In fact, almost all of the inventions of mankind from its laziness. The man did his best to avoid labor, forced to work for themselves first pet, and then the forces of nature and machine. However, there is the category of human activity in which the machine has not yet found application — it works. In addition, to overcome their own laziness and not succumb to it, many people have resorted to various tricks: doused himself with cold water, huge portions, drink strong coffee, etc. Some of the great and it was not enough, and so they used quite exotic techniques , which will be discussed.
In order to force myself to work, the writer did not leave his apartment. However, this seemed to him a little, and then the famous novelist took the scissors and cut my own your hair to avoid the temptation to go for a visit or to your favorite restaurant. Shearing came out, of course, the ugly, so Hugo was another reason to stay at home, giving himself entirely to creativity, as long as the hair does not grow back again.
Franz Joseph Haydn
The famous Austrian composer had a high capacity for work and could in one night to write a symphony. However, he had to contend with his own laziness. To avoid the temptation to lie down and rest, he did not eat anything, and in the midst of creative energy drink a little red wine.
Leonardo da Vinci
Great Italian was true bummer. However, he invented his own method of struggle with laziness. In the days when he had to work intensively, Leonardo went to every 2 hours to rest for 20 minutes, and so continuously for many days (up to 2 weeks) until the job was finished.
The one that surprised the world the news that man evolved from monkeys because he started work, he did not like to work. At school, he missed classes or ostentatiously fell asleep at his desk, preferring any intellectual pursuits fishing. When desperate parents still determined slacker in university, he instead go to lectures or textbooks he studied, shooting crows with a slingshot or spend time in the bar. His main work Darwin also wrote a lazy and very long, so that he was almost the first to biologist AR Wallace. But in the end still got priority Darwin.
Great politician also did not like to work and at school is very mediocre, and to the university does not have lasted. Deciding to devote himself to military service, he passed to the Royal Military College with only the third attempt. But even there, he was not much success. In a more adult Churchill spent his time reclining in a rocking chair with a constant Cuban cigar and glass of brandy in his hand. He was too lazy to move, to reach for an ashtray, and he shook the ashes on the floor or on itself, becoming similar to the end of the day on an extinct volcano.
Founder of Marxism was long dependent on his elderly mother, loved carousing and worked all his life for a few months in any newspaper. After that, he lived until his death at the expense of his friend Friedrich Engels, who, despite his communist views, had a cotton mill, which allowed him to have neither worked Marx and his large family.
Lazy in the history and literature
The earliest were lazy Epicureans of ancient Greece, the main purpose of which represented the sensual pleasure, not work. The most famous proponent of laziness they had Diogenes, as you know, who lived in a barrel. The ancient Romans built a sloth in the state principle, where, thanks to slavery, it is not working all the free citizens. In the Middle Ages was considered lazy peasants, working from dawn to dusk, the highest good fortune, which had only aristocrats.
Parasitism — Beliefs form laziness, aversion to work and a desire to get good things of life by unearned — appeared as a phenomenon only in the Soviet era. In the USSR, parasitism was a criminal offense and is very often the pretext for the authorities to combat the dissenters. The best known "parasites" of the time considered I. Brodsky, subsequently won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and N. Godovikov, the actor who played the role of the Red Army Petrukha in the "White Sun of the Desert."
Of literature was very memorable for us the image of the novel Oblomov Goncharov, and fairy-tale characters — Ilya Muromets, who in '33 "Sydney sitting on the stove," and almost peeled back from another character thereof — Emelya. Also remarkable generals works Saltykov-Shchedrin's "How one man fed two generals."
Museum of laziness
It exists in Colombia recently. In the museum hung hammocks, with comfortable couches and beds for visitors are allowed to lie down and relax, feeling real lazy. The museum was created by the city authorities for the purpose of edification of Bogota — say, as bad a way of life. However, residents and tourists like to visit the museum, created what they believe, just for entertainment and fun.
Slack is good for health
Workaholics — antipodes lazy. Age of workaholics is very short. This does not mean that the slackers live long. However, it is no secret that if excessive exercise leads to premature wear and tear of the body, the overwhelming laziness, lack of exercise — to disease stagnation: obesity, atherosclerosis, decreased activity, and hence aging of organs and systems. Therefore, if you have to choose — to choose somewhere with a strong emphasis on rest, since the periods of inactivity are more useful than overly active. All this is built into our very biology, where alternating sleep with wakefulness, and the more one moves (up to certain limits), the harder it is asleep.
American doctor of psychiatry, Arnold Ludwig, 1000 studying biographies of celebrities and the great men, came to the conclusion that in the realization of their creative talent and high productivity to old age was of great importance is the ability to twiddle.