Laziness Does Not Exist

A Defense of the Exhausted, Exploited, and Overworked

In this well-argued polemic, Devon Price outlines three tenets of what they term the “laziness lie”: that your worth is your productivity, that you cannot trust your own feelings and limits, and that there is always more you should be doing. Of these, it seems to me that it’s the second tenet that underpins the first and third. Only by learning to ignore signals from our bodies, minds, and spirits could we come to accept the standard expectations for busyness and exertion. I needed no convincing of Price’s central argument, but I found in these pages not only validation but also cogent, practical advice for jettisoning the laziness lie once and for all.