An Essay on Laziness

A lazy man’s life

Morley suggests that the lazy man is one of the greatest poets in the world; one of the keenest satirists; one of the most rectilinear thinkers. It’s just that he is not actively engaged in these activities. Why? Well, he has his own way of looking at life. But, it wasn’t always the case.

The lazy man began life in the customary hustling way. He was always too busy to enjoy himself. He became surrounded by eager people who came to him to solve their problems. "It's a queer thing," he said sadly; "no one ever comes to me asking for help in solving my problems." Finally the light broke upon him. He stopped answering letters, buying lunches for casual friends and visitors from out of town, he stopped lending money to old college pals and frittering his time away on all the useless minor matters that pester the good-natured. He sat down in a secluded café with his cheek against a seidel of dark beer and began to caress the universe with his intellect.

It’s a superpower!

What do superheroes do? They protect the world and its people against all evils. If only Nazis had been lazy during the 1930s and 40s, they would have saved millions of lives. By refusing to participate in any affairs, you make sure that you don’t participate in evil either. As long as you are lazy, you’re not going to stand in the way of progress. You don’t bother anyone. You simply adhere to the religion of peace. And that’s not bad, right?



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