Today I have a rare, lazy day. And by lazy, I mean I don’t have appointments I must keep or things I must do. I don’t even have to go to the grocery store (yet, there’s always a possibility I’ll find out I need to stop at the grocery store for one thing). As I was making a list on how to fill up my rare lazy day, it suddenly occurred to me:
What’s so wrong with being lazy?
One of the things I’m always being associated with (as a fat person) is being lazy. People look at my size and make snap judgements about how much time sofa time my butt has. If they are acquaintances and it comes up how busy I usually am, I get a range of reactions from looks of disbelief to (in one case) being called a liar. Because, you know I can’t be busy so much and stay as fat as I am.
Even if I was as lazy as people think I am due to my size, I have to wonder, what’s so wrong with being lazy? Why is it such a hideous thing, so hideous that fat and lazy are synonymous as being “really bad evil things”. I mean, I think the epitaph “lazy” is worse than “murderer”.
I understand sloth is considered one of the seven deadly sins (as is gluttony). Of the seven (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride), only two is reviled to the point where humans won’t forgive it. We seem to be quick to forgive lust, greed, wrath, envy and pride, but gluttony and sloth is just right out.
It seems like something is wrong here. In the grand scheme of things, being fat and lazy is pretty inoccuous. Being greedy leads to things like, well, like the American stock market crashing (yes, big bank executives, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack executives, I’m talkin’ about you). How many times have we heard about people who’ve gotten in trouble because of lust (can you say “impeachment” of a certain president over 8 years ago)? Wrath certainly can lead to problems (murder, abuse, other crimes), and envy can also lead to crimes (robbery, theft, which can lead to murder if the homeowners happen to be home, if the victim struggles).
Even pride (which isn’t as major as the other deadly sins I’ve listed) is let off easily.
But the two deadly sins with the least impact on the community, on society as a whole, those are the ones society as a whole reviles the most.
I know a case can be made (especially historically speaking) for the lazy one taking up community resources and not contributing to the community (if everybody is helping to build a house but one person, it does make the load a little bit heavier for all those who are helping), but still. To be reviled so much for being lazy?
I think our priorities are a little backwards here.
So, as I go about filling up my “lazy” day with stuff (mostly art stuff I’ve not had the chance to really do in a while, stuff for me, not stuff for anybody else), I’m going to continue to think about my views on why being lazy is so bad. Because I’m starting to think that lazy people have gotten as much of a bad rap as fat people have. I mean, after all, they are associated with fat people all the time.
Hmmm, so, is being normal weight and lazy better than being fat and lazy?
Edit to add: I signed onto my personal blog at Live Journal to see a blog prompt:
Which of the seven deadly sins—sloth, greed, lust, gluttony, anger, envy, and pride—are you most likely to commit?
Just thought it was an interesting coincidence after yesterday’s post here.