Avoiding Laziness

The book currently on my nightstand is Dan Savage's Skipping Towards Gomorrah. (Yes, that's the same Dan Savage who writes the sex advice column "Savage Love" which appears each week in the very newspaper you're holding or reading online.)

It's an interesting book. In it, Savage explores each of the seven deadly sins--greed, lust, sloth, gluttony, envy, pride and anger--by committing each of them, or at least trying to commit each of them, from his own unique, in-defense-of-the-sinner-standpoint.

I say "trying," because it doesn't work out so well for him. One of the more interesting chapters is the sloth chapter, which turns into a diatribe on marijuana use. Savage's argument: If used recreationally, there's nothing wrong with pot, and if anything, the drug can actually help hard-working folks get through life easier.

This chapter got me thinking--not about marijuana, which is a topic for another time, but about laziness.

In a way, laziness is one of the most dangerous of these sins. Let's face it--we've all been guilty of it at one time or another. But we all know people who have let it get the best of them on a regular basis.

And in an extremely warm climate, summer lends itself to laziness. It's the time of year when the heat can wear a person down, and lead to a bit of sloth. It's easy to slack--you come into the office a bit late, or you put off your Editor's Note until the last minute, or you write a stereotypical "here's my advice" column, or you put off a state budget compromise until a special session.

It can happen to us all--but we shouldn't let it happen. Instead, we can use the weather and the late sunlight to re-energize ourselves.

That's what I am going to try to do. I think it's something that we can all work on, to make our lives--and the lives of those around us--a little better. Energy's a good thing, after all.


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