Analysis of Laziness
Christopher Morley’s essay “On Laziness” analyzes the role of philosophical laziness within society. He observes the “bustling men” and condemns his actions. Morley uses historical and personal anecdotes to support the unconventional idea that laziness can bring happiness and purpose to life. Morley says in the third paragraph, “we were given a certain amount energy” and “hustling is nothing but tribulation.” Morley makes bold statements like this to support his argument that only “happy men” experience happiness and reap the benefits of life. Laziness is rooted in unmotivated citizens. It can also be described as “lackof effort”. Morley views laziness not as a detour, but as a way to reach the destination of life. Philosophical laziness is a result of “stubborn material” and allows for freedom from monotony by reducing responsibility.
Morley introduces Morley to the unknown poet. Morley does this by using anecdote. Morley introduces a relative success story to build his credibility, ethos. Morley introduces a successful individual to build his credibility. The man started his life “hustling” and was too busy to enjoy his own company. The poet was soon able to see the truth and felt enlightened. He realized that to truly be free from his responsibility, he needed to solve his “problems” and look at the world through an intellectual lens. Morley’s decision to use this anecdote strategically gave credibility and created emotion in the audience. Morley said that Doctor Johnson was one of the “greatest philosophers” in the world. However, he was lazy. However, the Doctor was respected. The world becomes metaphysically larger when one has a reputation for complete, irremovable, reckless indolence. Morley continues his exploration of Doctor Johnson’s lazyness and provides an interesting historical example. Morley explained that the modern dictionary’s idea is the result of philosophical laziness. Doctor Johnson recorded information only because he was lazy. The modern dictionary was born from this informational script. Morley’s use of historical anecdotes to increase his credibility with his audience continues to grow, particularly if he is referring to a “doctor”. This increases the likelihood that his readers will claim.
Christopher Morley’s essay “On Laziness” appeals to both the emotional and rational perspective of his audience. He claims that philosophical laziness is the true way to freedom from responsibility. Morley shares personal stories and historical examples to show the importance laziness has in society. Morley states that true happiness can be found in a “philosophically idle” mindset. People who can discern between being lazy or philosophically lazy are truly happy. Happiness can be described as the sub-conscious goal for man. When man reaches true serenity, his mind is freed and he becomes truly free.