Thursday, February 10, 2011

Why we can(not) change the world ?

All of us have had those sudden ideas that could revolutionize how we live; could significantly change how we live, but how many of us have actually got a head start on that idea.

Every morning I (and I'm sure many of the readers) plan to get up 3 hours prior to their first appointment, hoping to get done with a lot of pending tasks and give the day a great start. But everyday, I hit the snooze button until its just 5 minutes to the first thing that I must do; long story short, laziness and procrastination prevent me from becoming the NEXT BIG THING in this universe.

But isn't that true for everyone or for that matter, isn't 'laziness' the cause of half the problems of the world we live in? Disagree? Lets take some examples. Each one of us would like to save water, coal, electricity and what not, but what prevents us? Laziness; laziness to get up and switch off the lights; laziness to turn off the tap that is flowing gallons of water; laziness to walk to the market instead of driving till there. And these are just the most conspicuous effects of the greatest possible sin of mankind. Think of that assignment you have been procrastinating for weeks or the backlog on the mails or that cooking class we all intend to join or that exercise schedule that you postpone by one day 'each' morning. Some call it lack of will, I call it laziness; and I doubt there's much of a difference between the two.

But lets not deny the virtues of 'laziness'. This can be aptly summarized by the following quote
All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.
The above words by Mark Kennedy explain why its not all that bad to be lazy at times. Also, in the words of the famous author Agatha Christie
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
So after all, laziness is like a double-edged sword, the moment you lose control over it, you risk your own life. And that is as true as it gets.

So with that lesson learnt, go grab a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer) and then lets get cracking. Talking about procrastination won't help (neither you nor me), so I thought I could share some links that might help to counter it : -
PS : This post itself came out after a lot of procrastination; and finally it was idleness (or avoiding other more important tasks on the to-do list) that got me working on this.


  1. I want to say one thing. Idleness is the cause of invention but isn't idleness the extreme case of procrastination.
    and the cause of half the problems is laziness is wrong as cause of all the problems is laziness

  2. This comment itself came out after a lot of procrastination; and finally it was idleness (or avoiding other more important tasks on the to-do list) that got me commenting on this. :P

  3. I think that when we are already in the world living happily(hope so)...just live the life we want to so(doesn't mean to harm others by our activities greatly) so that we do not regret later(as is always done due to innate nature of human) but atleast satisfied to it to the extent that what we have not done is overshadowed or doesn't bother us.

    I hope so when we have a goal(whatever far or near which we like) should help us to overcome procrastination.
    "Laziness is the biggest enemy of human and no one will ever come to take place of it"

  4. Great quote by Mark Kennedy there! And I see you're following Lifehacker now.

    And you know what? I clicked that Lifehacker link and spent a full hour there when I had an assignment _and_ a test to grapple with. It's amazing how easy it is to give in to laziness/temptation.

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