A Vision for Growth - How we would like to see PAL expand across all communities that contain Lazy people who request help. Clients will enter contact information via the website, and then they will be connected with a free, volunteer, non-professional anti-sloth counselor/mentor in their area. Ideas for TV advertising. Ideas for government lobbying efforts to eliminate programs which currently encourage or reward lazy behavior.
Training for Marketable Job Skills - Job training is a significant barrier for many unemployed people. It often happens that, the job that a person would like to apply for, requires a skill-level that they do not have. The traditional or usual response to this obstacle is either a) to seek specialized training in a college or trade-school or b) to use the expense and/or inconvenience of continuing education as an excuse to give up on one’s hoped-for career. Case “b” may even mean “remaining unemployed or un-self-supporting.” ///// This article describes multiple job-skills which can be either a) entirely self-taught or b) partially self-taught (at least to the point that would enable a job-applicant to get an interview.) In any case, a key requirement for successful self-teaching is self-discipline and dedication – two qualities which Lazy people often lack. Although it is true that many positions do require a certain level of University degree or skill certification, there are also a large number of employers who recognize the value in hiring someone who has already made an independent effort to self-educate. This article is partially written, already.
Does Depression Cause Laziness? Does Laziness Cause Depression? Clarification of terms that have multiple meanings: Depression and Laziness. /// Depression can have a basis in 1) a brain chemistry-based sickness or 2) legitimately grieving over a loss. There is also 3) a subjective sense of depression which is one by-product of self-chosen inactivity. In this sense, the feeling of Depression may simply be self-loathing due to regret over lost time and opportunity or just the perception of the lack of self-discipline. /// Self-chosen inactivity (when activity and productivity is morally obligatory) is another way of looking at Laziness. Discussion of self-pity as a personal choice, and the impact of that choice on productive activity levels. /// The danger of disingenuously mixing the three separate meanings of the word “Depression.” /// One symptom of Depression (in all 3 meanings) is that there is a decrease in productivity or enthusiasm. This decrease in productivity is also a symptom of Laziness, although the cause of the decrease in productivity many not, itself, be Laziness. Notice: there are at least three possible causes (per the three definitions of Depression) for the symptom of low productivity – but one of those causes is Laziness. The determination of the actual cause may, in some cases, be especially difficult because Depression 1, 2 and 3 may over-lap with one another.
Conclusion: Laziness (in the sense of self-chosen inactivity when activity and productivity is morally obligatory) will always cause a subjective sense of Depression. Likewise, Depression (in the sense of meaning 3 above) can encourage Laziness by deepening the rut of the inactive-lifestyle’s psychological support system. Hence, we see a vicious and debilitating circle.