Greed of Laziness

When the love of knowledge overcomes the greed of laziness, the world will know progress.

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  1. The love of knowledge is the trap that blinds one from the truth. Because knowledge is a form of conditioning that holds one back from seeing actuality.

    • Hi SC,

      I disagree. Could you explain how knowledge holds us back from seeing actuality? I see knowledge as a means of discovering actuality, not blinding me from it.

  2. I can see how knowledge without a channel for practical application or dissemination can be fruitless. For example the internet with all it’s potential for good seems like it can foster an addiction to knowledge that saps time and efforts that one might spend on more practical pursuits. Personally I feel I have too much knowledge around how various parts of our society can see progress but it seems awfully vain considering my ratio of knowledge gained to influence created.

    So I’m not sure what to think of the original thought. I love knowledge but my laziness is perhaps paramount. It’s too easy to gain knowledge. I seem to have a greed for it facilitated by ease of access. So at least for me “greed of laziness” seems to be in the easy pursual of more knowledge that I love. The hard part seems to be actualizing the visions of progress and abundance it has brought to me. So perhaps I do see what SC was getting at.

    May your knowledge do more. I appreciate the thoughts.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Mr. Fye.

      It’s very easy to gain knowledge, yes, and ease of access definitely makes us greedy for more of it (although I’m convinced that greed is purely a result of how new this ease of access is to our species… look at little children growing up today: most have no interest in soaking up all that knowledge). However, the ‘greed of laziness’ would be exactly that: the greed of soaking up more knowledge without actually applying it or doing anything with it.

      An interest in soaking up knowledge is not an interest in knowledge itself. A love of knowledge requires applying what is acquired, because without applying it, you really don’t have it. If you acquire a book on medicine, having ownership of that book does not make you a doctor or indicate that you love medicine.

  3. I appreciate your response, Raam. It’s difficult for me to accept that I don’t truly love the information I’ve been soaking up. I will admit that I don’t truly know or possess much of it. I simply have an awareness of its existence and usefulness. Now to apply my knowledge of self-discipline to keep myself off the information merry-go-round. This greed can be overcome and progress made. Thank you!

  4. You know I typed into google today “laziness is greedy” and this showed up. I’m happy to have found someone thinking something similar to me. Just to contribute my opinion, I think there are many statements that can be produced out of the mathematical inequality X > ‘Greed of laziness.’ Even within your initial wording, the product can be substituted to read “When the love of progress overcomes the greed of laziness, the world will know knowledge.” Still holds true.

    Thank you for writing this. Glad to know someone else was thinking the same.