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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Professor decries negative perception of ‘laziness'
The chairman of the Department of
Higher Education at the University of Denver recently wrote a paper that
praises laziness as a "virtue" and excoriates neo-liberalism and
the "corporate university" as responsible for laziness's negative
I love these stories because they
give us a glimpse into the massive decline of critical thinking in the American
academy, where ever expanding efforts to destroy common sense and logic have
become commonplace. The "publish or perish" paradigm now
includes the idea that unless you publish something that destroys or seeks to
destroy the traditional, you are ignored.
The professor, Ryan Evely
Gildersleeve, twists himself into Gordian knots of logic to make his case.
Gildersleeve contended that laziness is a "political stance"
that can be made into a vehicle for social justice, if applied to the social
science's emerging theory of "postqualitative inquiry that seeks to
disrupt normative explanations of the world."
Gildersleeve classified "four
overlapping yet somewhat distinct versions of laziness that form the basis of
the lazy inquiry," shaping the "behind-the-scenes virtue of
postqualitative inquiry" [–] namely[,] political, practical, artistic,
and philosophical laziness.
Together, "they form an
entangled web of laziness more so than individual pathways to lazy
activity," he wrote in the article published Jan 9
in Qualitative Inquiry, a peer-reviewed social sciences journal.
Gildersleeve created a chart
demonstrating the insight that can be gained by lazy actions. For
instance, the lazy activity of taking a walk "doesn't mean anything: a
walk can just be a walk. So, therefore, any interview segment can
just be words from an interview segment."
It's impossible to respond
intelligently to that gibberish. My brain hurts just from trying to
process the unprocessable.
"Admiring athleticism" can
lead to pondering, "does the soccer ball kick back?," and while
practicing yoga, one may consider, "I should call Aaron back."
The lazy act of "generating a
list of potential titles of papers I might one day never write" leads to
the following sequence: "Concepts. Titles are
concepts. Papers are extensions of these concepts. Not
all concepts find a line of flight. Not all lines of flight become
assemblages. Not all assemblages
Remember: this poor, demented,
ignorant soul runs the department at U.D. responsible for educating
"Lazy" activities such as
hiking or reading poetry boost creativity, wrote Gildersleeve, but
"the neoliberal imperative of modern academic cares little for such
practice, fearful it slows down the processes of production."
Gildersleeve described an ideal
"academicus otiosus" – Latin for lazy academic – who "recaptures
and valorizes lazy into political action," who can harness postqualitative
inquiry to refute "the neoliberal condition of academe."
"The lazy, the leisurely, and
the idle are to be rendered into the virtuous," he wrote.
Harold Peary; The Great Gildersleeve
All those years of sleeping in and
being late to work, vegetating in front of the TV, procrastinating about a work
project, not working out, and flipping to the end of that mystery novel to see
how it turns out – little did I know how virtuous that was.
In fact, according to the professor,
the Vatican should already be preparing a place for me in the hall of saints.
But the professor has a point – at
least, in the academy. When hard work is considered "racist," why
shouldn't laziness be considered a virtue?
Ed. The Great Gildersleeve made FAR more sense than this wacky professor in Denver.