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Lazinessis a common trait that affects people across the world. It is acharacteristic that can plague individuals and affect them in anegative manner. The word “laziness” can be perceived orexplained in many ways. For instance, the Merriam-Webster dictionarydefines laziness as not being active or not liking to work hard.Oxford Advanced Dictionary defines laziness as encouraginginactivity or indolencenot energetic or vigorous. Laziness can also be interpreted indifferent ways in terms of habits, culture, and lifestyle. In thePhilippines, for example, there is a story titled "Juan Tamad,"involving a young boy who had developed a habit of sitting under atree with the hope that fruit would fall from the tree. ThePhilippines have used this analogy to explain laziness in the sensethat the boy ought to have climbed the tree to get fruits instead ofwaiting until they fall from the tree.
Lazinessdoes not always mean avoiding or not liking to work. Individuals whotend to extend deadlines for not good reasons also fall into thecategory of lazy people. Similarly, people with a tendency to rely onothers or take advantage of hard working individuals, say in workgroups to do most of the work can be termed as lazy. The mindset of alazy person is to avoid performing their tasks as much as they can.Accordingly, laziness affects every aspect of individual’s life. Inparticular, it can hurt their relationships affect their performancein school, workplace and so on.
Beinglazy can affect a person’s lifestyle. For instance, if a personlike procrastinating, he/she will have a tough time adjusting to newroles that entails much workload. Again, laziness has a correspondingeffect on an individual’s personality such as being irresponsiblein their performance of their chores, being negligent of theirresponsibilities, hygiene and so on. Sometimes, laziness is anattitude or vice that can be seen as influential. For example, if aleader is lazy, his/her subjects are likely to adapt to his way ofthinking and embrace laziness as an acceptable behavior. Laziness hasa big impact on al aspect of modern society. In societies wherelaziness is condoned, people live off handouts or government aid tomeet their daily needs.
Lazinessis something that all people have to go through at the differentpoint in their lives. As such, we cannot say that being lazy isalways a bad thing. In fact, what one culture defines as laziness isnot necessarily defined as such in a different culture. For instance,sleeping for long hours can be construed to be a sign of lazinessespecially in American society where people work for long hours.However, the same cannot be deemed to be laziness in some Africancultures where people normally sleep for long hours.
Inconclusion, laziness is a trait that can hit anyone at any time andany place. Essentially, the struggle to avoid laziness is a normalhuman struggle to limited to a particular group of people. The mosteffective way of avoiding laziness is to be conscious of its effectsand always to attempt to complete your tasks within a reasonabletime. It is imperative to note that what can be considered to be alaziness in one culture may not be necessarily so in another culture.As such, it is important to understand people’s culture before youlabel them as lazy.