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Laziness is the Father of Invention

If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father.

I donít think cars, trains, or planes were invented because there was a need for them. But rather, people wanted a faster and better method of traveling. In other words, they wanted a lazier way of traveling than the existing alternatives. The same thing is true for most of the modern inventions. The cell phone is a lazier alternative than always having to be tied to landline phones and calling several phone numbers to find someone specific to talk to, and both types of phones are lazier solutions than having to try to find someone in person. Supermarkets and malls were the ultimate convenience for shopping; however now with the Internet, we donít even have to leave our homes. Finally, the perfect example of an invention for laziness is the remote control. We donít even have to get up to change the channel or volume.

On the other hand, there are plenty of examples where necessity forced the creation of new inventions. For example, vaccines and cures are a necessity to save lives, since death is never an acceptable alternative. We only need something in order to stay healthy and live longer, such as food, water, medicine, clothing, and shelter. Even modern farming equipment and methods are basically tools to help fewer people to grow and harvest more food easily and more lazily. Everyone could grow their own food; however it is more convenient to let others do it in large quantities for us.

Consider for a moment, how many inventions do we really need? In my opinion, most inventions were created out of the desire of convenience and thus laziness. As a result, laziness is the father of invention.

by Phil for Humanity
on 06/05/2008

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