Inertia as the root of evil. Is it the same as laziness? What to make of leisure present in the ideologized function of art where an aesthetic of laziness seems connected to the notion of conspicuous consumption, comparative preferences and the rest of the baggage of status and distinction that a consumer society needs to feed on.
The classic mechanism is evil arising from a condition of perceived threatening narcissism; with the resulting behavior of lashing out to destroy whoever and whatever challenges those necessary self defined images of perfection. Once established, the attitude of inertia seems to follow its own momentum, even in the face of conflicting signals and red flags; like a death wish or obsessive surrealistic exploration into the lower realms of consciousness. To change an attitude requires a considerable amount of work and suffering. It is only from wallowing in the quicksand of self inflicted confusion that can permit a less dysfunctional vision. Unless the quicksand is too deep….
…And so in February, when BBC Radio broadcast a program called The Art of Laziness, Mr. Zizek appeared on it as a uniquely qualified expert. He criticized programs that teach relaxation techniques. “If you look closely at their leaflets,” he said, “they tell you first that we are hyperactive and should learn to withdraw. But next, the second paragraph, they always say: ‘This way you will relax and be even more productive.’”
Alluding to the surrealist thinker Georges Bataille, Mr. Zizek denounced “the hidden economy of ‘I am lazy a little bit so that I will work better.’” Instead, he offered the example of residents of Montenegro, an earthquake-prone area of the former Yugoslavia. The local ethnic stereotype is that inhabitants of the region are utterly shiftless….
…”The zero-level standard joke about laziness is how a Montenegro guy masturbates,” he said. “He digs a hole in the earth, puts his penis in, and waits for the earthquake.” The pleasure that Montenegrins take in telling the joke seems to Mr. Zizek to be the correct attitude toward both laziness and political incorrectness. “Instead of being afraid of this attitude,” he said, “you freely, in a gesture of Bataillean autonomy and sovereignty, assume” the quality attributed to you. It is not, however, an attitude that Mr. Zizek takes into the classroom. “I don’t teach,” he tells Zizek Watch. “Why should I teach? I’m not crazy.” Read More:http://www.mclemee.com/id117.htmla
Dr. Peter Axt, a professor of health science at Fulda University near Frankfurt, has recently written a book titled THE JOY OF LAZINESS. He concludes that everybody has a limited amount of “life energy” and the speed with which it is consumed determines their life span. If you lead a stressful life and exercise excessively, your body produces hormones which lead to high blood pressure and can damage your heart and arteries. Lazy people produce less free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that speed up the aging process). Exercise and stress causes the body to produce the hormone cortisol which can damage cells in the brain and lead to memory loss and premature senility. Conversely, late sleepers live longer than early risers because they conserve their energy. Read More:http://bret1111.blogspot.com/2009/10/art-of-laziness.htmla