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I couldn’t be bothered to think of a better title…

Anyway my rant this time around is not actually about lazy people per se. I have been known to be lazy as I’m sure you have at times. My post really is about the laziness of people as a whole and, paradoxically, the lengths they will go to to avoid having to do things, or the lengths society will go to make sure they don’t have to. It’s about products either designed to do jobs for us or to provide the finished results without any effort. It’s about how a lot of the time these things don’t actually save any time or effort, and in a sense, don’t save any energy either. It’s about oxymorons, and just plain morons.

My favourite example is, in my opinion, one of the biggest cons of this type ever concieved: The Leaf Blower.

This is a machine designed to collect leaves together, by blowing them away.
A machine designed to save its user’s replenishable energy, yet powered by petrol.

Now I am told they have their uses, but in my experience I have yet to really see them. What I have seen are workers who have spent literally hours blowing leaves around a green, slowly,  slowly building up piles to be collected. I have seen them on their knees, fumbling with their gloved hands to pick up scraps of leaves from the kerb in a car park because there was nowhere left to blow them.

I have seen (though sometimes I wonder whether I really did see it) a man driving a machine down a pavement, blowing cut grass back onto the verge.

I have seen jobs that I can honestly not comprehend taking any longer to do with either of two simple tools: a rake, and a broom.

Perhaps I’m coming at this from the wrong angle though. Perhaps it’s more that the evil money grabbing corporations aim to profit from us, and so they seek to make us believe that every day tasks are just too difficult, or time consuming for any good, hard working citizen to possibly manage and that they’re only helping by developing such wonderful products as the Juice Loosener.

I personally find it insulting that companies are willing to depict us as bumbling oafs, incapable of even the most basic tasks.

I’m reminded of the advert for the Miracle-gro Liquid Feeder. The liquid feeder is designed to help us, so the advert would have us believe, by removing the highly technical and difficult task of filling a watering can with water. It shows us a woman in her garden on a lovely summer’s day. But no what’s this?! Her day is bring ruined by the watering can! As she struggles with the tap she is splashed with water, her hair becomes dishevelled and she gives up in a flustered mess. The poor woman has been beaten, but the good people at Miracle-gro know that we’ve all been there before. We’ve all struggled to hold the can under the tap AND turn the tap on. Goodness, I’m not sure how many times I’ve managed it. But there is hope! With the Liquid Feeder, all you have to do is attach it to the end of your hose and water away! Of course it didn’t show how she managed to hold the hose and turn the water on without it jetting up into her face. I’m assuming the liquid feeder prevents this from happening as well.

I’m all for improving things, making them more efficient and useful etc. but there comes a point where you’re no longer improving anything, you’re just doing it because you can rather than because you need to. When I think back to watching that man driving down the pavement on his leaf/grass blower it makes me sick to think how many resources and how much energy it took to build and run that machine. Was it all really because society would consider it unfair to ask him to sweep it with a broom using his own hands? Would it really be asking too much of his job? Is it really worth the trade-off? I must say that I still need convincing.