In his essay ‘In Praise of Idleness’, Bertrand Russell argued that if everyone worked only four hours a day, unemployment will come down drastically. In fact, human civilization has already devised the necessary technology to reduce its workload. There will be more time for people to do things that really makes them happy, if they only stop working for others with false notions of ‘duty’ drummed into their heads — so believed the English philosopher. Recently, a study carried out at Simon Fraser University in Cada may add to Russell’s argument, because it concludes that human beings are actually hard-wired to be lazy. The human nervous system appears designed to expend as little energy as possible. In laboratory conditions, volunteers were made to walk with a contraption which measured how they used up energy. Even when forced into a different style of walking, each volunteer was found to adapt within minutes into a step frequency in which least energy was spent. This finding is consistent with other studies that people tend to do things through the least effort. This seems hardly surprising because human beings, after all, are children of ture. Occupying the lowest energy state, moving from one point to another along the shortest possible distance, and following the path of least resistance are golden principles that ture follows for itself strictly.
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