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LAZINESS
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The right to laziness is one of the rights that sensible humanity will learn to consider as something self-evident. Religion has made of this right to laziness a duty to God. There are commonplace maxims which people go on repeating thoughtlessly, and in the light of which they determine their conduct without once stopping to consider whether the assumed truth, looked at in the light of reason, may not turn out to be a lie. Work conquers the wish to pleasantly day-dream in the afternoons. The more holidays a religion has, the more welcome must it appear to labouring humanity. That is why the various religious systems so readily take over one another's holidays. Without idleness work loses its charm and value. These are usually persons who had their fill of laziness in childhood and who thoroughly enjoyed their youth.