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    How do you measure laziness?

    One of the most amusing lines of attack against a large portion of Americans is that they are lazy "takers" who don't want the American dream. Hilarious I know, but I love this because while many politicians embrace this ideology, they simultaneously criticize others for being divisive and waging "class warfare". To me, this is one of the biggest lies today that is unnecessarily dividing the American people when we really should be uniting with each other against the political establishment.

    This idea of a significant population of Americans being lazy is purported so much that you'd think there is hard evidence for it, but is there? You can easily measure how many people are unemployed, or how many people are receiving welfare, but how do you objectively measure laziness? It's such a subjective concept but folks seem to love running to it as a way to sway voters. How can so many people claim to know this and use it as a wedge issue with such confidence?

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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    I may be wrong.

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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    Fascinating.


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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    Kind of like obscenity...I know it when I see it.
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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    One of the most amusing lines of attack against a large portion of Americans is that they are lazy "takers" who don't want the American dream. Hilarious I know, but I love this because while many politicians embrace this ideology, they simultaneously criticize others for being divisive and waging "class warfare". To me, this is one of the biggest lies today that is unnecessarily dividing the American people when we really should be uniting with each other against the political establishment.

    This idea of a significant population of Americans being lazy is purported so much that you'd think there is hard evidence for it, but is there? You can easily measure how many people are unemployed, or how many people are receiving welfare, but how do you objectively measure laziness? It's such a subjective concept but folks seem to love running to it as a way to sway voters. How can so many people claim to know this and use it as a wedge issue with such confidence?

    Thoughts?

    Most working-poor folks I know are working very hard indeed... many have two jobs, or they're busting a gut trying to find a second job. Yet their pay isn't keeping pace with cost of living and hasn't been for a long time, and things are getting tight.

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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Kind of like obscenity...I know it when I see it.
    This^.

    I do agree with the OP in the thought that laziness is subjective AND there are varying degrees of laziness. I know people who are gainfully employed that are lazy asses... and then I know working poor who work 2 jobs in excess of 80 hours a week.
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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    I always viewed laziness as the shirking of responsibilities. Not necessarily serious ones, but those that have consequences. Paying a bill late and incurring a penalty is laziness, assuming it does not have any other external cause. But rather, just "not getting around to it". Lack of ambition, meanwhile, I would not call laziness. People will strive to get what they want. They don't strive to get what you think they should want.

    To describe any member of the working poor as lazy would be inaccurate. To describe the college students that Bill O'Reilley always calls "stoned slackers" as lazy would inaccurate. A lazy person is one who does not live up to the standard they have set for themselves, not someone who chooses a lower standard within their abilities.
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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    lazy

    1. not inclined to work or exertion
    2. conducive to or causing indolence
    3. moving in a languid or sluggish manner

    Based on a subjective opinion, I would guess that most of us have used that word to describe others.

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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Kind of like obscenity...I know it when I see it.
    Yeah but obscenity usually involves some sort of physical act, laziness is a mindset.


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    Re: How do you measure laziness?

    I do not think it can be measured. Its more an attitude and if not its a matter of competence and ability or lack there of.
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