In "Life of Pi" why does Pi describe the sloth as a "beautiful example of the miracle of life?"

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In the section where Pi is talking about sloths, he praises them for many of their qualities, all of them reminding him of God, and the miracle of existence.  He first describes their demeanors as "calm, quiet, and introspective," and goes on to say that that type of personality "did something to soothe my shattered self."  He said that they reminded him of

"upside-down yogis deep in meditation or hermits deep in prayer, wise beings"

who lived  "peaceful" and "in perfect harmony" lives.  So, in that sense, their serenity, their contentment, and calm demeanors reminded him of wisdom and God.  But also, considering how slow the sloth is, and how dulled their senses, it is a miracle that they survived at all.  Because they did survive though-despite being completely helpless against predators and threats-was a miracle in and of itself.  Life is full of miracles, and the sloth's existence is proof of that, that it could survive despite its vulnerability.

I hope that helps a bit!

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