The Myth of Laziness

When I was younger, I always had the drive to succeed –no output failure, as Levine would put it, was present. However, as I grew up, my laziness has taken a toll. This reading was able to clear up some confusion about why my motivation and drive may not be the same; however, my perspective on this is that I may have just lost interest. I have become more interested on experience itself, over written work/reading. The comparisons that Levin makes, are clear and easy to understand, a few pictures are painted and visualized, yet not much explanation is truly down as to what output failure is. There is not a direct definition of this phrase or these terms that is/are used throughout the article.

There is a problem at hand (the output failure), but there is no solution suggested. This article contains information and scientific research done, about how things work, and how laziness isn’t simply what we consider laziness, but the fact that there is more to it, but there is no solid answer as to if laziness is real or not. The title of this article, The Myth of Laziness, depicts that laziness is clearly a myth, when in actuality, laziness is simply the term coined to explain the process by which our minds weaken when demands that exceed our capacities overflow them (if the mind has a few of those open areas –dysfunctions).

My own laziness may be questioned through this article, but it isn’t explained thoroughly or convincingly. All that can simply be taken in is that laziness does occur, and it is due to our minds. We develop habits over time and they may not be in our best interest. Our minds are wired to do certain things and achieve certain things, but this drive isn’t preset in everyone –which is when the dysfunction explanation comes into play. How is that laziness can get worse? How is it that laziness, for some people like myself, only feel lazy some of the time? If Levine writes that some dysfunctions in our minds cause this lack of motivation and drive, how is it that I feel a drive for some things and am able to accomplish them fully? In my opinion, everyone in the world has some sort of output failure, whether it is forgetfulness, organization, etc. The article’s objective is to get across a bit of understanding to those that don’t severely have output failure. A bit of light is shed through this article; however, nothing else is done/explained but that. Understanding and patience are preached by Levine, making the audience those that feel they can get their work done on time, and have the drive/motivation to succeed, rather than those that have output failure and have no idea what to do about it. Those that have output failure, like the cases within this piece, may learn that it is not because they’re lazy, but because of biological, scientific reasoning. There is no solution to this problem, however those that do not suffer from such dysfunction should try to understand it, instead of blaming it on laziness.

Henna Tailor

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One Response to The Myth of Laziness

  1. Great job of challenging Levine for a solution!

    5/5

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