Knowledge and Anti-Knowledge - Job training requires instruction in usable or marketable skills. Libraries and WWW contain many sources of training in marketable skills. Unfortunately, there exists many more sources of useless (yet fascinating) information. We refer to these useless (yet fascinating) information fountains as “Anti-Knowledge”, since they, effectively, serve to drain time and energy away from profitable job-training and skill-building. Examples of Anti-Knowledge: 99% of TV. 98% of WWW. 90% of Library books. 95% of human interactions. Sports-mania. Video-Games. /// Article needs to address the question of: “How much playful downtime should a person be engaged in?” Obviously, that is a needed part of life, and Anti-Knowledge can be useful in that regard. The danger is that people who are struggling to become self-supporting may be ensnared by Anti-Knowledge sources. This will be especially true for an unemployed person who already has poor self-control or self-discipline skills. /// There are also many cases in which K and Anti-K are mixed together in a single resource. Examples. /// One problem with regular K is that it is, typically, not as “interesting” as Anti-K. This makes things more difficult for people who have short attention spans. /// Students and job-seekers need to be vigorously warned about the dangers of Anti-K sources.
Things that cannot be directly measured - Sloth is very difficult to measure or define. The important things in life are, generally, difficult to measure. A common criticism of PAL, is that, because the subject matter is so difficult to define, it is therefore ridiculous to attempt to influence it. This article addresses that question by pointing out that there are many other items in the same category. For many of these important, but difficult-to-measure entities, there are specific steps that can be taken to “move the ball” in the direction of improvement. Conclusion: Laziness is difficult to define and measure. Keeping Laziness under control is an important part of a having a meaningful and fulfilling life. Although it is difficult to directly impact Laziness, there are specific steps which can be taken which will have, as a by-product, an improvement in an individual’s willingness to be focused and productive. The PAL charter is therefore a worthwhile and obtainable pursuit.
Examples of things that are difficult to measure: Love, friendship, peace-of-mind, purpose, courage, gratitude, trust. These are things that give meaning to life. So far as human life is concerned, if anything is “real”, then these are real. /// Alternatively, here are some things that can be very accurately measured: money, property, clothes, jewels, gold. While these things give security and comfort to life, they are all things that, at the end of the day, do not give (much) meaning to life. To the extent that they do give meaning to life, the meaning is “shallow.” /// Examples of (negative) things that are important, but difficult to measure. The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Greed, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy & Sloth. We know them when we experience them.