Through the ages, laziness has been condemned by societies around the world. Lazy people have been seen as leeches drawing the blood of those who put long hours of hard work to feed everyone with the fruits of their labor.
Some people are not producing not because they are lazy, most probably does not have a viable choice. This article is talking about those lazy by choice and the secret envy they produce of those who work by need.
Still many have a secret envy for those lazy leeches as their hard work many times does not lift them far ahead from those who do nothing.
There is a law in Economics called the Law of Diminishing Returns. Basically, it states that if you leave all the other things constant and increase a factor, the return or output for that factor will at first increase, exponentially, hit an inflexion point and its rate of increase will diminish until it levels off, for then, if the factor is increased, its absolute return fall.
When one works too much, something like this happens, one work more and more and there is a point when the satisfaction and money one gets from work start to level off and diminish.
The lazy, sometimes have enough intelligence and when produce, even of a little, the consequences of their production can have a huge impact that will cover for the time being lazy.
We will examine some of the most important people in history and see what this mean, but, first, let’s give a look at the ten commandments of the lazy person.
The Ten Commandments of the Lazy Person
1. You born tired, live to rest.
2. Love your bed as much as yourself.
3. If you see someone resting, HELP HIM!
4. Rest during the day so you can sleep at night.
5. Work is sacred, don’t touch it!
6. Whatever you cannot do today, do not do it tomorrow.
7. Work the less you can. Whatever you have to do, let others do it.
8. Calm! No one ever died from resting.
9. If you feel desire of work, sit and wait until it passes.
10. If work is health, put the sick to work!
Famous historical people who made time to think (to be, at least, momentarily, lazy).
Archimedes: He fall ASLEEP in his bath tub and floated! He realized that there were buoyancy properties in bodies surrounded by a denser medium. He is more famous for running naked through the city after this discovery screaming ‘EUREKA!’ ‘EUREKA!’ (loosely translated as ‘I found it! I found it!’)
Sir Isaac Newton: During an epidemic outburst in London, he decided to spend his time in the farm of his uncle. Having nothing to do, as a good aristocrat, he decided to spend some time SLEEPING under a tree, while his uncle’s workers labored the land for long hours under the sun. A bird decided to engage in his scatological urgencies and the resulting dropping felt on our hero’s head and activated his illuminated mind (this was later changed for the …apple thing). After this historically important event, the laws of motion, gravity, calculus (simultaneously with Leibnitz), and classical mechanics were born. He was a noted alchemy student and spent most of the rest of his life as the effective treasurer of England.
Albert Einstein: As Archimedes and Newton, this one loved to SLEEP. He was not an aristocrat, so he had to work. While his boss in the Vienna patent office was not around, he SLEPT. In the meantime he was concocting the Theories of Relativity and did some work that won him a Nobel Prize for the photoelectric effect. He also was named Man of the Century by Time Magazine. His theoretical work changed science forever. By the way, he had poor teaching skills but was an excellent violin player.
There was also a carpenter, 2000 years ago….