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Bizarre culture for and against laziness

Technology equates to double-edged sword

By Justin Sim

In the Raisbeck Geographic’s recent expedition into the tribe of Noitava, anthropologists took an in-depth look at how tribesmen spend their time. Over the last few months, they observed the daily gridlock battles between two extreme camps–those who use it wisely and those who waste it.

In this society, elders have always educated their youth with this strange STEM method, which is more formally know as an acronym for “Strangely Taking Extra Measures.” This method helps the many youth who require being more intensely trained.

This is clearly apparent with the lack of facilities to exercise. While obesity may be on the incline in this society, innovation and creativity are encouraged with “sports of the mind,” and state of the art magical tablets.

With all the technology and resources available at a tribesmen disposal, there is a bewildering scenario where there can be more creativity, more effort, more technical resourcefulness, more planning, more freedom, and more power for good than ever before, but at the same time the more laziness and room to screw around. Perhaps improvement can often seem like an illusion. For the tribesmen of this age, technology can be a bit of a doubled-edged sword.

Anthropologists have observed the creation of small, temporary communes or partnerships within each caste to varying effects. Tribesmen have to work together on “projects,” or feats of strength to prove their worth to their gods, but with varying levels of faith within the caste system, a subdivision emerges.

According to observations that have been gathered, the devout ones appear to be primarily female. To gain the favor of both gods and elders, they emphasize efficiency and productivity above all else. The elders point out the devout as exemplars for “staying on task” and finishing work on time.

These religious fanatics puts themselves at risk by investing the most to a project or feat of strength. Their act of selflessness for the group could be seen as an enforcement of power and strength as they seem to relish the fact that people need and rely on them. They go out of their way to make it clear that they did most or all the work.

On the other side, there is the the group anthropologists call the apostates. This subdivision is mostly associated with males of the tribe. They are disillusioned people, who have little motivation to work hard and stay focused.

There are varying theories on why tribesmen do not feel like working hard. One theory researchers have looked into is mental illness. Brain damage is the first thing that anthropologists considered. This would easily explain why some of the tribesmen act with the mental capacity of a child to ruin their own lives.

Instead of producing wonders for the betterment of society, some spend hours upon hours training to be gaming extraordinaires.  Because its hard to compete against zealots, apostates instead compete against each other to prove dominance over other lesser members of their group. From their ranked hierarchy, researchers can only assume they are competing for access to smug bragging rights, limited resources, or quite possibly mating opportunities.

Within the black caste, evidence from medical experts shows that some of the tribesmen are suffering from another disease. They appear to be in the late stages of a severe, terminal mental disease called “senioritis.” Members of the other castes could also be suffering from the early stages of this disease.  As of now, there is not enough evidence to substantiate this theory, but it could very well be true.

It has been noted that some elders allow tribesmen to choose their own groups and elect their own leaders, but others use random selection, leading to mixed results.  When coalition comunes or partnerships are formed between the two, conflict emerges and the politics begin.

These apostates are often chastised by the devout for their laziness and their tendency to procrastinate. The devout want to get things, but others argue about the urgency of the matter if their “project,” is not due anytime soon or they insist that they don’t feel like working. This is often where the shouting or yelling begins.

When it gets serious or no compromise can be made, elders often have to intervene as arbitraters. They seem to have an impromptu sort of trial, but anthropologists note that neither side is represented by a lawyer who can point out their rights.

If one speaks to elders or zealots, one can make the easy case that laziness is vice that must be stomped out. A man once said that the great should not be constrained by the small or in this case apostates.

However, progress has often been driven by lazy people looking to avoid work. This doesn’t mean that there is only room for devout hardworking people. At the same time, that doesn’t excuse tribesmen from doing nothing. For this day and age, apostates just have to be clever enough to find that easier (or lazy) way of accomplishing what needs to be done.

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