When I was a very small child I fell out of the backseat of a moving car. It wasn't going very fast, and I wasn't seriously hurt, but it had a big impact on how I think and feel. I was a teenager before I figured out how to put that feeling into words:
Today is all you have, and it's not a guarantee, so make the best of it while you can!
No, this is not another way to say, "eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we shall die!" It is, in fact, exactly the opposite. It's more in line with this:
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Now, to be both fair and honest, I am no saint. There have been many days when I was sick with worry about trivial things. In each and every case, once I realized how trivial it had been, I reminded myself not to make the same mistake the next time. The next time it happened, I would consciously lay it aside and focus on getting the most out of the day I had been given.
For each day truly is a gift. The one thing no atheist can ever do is feel appreciative for the day. This is because they do not acknowledge the giver of the day. For the atheist, each new day is no different from the one that came before or the one that follows. The atheist might work hard and live an honest life, but they will never truly appreciate the life they have been given because to an atheist there is no greater power than they themselves. Yes, I am indeed saying that atheism is a very elaborate justification for narcissism. It always has been and always will be.
So what exactly am I driving at and how does it relate to the "procrastination and laziness" in the title? That's kind of complicated, but it starts with days like yesterday.
Yesterday was the 4th of July, sometimes called "Independence Day". On July 4, 1776 the American patriots declared their independence from Britain and dedicated their lives to insuring the realization of that independence in the everyday lives of American farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. This was a wild, insane, carpe diem act. Over the next thirteen years some of them died and some of them lost everything they owned while a few of them went on to lay the foundation for the one truly free society the world has ever known.
It was also an act of great procrastination and laziness. They did not immediately draft the Articles of Confederation. In fact, the very creation of the Declaration of Independence was in and of itself an act of procrastination and laziness because they had been sent to Philadelphia to draft the Articles, not some crazy document that launched them straight down the path to war with the greatest imperial nation on earth. Everything about the creation of our nation was similarly based on procrastination and laziness. (After all, only three years before instead of paying taxes they had dressed up like indians and tossed crates of tea into the Boston harbor.) The founding fathers constantly put off tasks demanded of them by the King and Parliment and used their days to do something important to them: work toward creating a Constitutional Republic.
Here in the United States there are hundreds of thousands of people, and possibly a couple million, who get paid to campaign for Marxist programs. They call themselves "political activists", but it does not matter what their personal issue might be (environment, gay rights, open borders, etc.), their solution is always the same: ignore the Constitution, give government more power, take money from the rich, gain control of private property, prevent people from living how they want to and force them to live a more "moral" life. These people are being paid to destroy the strongest, most free, most important nation the world has ever known. Do you understand what I am saying here? They are professionals! This is their job! This is what they do and they do it well.
And on the side of tradition we have middle-aged Americans taking time away from work, sacrificing time with their families, loading up on buses and heading to Washington D.C. where the professional activists call them "terrorists", "bigots", "neo-Nazis", and "white supremacists". The next big rally in Washington D.C. will be on 8/28/10. Glenn Beck is calling this one, the "Restoring Honor Rally". Instead of mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, attending the PTA meeting, working overtime to pay the mortgage, and so on, large numbers of average Americans are going to set aside important chores and responsibilities to take a day trip to Washington and stand in front of the Lincoln Memorial where they will spend the day listening to speeches and music. Afterwards, the professional activists and their allies in journalism will undoubtedly revile them, rail against them, and demand the government do something about them.
Do you understand yet? Do you see what I am trying to say? Procrastination and laziness are not faults, nor are they shortcomings. They are the tools we use to change the world. Our enemies are hard-working, ambitious professionals who have dedicated their lives to transforming the United States of America into a copy of France, or maybe China. It is only by setting aside our own responsibilities and joining countless other like-minded and equally lazy people that we can stop, and hopefully reverse, the work of the professional activists.
Procrastination and laziness. They are the key to preserving what we have and expanding our freedoms. They are essential to reversing a century of gradual, piecemeal encroachments on our sacred, God-given right to live our lives free of meddling busybodies utterly convinced of their own ability to make better choices for us than we can make for ourselves. Once in awhile we have to lay aside our own labor, postpone a few important tasks, and spend time away from those we love. The professional activists already consider us impediments. If we attend the rally the neighborhood beautification club will no doubt consider us lazy good for nothings. Since we will be in Washington D.C. at that time, the PTA will be furious that we haven't attended the Pre-Opening Day Orientation for Parents. All of them will be absolutely right. There is no profit in attending this event, none whatsoever. In order to attend we will all have to put off numerous, very important personal responsibilities. That is exactly what makes it vital that we are there!
If we succeed in defeating the professional activists, then our children's children will be free to ride their skateboards in the city park, sit on their computers playing games, and spend all day texting with their friends. With just a little more procrastination on our part, they will never once have to waste a moment of their day laboring without pay for some hardworking professional activist who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that such laziness would destroy civilized society.
I know it's hard to justify putting off important tasks and spending a day doing nothing, but if we don't take control of the situation and defeat the professionals, our grandchildren will never have the chance to understand just how wonderful laziness can be.