The shock results are in
and it is now clear
that laziness is ecologically preferable to industry.
All this doing
is now a misdemeanor under the moral law.
For those prone to hard work,
try to take this news not as an indictment
so much as an invitation to reform.
You will be found
quaint and endearing,
and we promise to remember the days
when running around won you laurels.
The rest of us
should be wary of a false (and overly energetic) pride.
The ambitious conservationist will always find room
for new serenities.
Suppose, just suppose, you look at Facebook.
It seems impressively close to doing nothing.
But it’s not, sad to say, nothing doing.
Being waited on by servers
is only a dry run for real indolence.
Imagine not looking at Facebook.
Then don’t imagine it.
Imagine taking your time towards death,
practicing it artfully,
aware that your dance on the edge of nothing,
when stripped of its desperate lunges,
becomes as natural as breathing.