Vote for the Articles that You would Like to Read

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.

23 Responses to Vote for the Articles that You would Like to Read

  1. full_time_80 says:

    I vote for the blood-letting article for its persuasive arguement to remove the ‘faulty’ life-blood-draining excuses for being lazy. The training article sounds good also. If an employer sees a possible hiree trying to educate him or herself in their field, it makes sense that this person would qualify as a good employee simply for not allowing the fact that they don’t have a learned trade in that field as an excuse to stop them from trying. It shows initiative. Even reading and posting as I do now, I am learning to show initiative for learning to better myself and to find gratitude in any situation in life.

  2. full_time_80 says:

    THe ACS and PAL article is very poignant. I believe that employers have lost billions because of the effects of laziness on the part of employers. It may have even spawned the need for robotic machinery in the work industry as well. The discouragement article is something I can relate to, but now realize out of necessity how can we just give up on ourselves and our families. So let’s ‘move the ball’ in the right direction.

  3. admal says:

    I am really intrigued by the idea of “Temporal Selfishness” as a cause of sloth. It also strikes me as a type of schizophrenia, since the person is acting as if me-in-2011 is actually a different person from me-in-2015. Is it a different person? BTW, if it really is a different person, then why would someone want to save for retirement? /// In any case, perhaps something that would be a treatment for selfishness would also work on laziness? So what is a “treatment” for selfishness?

  4. Bill says:

    RE; lazi vs depression. I know what i can try ( work) to achieve the result that would be nice. AHHHH whats the use, i’ve tried hard at others , even some similar, and the results were Nill, so I’m not gone do it, it won’t work, nothing works for me, ever.

    • adpal says:

      Hi Bill – Welcome to PAL! Are there any articles that caught your attention? We would be very interested to hear your sincere thoughts. Your opinion matters. :-)

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  6. bill says:

    Why is there a simple math problem just above the Comment space? The photo, of the tree lined road , is GREAT

    • adpal says:

      Bill – That is there, so when you enter a comment you prove that you are human and not a computer trying to post spam messages. The photo came with the WordPress installation. I like it too. BTW, do you have any thoughts about the content of the articles? I would be very interested to read your comments about the content of the articles. :-)

  7. bill says:

    I dont beleive that any one is Lazy. That is a derogatory term, intended for use to shame, and label people , whom the user of the term has decided that others are not comforming with what he, or she , wants them to do.

    • adpal says:

      Maybe you are right. It may be that laziness does not really exist. A doctor actually told me once something very similar. He said: “Laziness does not exist – it is just depression.” But if that is correct, then what are we to make of all of the references to laziness in ancient literature? For example, Benjamin Franklin warned people about laziness quite a bit. Also, laziness (aka “sloth”) is listed as one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” in very ancient spiritual books. Do you think it should be removed from that list? Do you think that there are other items on that list of 7 deadly sins that should also be removed?

  8. perception vs reality says:

    Laziness is an example of a “maladaptive behavior” … How about an article that discusses various maladaptive behaviors and what they have in common?

  9. perception vs reality says:

    Be prepared – how about an article about hurricane sandy? Was laziness a factor that caused some ppl to fail to prepare?

  10. perception vs reality says:

    Favorite arties i would like to see:
    What causes poverty?
    Sacred cow in the war on poverty?
    Can laziness cause poverty?
    Knowledge versus anti-knowledge
    How to get a free college education

  11. perception vs reality says:

    Years ago knowledge was exspensive and commodities were cheap. Now it is just the opposite. We tend to value things depending on how much we have to pay for them and by the value that ppl in our social group put on them.

  12. perception vs reality says:

    What might have been … There are roughly three possible life outcomes corresponding to 1) laziness 2) reasonable productivity and 3) workaholism. How about an article to compare contrast these. Ask the reader to come up with his own outcomes for each of the three in his own life and suggest your own too. Then compare it with where u r at. And the remaining portion of yr life …?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Rich lazy and veryunhappy. A lot of ppl in that category. Seems strange. Lack of perspective forgetting to count blessings.

  14. Anonymous says:

    There’s still time to change the road you’re on … Reversible and non-reversible decisions. Some decisions r clearly reversible and some r clearly not reversible. Like suicide. Then there is a large swath of in-between-type decisions that r (technically) reversible but, in Practise they r only very rarely reversed. Like “starting smoking”. Because earlier decisions create momentum in our lives. Another decision has to do with self-exertion and time management. If the choice is made to exert at a low level then it can become a habit. Generally habits come into being bcz there is some kind of positive feedback system at work. The habit of unhealthfully low self-exertion is Aka “laziness.”

  15. Anonymous says:

    Working vs looking for work. Ppl tend to b willing to self-exert at different levels in these two important components of the career life. Rejection is hard to handle. And preparation or study is hard to justify if there is an unclear “guarantee” of payoff for the non-compensated prep work.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hiding out – means that I hope no one calls bcz I don’t want to go out – and I don’t want to leave the house until after “work hours” so ppl will assume that I really am working. That is a sucky way to live. I have done that. Has to do with shame.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Sick and healthy

    Many ppl have a healthy sex instinct but a sick gather-resources-by-work instinct. So generally there are two ways of looking at ppl: sick and healthy. We all exist somewhere on a spectrum between those two points. So do u want to meet a girl who is more sick or more healthy? Obviously u want to meet a healthy woman. So what kind of man does a healthy woman want to meet? There is yr answer. She wants a man with a healthy sex instinct AND a healthy gather-resources-work instinct. U have got the first part generally under control. How about the second part?

    Alternatively you could just go for a woman who is closer to the “sick” side of the spectrum. She would probably b happy to accept u as u r with a poor work ethic. But is there a downside to getting into that type of relationship?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Create a chart showing how couples get together and how the health or sickness of their individual sex and work instincts impact the health or sickness of the relationship

    This chart describes four different combinations of (H)ealthy and (S)ick sex and work instincts as they can occur in couples. Each of the four lines describes a man / woman in a couple. Cases of S(ick) instincts are marked in red to make it clearer where potential problems can arise.

    1) Sex: H, Work: H / Sex: H, Work: H
    2) Sex: H, Work: H / Sex: H, Work: S
    3) Sex: H, Work: S / Sex: H, Work: H
    4) Sex: H, Work: S / Sex: H, Work: S

  19. Anonymous says:

    The Goldilocks Zone – too lazy or too workaholic or just right? U decide. In your ownmind u factor in your illness your history your own measurement of what a reasonable day looks like for u.

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