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Why It's Best To Be Lazy And Apathetic

Updated on March 17, 2010

Laziness and apathy are often labeled as negative traits, but there are some very positive upsides to them that I think we would be remiss to ignore. We've been taught that it is best to work hard, set goals and achieve them, but is that really true? Does it matter if we set goals and achieve them?

Take mass murderers for instance, those are some goal oriented, driven people who think outside the box. Whenever I stumble across one of those crime channel specials about some guy or gal who went about wacking people for 20 years before being caught after making a totem pole of human limbs outside their home, I wonder at the motivation these people must have. Most days I find it hard to do enough work to make sure that I eat next month, let alone do the work involved in planning a wild killing spree. Think about it. Would you rather be in a relationship with a mass murderer or someone who plays too much World of Warcraft and hasn't mailed out a resume in three months? Exactly.

For a less extreme example, think about politicians and bankers. Those people are usually very driven individuals, both careers require that one spend vast amounts of time learning how to lie convincingly and mess with numbers. Neither politicians nor bankers do the world much good, in fact, one could argue that if all the politicians and bankers were to suddenly disappear from the earth in a sort of anti-rapture, we'd all be better off. Poor (because it would very quickly turn out that we live in virtual economies,) but better off in the long run.

In fact, the only problem with being lazy and apathetic really is the fact that being lazy and apathetic leaves you vulnerable to being taken advantage of by people who are more driven and goal oriented. If you're too busy watching reality television and leveling an alt, (Don't pretend you don't know what leveling an alt is,) there is a decent chance that more motivated people will take all the positions of power and make you pay $10,000 every time you break your arm. In extreme cases, they may also use money that they extract from you parasitically for the purposes of killing people you've never met and have no problem with in countries you've never heard of.

So then, the conclusion I am forced to come to is that laziness and apathy are in fact admirable traits for a human being to posses. It's greed and motivation that have been messing things up for so long. How about we all chill out and watch the grass grow for a while? That sounds nice.


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    • shazwellyn profile image


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Brilliant! A great example of 'first do no harm'. There is a lot to be said for being lazy and apathetic! Thanks for publishing:)

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      8 years ago

      indeed possible :D

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      This article was published long before your question on the other one :) But perhaps I detected your question in the ether of the Internet. A question yet unborn. Yes. That could be it.

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      8 years ago

      I'm with you on that one!

      (Can't help but feel that you wrote this nice article because of my question on the other one, thx...)


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