“To the old, the new is usually bad news”
– Eric Hoffer
Lazy and fair is an approach to self-government kin to ‘laissez-faire.’ Laissez-faire is a French word that means ‘let (people) do (as they think best).’ It is an approach to government and management that empowers people, supports and encourages them, to grow and mature as they think best. It can work exceedingly well when ‘the people’ actually think well, which is rare. The people, as a collective, tend towards the lowest common denominator. Even then, though, there is merit in adopting the notion that everybody does the best they can with what they perceive as available resources at the time.
Since, however, the best may not be good enough, according to normative standards, which may be overly ambitious, other forms of government and management are more often employed. Ultimately, though, self-government, as opposed to government by others, is the target, if even lofty. Most popular forms of government and management are ‘other’ directed. That is, somebody tells you what to do, or inspires you to do it. There are many labels describing forms of government, all of which appear to be founded on the notion that self-government is unavailable. For example, consider these all too familiar forms of external government: democratic, republic, socialistic, communistic, totalitarian, authoritarian, monarchy, oligarchy, aristocratic, theocratic, colonialism and military dictatorship. Humanity has tried them all through time. It has been said that democracy is a terrible form of government, but it’s better than all the others. That’s not entirely valid for a benevolent monarchy may yield much better long term well-being of all. A representative democracy is a model in which the people govern the people. If the people are competitive and short sighted, such will be the government. Likewise, if the people are collaborative with vision, the government would represent those qualities. A genuine theocratic government is perhaps the closest to self-government IF the fundamental principle is that each person is a sovereign, guided from within, not without. But, theocracy is heirarchy of ‘spiritual authority’ which diminishes the notion of the ultimate spiritual authority being within oneself, which is the basis of self-governance.
The argument that people are lazy if not compelled is predicated on a model of people’s behavior when coerced. The model of fairness is predicated on notions of ‘fair play’ which tends to allow for people to do their best without hinderance or obstruction. If basic needs are abundantly available, people tend towards higher needs which primarily consists of participation in and contribution towards some social project that is larger than one’s own self, and perceived to be of high value. As a people, we tend to lean more towards collaboration than competition, working together more than fighting. To be lazy and fair is to be at ease and in comfort while even-minded.
To be even-minded is a tall order, especially in a polarized (i.e., bipolar) culture. To be lazy, which is just the slang version of leisure, is a tall order for a compulsive people. A nation of bipolar compulsive people is a frantic place with lots of stress, confusion, ailments and even violence. To be lazy and fair (at ease, in comfort, and even-minded) in such a place is to be an outcast, a freak, an anomaly and, often, frightening to those who have no clue as to the health and wellness benefits of adopting a lazy and fair, a laissez-faire, approach to living in the world. Such an approach does not negate the value of helping, caring, supporting, encouraging, of being productive, efficient and effective and, in general, respecting, the intelligence in others. It simply recognizes that everybody has the possibilities and potentials for development which is not actualized by external forces of coercion which tends to generate degrees of opposition and defiance. Authentic expression of potential originates entirely from within in much the same way a flower blossoms from within itself without any pressure, demands, threats or beatings. It just happens, given the proper environment. The best government is that one which fosters the proper environment.
Any society which aims for civilization, i.e., a process of becoming truly civilized, would set as a target a population of reasonable, well-informed citizens who understand the value of comfort and even-mindedness, of lazy and fair. If you are caught up in the social fabric of bipolar compulsions, you have the possibility of potential to be at ease, in comfort, and even-minded. It just takes a willingness to move oneself from here to there, from frantic and frenzied to calm and balanced. A pilgrimage from here to there begins with one step and continues on towards the destination, one step at a time, one day at a time. Focus on what you can do now to move towards then; little by little you get from here to there where everybody is at ease, in comfort, fair minded and allowed to do their best.
“…it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.”
– Lech Walesa