Thursday, October 16, 2008

Am I Idle or Lazy?

The words idle and lazy are not synonymous. Let us be precise in our speech and use them correctly.

Idleness describes the state of one given to empty, vain, or useless effort. It does not mean inaction, but the absence of useful action. This differs from laziness, which is indisposition to exertion, indolence, or a state of sluggish inactivity.

I supposed laziness is a moral step-up from idleness, as laziness can be a temporary state or a habit which can be corrected, while idleness seems to me to be more of a permanent state or character flaw.

This is open to debate. Your ideas?

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