The following is a list of article-stubs which the People Against Laziness staff are thinking to add to our blog. Each of these (proposed) articles is an attempt to explore an idea that relates to the sickness of laziness, with an eye towards finding a cure. Please leave a comment to vote on which article(s) you would most be interested in reading. That way we will know where to focus our energies for going forward. Also, if you would like to write an article of your own (either based on one of the following stubs or your own idea), then we would be very happy to invite you to join the PAL editorial staff. In any case, your comments and ideas are always welcome!
Here are a list of article-stubs which are still being “cooked up”. Which ones would you be most interested in reading?
Comics – A multi-page “sub-blog” with cartoons and humorous charts or articles re laziness. Much truth is spoken in jest. Examples:
- CHART: how unemployed (and supposedly looking for work) people actually spend their day – with examples ranging from lazy to industrious.
- CARTOON: a mother banging on her son’s bedroom door and yelling at him to look for a job. Its 2 PM and the son is still in bed. Excuses.
- CARTOON: a PAL missionary interviewing graduating college students. Asking what their majors were and what kind of jobs they expect to find.
- ARTICLE: anecdotes describing the lifestyles of lazy people that we have met over the years – who have provided the inspiration for PAL.
- FLOWCHART: an exhaustive analysis of all possible excuses for wasting the day. How to creatively evade all opportunities to succeed.
- CARTOON: hiring manager interviews prospective employee. Asks why he hasn’t found a job in 99 weeks.
- CARTOON: students in a college dorm complaining about math and science courses. They rationalize why it makes sense to major in fine arts, instead.
Laziness vs Depression: Is there a Difference? – Many people are of the view that laziness does not actually exist. The problem with this perspective is that it seems to define “personal responsibility” right out of existence. PAL’s view is that Depression does really exist – as well as many other illnesses, mental and physical. These illness do indeed have a real impact on an individual’s strength level when it comes time for them to exert themselves in “productive activity.” At the same time, we believe that there is another sense in which productive activity is a personal choice.
This discussion helps us to form a simple definition of laziness: When work is morally obligatory, but a person chooses to not exert themselves to the level (perhaps a diminished level) at which they are capable (or, at least to the level necessary to satisfy the obligation in question), then that is laziness. So … when is work morally obligatory? That is a very good question – one which we shall attempt to address in another article.
Work Ethic: Stories of Change and Renewal - How can a person change from having a bad work ethic to having a good work ethic? This article explores examples of life-changing incidents which are commonly associated with a change in work ethic. Our goal is to see if there are lessons that can be drawn from these examples, and then applied to lazy clients.
Examples of life events which tend to impact work ethic:
- My girlfriend is pregnant.
- This is my last chance.
- The judge told me that I need to keep my nose clean – or else.
- Getting beaten up.
- There is something that I really want to have.
- My child desperately needs something.
- The doctor just told me that I only have 3 months to live.
- A brush with death causes me to realize that I don’t have forever.
- Seeing a contemporary succeed with a major goal.
So what is the common element? Fear? Responsibility? Shame? Pain? Desire? Sense of one’s own mortality? Love? Proof that success is do-able? All of the above? Interestingly, even in the cases under consideration, there are still many people who would not be strongly impacted by them. Perhaps the degree to which a person would be influence by one of these events is tied to their instinct for self-preservation. A person with a low sense of self-preservation (or even a death wish) might be barely impacted by an incident that reminds them of their own mortality.