Lazyness vs. efficiency…

I’m often accused of being lazy. I admit, I am. Sometimes. Most of the time however I really make an effort of improving my productivity by means of things that make life easier. A dishwasher for example. It’s not like I could not clean the dishes by hand. I often did before I got a dishwasher. But this machine is designed to clean the dishes in a far more efficient manner, using less water, less soap, less energy. And I get time to do other things… like vacuum cleaning for instance.

Same is valid for automatic, autonomous vacuum cleaners. Admittedly, they aren’t as efficient as a fully function manual vacuum cleaner, yet, but they do their job, which is absorbing dust, pretty well. So the weekly manual vacuum cleaning doesn’t have to be as thoroughly as usual. Even more so on a laminate floor that, for some reason, is a real dust catcher. And, again, I get time to do other things.

There are so many things out there today that help us in our daily routine and already do those little jobs better and more efficient than us. Why do people still insist of doing them themselves and call others who accept technology’s advantage lazy? Isn’t life all about making the most out of it? I simply don’t want to spend a good part of my life vacuum cleaning or dish washing. My life is far too precious for me to waste it with things some machine could do for me.

But what exactly is the difference between lazyness and efficiency? Well, that’s easily explained: it’s the result. Just the result. If I can achieve the same or a better result within the same or a shorter amount of time, that’s efficiency. Even if that implied some investment beforehand. If it’s a task that has to be done over and over again, I always try to find a way to make it solvable easier and faster while maintaining the quality of the result. Don’t call me lazy for that.

Lazyness is not doing a task at all while hoping that it’s not that important or if it was that somebody else would do it for you. Yes, I admit (again) that I am lazy in this way sometimes. But mind the difference before you accuse me the next time. It might not be visible at the frist glance but it might be another attempt to improve my efficiency in my daily routine.

…also known as “work vs. life”

By the way… this does not only apply to the stuff you do at home. It’s also valid for things you’ve got to do at work. And more so it’s not just that some machine can cut some sheet metal better than you. It can and should be allowed to do its job without you. It should be allowed to take your job. It’s society that has to change its way of thinking about the importance of work. Do we define ourselves just through the work power that we deliver to society every day? Are we only worth the amount of money we earn every month? Don’t we forget about creativity?

I don’t believe that people are lazy by nature. I don’t believe that another way of living in which working isn’t essential to be a valuable part of society and earning money isn’t necessary for the mere existence would result in the majority stopping in being valuable for our society. Instead I believe that, despite some admittedly would just sit down and do nothing for a while, the majority would find things to do that are far more valuable for our society than any commercial product and permanent growth could ever be. Creativity, poetry, inventions, the urge to delve. All that has fallen behind, has lost importance. But it’s value for society cannot be rated high enough.

We’re too fixated on limitless economical growth. Aren’t we more than just cheap work force?

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