Topic 52 27 July 2018    Are you lazy?

1. What do you think are the signs of a lazy person? Why?

2. If you were very rich, would you prefer to have a lazy life? Why/why not?

3. What are some examples of lazy thinking? Why do you think these things are lazy?

4. On a scale of [very lazy] 1- 2- 3- 4- 5- [very energetic] where do you prefer your friends to be? Do this for both mental laziness and physical laziness. Why do you prefer friends like that?

5. Before I became a teacher, I had many jobs. In some jobs I was told "slow down... you are working too hard". Where might this happen? Why might some people say that?

6. Do you think some cultures are on average more lazy than other cultures? If this is true, why would it be like that? Give examples. On average, where do you think Australians are on a scale of [very lazy] 1- 2- 3- 4- 5- [very energetic] ? Why?

7. How accurate is the idea that foreigners have about the laziness (or not) of people in other cultures?

8. The Industrial Revolution created many routine jobs. In a routine job, life is most comfortable if you don't ask many questions and don't try to change things. It is best if you are mentally lazy about new ideas. How successful will this style be in the future? How could you become more innovative and mentally active?

9. Pictures of old age retirement always show people relaxing on a beach in some "tropical paradise" because now they are expected to be 'lazy'. Do you think this is an accurate idea of retirement? What do you want to be doing when you are 70? Why?

10. Who have the happiest and healthiest lives: very active people, or very lazy people, or somewhere in between? What is your evidence?


52. Are You Lazy?. ©Thor May 2018