on Aug 7, 2007
My post on socks from last weekend has somehow degenerated into a ridiculous conversation about “lazy Americans”, because “Americans” use clothes dryers and don’t cook food from scratch. Some people allow that Americans have a “good excuse” for using a dryer because of climate or whatever.
Using a labor-saving device makes you lazy? Let’s think about that for a second. Am I “lazy” because I use a shovel instead of moving snow with my hands? Is it lazy to use an oven instead of chopping down some trees, digging a pit, and constructing an outdoor fire? Speaking about chopping, how about these sissies who use axes and saws instead of gnawing? And don’t get me started on these people who use washing machines instead of hauling their clothes down to the river and beating on them with a rock.
Obviously, everyone’s definition of lazy is, “people who use more time-saving devices than I do.”
Of course, anytime someone begins a statement with “Americans are…” it’s a sort of warning signal that they’re probably about to unload a bunch of vague, indefensible generalizations. There are a lot of people here, you know? They’re pretty different from each other.
It’s not what time-saving devices you use that makes you lazy, it’s what you do with the time saved that makes you lazy. If you spend that time on the couch wishing someone would bring you the TV remote because it’s like, way over there, then yeah: You could probably stand to get a little more done during the day. But if you save a bunch of time and then spend that time doing doing something productive, then the charge of “lazy” is absurd. Bonus absurdity points are awarded for having the discussion on a website with a webcomic written by an American in his free time. Oh! Of course I didn’t mean you are lazy, Shamus. I was only refering to your family and everyone you’ve ever met.
I’m sorry. That’s too silly. I’m going to have to ask you to stop now.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.