Vote for the Articles that You would Like to Read

The Blood-Letting Model for Curing Laziness - In the 1700′s Doctors used leeches to treat illnesses.  Their theory was that sickness was due to an excess of “bad” blood – so, they attempted to treat the underlying condition by removing blood with leeches.   They called this “blood-letting.”  From the perspective of modern medicine, we now know that this treatment probably killed many more patients than it cured.  Hence, even without having any medical training, a uneducated lay person from 2011 would be able to improve the medical treatment of patients in the 1700′s simply by recommending that they get rid of all of the leeches.  (Perhaps by just squishing them?)  ////  People Against Laziness has an analogous “treatment” to reduce the severity of Laziness in a patient.   Even though we do not have a specific medicine that we can “add” to the patient (in the sense of a pill to cure sloth), we can at least recommend that patients “remove” their faulty, life-blood-draining excuses for being lazy.   In this sense, removing irrational excuses for laziness (even without adding a replacement treatment) will tend to improve the patient in the same sense that removing leeches would have been an improvement for patients in the 1700′s (even without adding a replacement medicine.)

Discouragement: When does it make sense to give up? - This article explores the difference between “admirable determination” and “wrong-headed stubbornness” among goal seekers.  The question is: What is the point at which circumstances and intermediate results indicate that the sensible course is to change course?  Job-seekers often report a sense of burnout in their quest to find work.  When this stage occurs, they will sometimes slow-down or just stop looking entirely.   When asked about the rational for their decreased efforts, they will sometimes respond with statements like: “I am beginning to wonder if it makes the most sense to just give up!”  Our premise is that, for the day-to-day goal of becoming self-supporting, the rational decision is to continue to make a full-time effort to find work.   The point at which it would make sense to “just give up” is, in modern society, not even remotely approached.

Encouragement vs Pestering - PAL counselors work with clients by encouraging them to continue in their efforts to become self-supporting.  This article examines the fine line between encouragement and pestering (or nagging).  What is the optimal frequency of contact between a counselor and their client?   Experience shows that this is partly a judgement call and partially something that can be agreed upon (via contract) between a counselor and client.

ACS and PAL -  Explores the differences and similarities between the ACS (American Cancer Society) and PAL (People Against Laziness.)  Part of the motivation for this article is to respond to the frequently offered criticism of PAL that: “There is no possible cure for Laziness!”  We show that Cancer and Laziness are similar in that there are:

  1. Some cases which are curable
  2. Some cases which go into seemingly spontaneous remission,
  3. Some cases which are (currently) not curable.

Another similarity between Cancer and Laziness is that both conditions annually cause many billions of dollars of economic damage, as well as incalculable loss in terms of human suffering.   Just as the ACS would be wrong to use those cases of incurable cancer as a justification to abandon their research into curing cancer, so PAL continues our research even in the face of some (seemingly) incurable cases of Laziness.  This article is partially written, already.

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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