Doing versus Thought Cataloging

David Cain’s post still has me thinking.

If those that feel weak can blindly assign ideas and emotions to others without fear of reprisal, wouldn’t it only be fair to work in reverse?

Let’s give it a go: lazy people love excuses, especially excuses about why they aren’t lazy.

Below are a half-dozen expert-level lazy tricks shown in his article:

  1. Writing an article telling yourself you’re not lazy, in place of doing the work.
  2. Lack of editing. This article gets 1,000 words in before the premise kicks in!
  3. Redefining common terms with narrow, personal definitions. Laziness is completely redefined to meet his personal view of a TV watching, morning-sleeper.
  4. Finding a book that validates your laziness.
  5. Medical or psychological excuses. Neurosis is used in this case.
  6. Blaming others. Parents and family environment are used here.
  7. Implying that their high standards may be greater than others.
  8. Drafting future plans to resolve the laziness…instead of doing the work.

The list could go on, but I’m not trying to rag on David . I understand where he’s coming from. I feel for him and hope experiment 11 works.

Personally, I think the numbered list above are a disease that should be eradicated. The more we coddle those that regurgitate these ideas, the greater chance we lose any aspect of personal accountability.

These excuses place the weight of one’s decisions on others, or a future (more ideal) version of yourself. We can debate the inequalities of unique situations forever, but the only way to truly change things is to take responsibility. Then act.