The lie of laziness is a system of belief that hard work is greater than that of relaxation, and that non-productive people have less inherent value than producers. It is an unspoken set of beliefs and values. It affects how we work, how we establish relationships within our boundaries, and how we think about what life entails.
There are three beliefs that drive society to hate laziness:
Your value is your productivity.
This idea is problematic at the grassroots level and, for example, children, the elderly, the disabled, and people with depression may not always be fertile. These lives still have an innate value. And if you believe that working hard and achieving a lot will earn you the right to survive, you will always have more than what is healthy for you. When we strive or are not productive, we are easily exploited by the belief that our productivity is tied to our value.
You can’t trust your feelings or boundaries.
Because productivity is the most important thing, you have to ignore or underestimate anyone who interferes with that productivity: if I feel tired in the middle of the day, I beat myself up or tell myself that it makes no sense to be tired. I still haven’t gotten a break because I haven’t done enough. This is a dangerous thought process because it leads us to distort the meaning of these signals. We don’t trust the feelings we have to stop working because we assume they make us a bad person. This can erode our health as there is a high risk of smoking when people do not get enough rest.
There is always more you can do.
This is especially dangerous because it is so much more than work. There are many areas of life to feel guilty about or feel that we are not enough.