Vote for the Articles that You would Like to Read

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:

  1. CHART:  how unemployed (and supposedly looking for work) people actually spend their day – with examples ranging from lazy to industrious.
  2. 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.
  3. CARTOON: a PAL missionary interviewing graduating college students.  Asking what their majors were and what kind of jobs they expect to find.
  4. ARTICLE: anecdotes describing the lifestyles of lazy people that we have met over the years – who have provided the inspiration for PAL.
  5. FLOWCHART:  an exhaustive analysis of all possible excuses for wasting the day.  How to creatively evade all opportunities to succeed.
  6. CARTOON: hiring manager interviews prospective employee.  Asks why he hasn’t found a job in 99 weeks.
  7. 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:

  1. My girlfriend is pregnant.
  2. This is my last chance.
  3. The judge told me that I need to keep my nose clean – or else.
  4. Getting beaten up.
  5. There is something that I really want to have.
  6. My child desperately needs something.
  7. The doctor just told me that I only have 3 months to live.
  8. A brush with death causes me to realize that I don’t have forever.
  9. 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.  

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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