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Sunday, July 1, 2012

In Defense of Laziness

I read a superb NY Times Opinion article by Tim Kreider about how our lives - and by extension, our children's lives - have become too busy. And how we are too convinced that this is good, that this is normal, that this is proof of our own important existence, to ask ourselves if it is really what we want. Among the things he says is this, which does sound like lunacy, but the very best kind of lunacy...the kind of lunacy you turn your nose up at and secretly wish to be true.
My old colleague Ted Rall recently wrote a column proposing that we divorce income from work and give each citizen a guaranteed paycheck, which sounds like the kind of lunatic notion that’ll be considered a basic human right in about a century, like abolition, universal suffrage and eight-hour workdays.
I think we probably all relate to being busy. It's a busy world.

But what better time than the Canada Day long weekend to sit back and think about what it would be like to be lazy and indolent. Even if only for a few days. What would that look like?

Have a relaxed and laid back Canada Day. Embrace Laziness.

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