Gross Waste

The Devil finds work for idle hands.
An idle mind is a devil’s workshop.

WHICHEVER way you look at idleness, there is no gainsaying the fact that it is a great evil, causing one to fritter away one’s best talents and leaving one disqualified to face life. A student who is too lazy to study cannot ever hope to acquire knowledge, or have his critical faculties sharpened in any way, and his failure in examinations will leave him without any qualifications. Without the necessary qualifications he will not be able to find good employment leading to a vacant existence, simply whiling away his time.

Even those people who have managed to qualify themselves suitably cannot afford to rest on their laurels. When the period of education is over, it is equally necessary to be consistently hard-working. Between the receipt of a degree and entry into a profession, many make the excuse that they are waiting for the right job to come along. But one cannot go on waiting forever, simply idling away one’s time.

Sometimes one inadvertently slips into idle ways because there are no economic pressures in one’s life. Those who inherit legacies, or have property or investments which bring them some return are an easy prey to idleness. But this is no existence for a human being. Anyone who allows the poison of idleness to creep into their system might as well be dead.

Either, one must opt for a regular job, which brings one a suitable income and keeps one mentally healthy, so that one never becomes a financial or emotional burden on others or, if one is financially independent, one should turn one’s attention to higher things, pursue noble ends, serve worthy causes and keep oneself fruitfully occupied day in and day out. A person with no sense of commitment is only living on the fringes of existence. He is out of touch with reality and will soon lapse into utter degeneracy. No really successful person has ever been found among the ranks of the idle.