It's time for Americans to un-weaponize 'laziness' | CNN
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Getting cancer in 2018 taught Sara Stewart that the weaponizing of 'laziness' in the US is a trap - a lesson she hopes more Americans will heed en masse after our own national collective (and unwelcome) brush with mortality during the Covid-19 pandemic.
People - – at least who are in a secure enough position to do so, which is far from describing everyone who feels burdened by their employer – are quitting in a mass exodus that’s been dubbed “the Great Resignation” and “the Big Quit. ” They’re refusing to apply for sub-par positions that don’t let them work from home or have flexible hours or make a living wage.
It’s as if we’ve all become Bartleby, the Scrivener, with his mantra of “I would prefer not to. ” Who would have thought we’d see the day, here in the supposedly work-rabid United States?
We’ve discovered a lot of our full-time jobs can be done from home, and in half the time, if not less.
Others saw through new eyes the low wages, meager benefits or burnout-inducing expectations that shaped their day-to-day working lives.
“Lazy” is a word that’s been wrongly weaponized, especially over the past year, to shame anyone who doesn’t jump at the chance to give up unemployment benefits and go back to lower-paying, often risky, working conditions.
But laziness is really just the counterpoint to working as hard as you can, and we have a lot of evidence now that that isn’t good for your health – or beneficial to your job.
In 2005, a French author named Corinne Maier wrote a tongue-in-cheek manifesto, Bonjour Laziness, in which she suggested people should work as little as possible at their jobs – and this was in a country with a mandated 35-hour workweek.
In this country, health care, outside of employers, remains so expensive that many stick with jobs they don’t love, or even like.