A civilised society

To be lazy is to be averse to labour, action or effort.

Positive laziness is when we take needed recovery time from effort and work.

Laziness as a personality trait is when we wilfully choose not to do what will support a better life. It is when we do not make the bed, clean our room, contribute to the household, do the bookwork, or follow up on the appointment. It is a form of self-sabotage.

Laziness lives in all domains of life. People with wealth and means are just as prone to laziness as those without. 

When we make the mistake of equating laziness with a resulting lack of financial resources, we step into the easy game of making people without money or means lesser than others because of their laziness. This ploy seemingly gets people with financial means off the hook for supporting the poor and vulnerable through taxes and social services.

‘They are lazy.’ Why should our wealth support their lazy habits?

If we look closer we will see that the majority of the poor, those lacking access to quality education and networks, and those with disabilities, are not lazy. They might even work longer and harder than the wealthy. 

Oh, but it is different. We do big complex important work. We deserve the fruits of our work to be exponentially greater than the poor.

The Pandemic attempted to teach us that this is wrong. The caring community work as hard as anyone, supporting our most precious – our fellow humans. Yet they are paid peanuts. 

The majority of people being lifted up by social services are not lazy. 

We must change this narrative. A civilised society is one where the most vulnerable are cared for with as much respect as the wealthy. And where the easy out of crying out about lazy people who take from society is not directed down, but seen in its true light. Occupying every domain, including those with the most wealth. Indeed, those with the most wealth are often, by far, the biggest takers. 

Photo Taken March 14th 2023

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