Are laziness and procrastination the same thing?


Contemplations of the Ultimate Feminine

We celebrate Sloth Day on October 17th. We'll celebrate with you! There is also the "International Lazy Day" every year on August 10th. Your columnist was too lazy to write about laziness.

I'm lazy. Anyone who says or writes these three words has to be confident and courageous. To claim to indulge in laziness is simply not possible. But first to save the honor of the sloths, which we celebrate on October 17th: They are related to the anteater and belong to the group of low-toothed mammals (biting is work).

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Sloths sleep a lot, move slowly and are divided into the genera of two-toed and three-toed sloths. The grip they are capable of with these fingers is described by zoologists as "vice-like". You, my dear readers, please never let a sloth clasp you. No way! The sloth just wants to lie down on your Le Corbusier designer lounger and you have to earn the money. I just want to warn you. But now to the praise of laziness.

Even the word “laziness” is stigmatized. In a mitigating way, one speaks of "indolence". In sociology, indolence is referred to as a lack of "expected activity in a person". The question arises: What can be expected? And expected from whom? Correct answer: Society expects the non-lazy person! That is why she calls those people “avoiders of effort” (nice word!) Who do not pursue their socially imposed work with sufficient diligence. Religion, sociology and psychology have worked diligently on laziness. Christianity rates avoidance of work as one of the seven deadly sins. “Idleness is the beginning of all vice” and “ora et labora” (pray and work) was preached. Why? Because someone who is lazy is more prone to sadness. Therefore Gottfried Benn (google if unknown) and his opinion on the subject of happiness: "Be stupid and have a job". Of course, depending on the society and the age, a lance was broken for laziness: It was not the 68 generation of the 20th century who established a “right to be lazy”, but the labor leader Paul Lafargue did so in the 19th century. At that time, he already saw a society that was solely geared towards “performance, income and value creation” as a dead end. So people began to think early on about the high value of contemplation, of leisure. Your columnist, you guessed it, feels obliged to do so. “I came to look but couldn't create,” is his favorite part of Richard Wagner's oeuvre.

I think life in itself is exhausting enough! After religion and sociology, we also try psychology. She immediately declared indolence as pathological, and she has many pathological drawers ready. For example “procrastination” (commonly known as postponement disease). So what I can get today, I'll postpone it until the day after tomorrow. Everyone is postponing something - and regrets the postponement. Not me! I think as a lazy person you have to be much more honest with yourself than as someone who hides behind his work. My experience: those people who never have time do the least. They play work and those are the worst! In our world, which is always trimmed for productivity and effectiveness, they try to "cover up mental calm with operational hectic" (quote from my boss and publisher).

True: Optimizing and maximizing everyone and everything for the purpose of profit-oriented thinking is a mistake. A mistake that ultimately only produces stupid, uncreative and unimaginative people. If they think they are busy: Good night! Or, your columnist's favorite saying: “It's dangerous when the stupid get busy.” So let's celebrate the sloth and learn from it. Sleep a lot! In the wild they can reach an age of around 15 years; in captivity, however, sloths can live up to 50 years. In any case, captivity is the very best way to avoid exertion: No enemies, always feeding and the barn is cleaned - ideal conditions for being lazy. The advantage: You can think about yourself in peace. The downside: It's damn exhausting.


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The well-known journalist Pascal Morché is considered a pointed author, his columns and comments in leading daily newspapers and magazines such as FAZ, SPIEGEL, ZEIT and FOCUS on topics of society, fashion, art and culture are legendary. His "readings of a special kind" have cult status. His books "365 Days of Fashion" are considered the bible for fashion victims.
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