This blog is dedicated to it’s title, the pursuit of laziness. Thoreau said it in Walden: “I do not wish to be any more busy with my hands than is necessary.”; Barefoot Ted emphasizes it as the key to running : “the feeling of running well…which has nothing to do with enduring pain, but rather is all about finding and maintaining a sweet spot of efficient movement …“; it is the essence of the martial art Aikido which says “To do your best, try the least!“; and last but not least because it is the original inspiration for this blog’s title… there is a common expression in my field, software development, which is “A good programmer is a lazy programmer.”
To me, the pursuit of laziness is about discovering how to live a life which returns the maximum amount of reward with the minimum amount of effort. It is about the re-occurring theme that less often is actually more. It is a celebration of human rational thought which is constantly analyzing and finding ways to make life easier and better. And it is a life long journey where “room for improvement” is not a cliche phrase used to explain away inadequacies but rather the exciting horizon which a healthy human spirit yearns for in the same manner that flowers need the rain.
Please enjoy my writings and discoveries on this matter and feel free to add to their value with your comments and thoughts.
“Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe, through Paris and London, through New York and Boston and Concord, through church and state, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is, and no mistake; and then begin, having a point cPappui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely, or perhaps a gauge, not a Nilometer, but a Realometer, that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time. If you stand right fronting and face to face to a fact, you will see the sun glimmer on both its surfaces, as if it were a cimeter, and feel its sweet edge dividing you through the heart and marrow, and so you will happily conclude your mortal career. Be.it life or death, we crave only reality. If we are really dying, let us hear the rattle in our throats and feel cold in the extremities; if we are alive, let us go about our business.”
-Henry David Thoreau