and not easily excited.
easily excited.
Industrious. Characterized by or showing assiduity in work or effort; hard-working; diligent.
effort; hard-working; diligent.
Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary
From Roget's International Thesaurus we get:
Honesty, integrity, probity, conscientiousness, scrupulousness,
high principles, moral strength, trustworthiness, reliability, dependability Seriousness, earnestness, purposefulness, resolution, determination, resolve, will power, moral fiber, self-control, self-discipline, self-denial, self-reliance Industrious, assiduous, diligent, energetic, hardworking
dependability Seriousness, earnestness, purposefulness, resolution,
Seriousness, earnestness, purposefulness, resolution,
determination, resolve, will power, moral fiber, self-control,
self-discipline, self-denial, self-reliance
Industrious, assiduous, diligent, energetic, hardworking
We see now that the honest, conscientious, serious, hardworking type of person has something in him that the careless, indifferent, negligent person doesn't have.
type of person has something in him that the careless,
What is it?
indifferent, negligent person doesn't have. What is it? It is
It is something inside himself that requires him to do the right thing, the honest thing, the intelligent thing. He has that voice within that tells him how he ought to act - and he obeys that voice. He is a person who habitually obeys the voice of Conscience, Reason, and Prudence within. He does what he knows
something inside himself that requires him to do the right
thing, the honest thing, the intelligent thing. He has that
voice within that tells him how he ought to act - and he obeys
that voice. He is a person who habitually obeys the voice of
Conscience, Reason, and Prudence within. He does what he knows
he should do even though it may require a lot of work and be hard. He habitually takes the high road even though it may be the hard road. He is not daunted by difficulty. He does the right thing. He is a person of integrity. He has a self-discipline and moral strength that the careless person doesn't have. The careless, negligent person who takes the easy, lazy path in doing things reveals a lack of integrity that will likely reveal itself in other ways as well.
hard. He habitually takes the high road even though it may be
the hard road. He is not daunted by difficulty. He does the
right thing. He is a person of integrity. He has a self-
discipline and moral strength that the careless person doesn't
have. The careless, negligent person who takes the easy, lazy
path in doing things reveals a lack of integrity that will
likely reveal itself in other ways as well.
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