Lazy! That’s what they are, this next generation who sit around texting on their phones, playing portable video games and visiting through social networks. We’re running short of quality workers to replace the coming retirees who built this land with their blood and sweat. Doomed I say! We’re all doomed!
The ones before said it about my generation and we tell the same of the ones to follow us. I recall a blurb I read once that stated something like “It’s funny how the only ones to complain about our generation are the ones who raised us.”
It’s true. We curse the youth for adapting to a life of comfort that we’ve created. But does the word “lazy” really deserve the bad reputation we’ve painted around it? Let’s consider what lazy has done for us in the past.
Fetching water from the well back in the day was a lot of work so the next generation of lazies piped water to our homes. Walking five miles down the road to speak something simple to the neighbor was too time consuming so the phone was invented. There’s a saying in the industry where I work that goes, “if you want something done fast and efficiently give it to the lazy guy.” I laughed at first but over and over the phrase proved true. They find an easier way. It may not be by the same book that was written for us, but it works.
I had a recent visit back up to the Alberta oilsands. Perched upon a high catwalk I took a minute and looked over the landscape to all the running equipment. There was a full arsenal of heavy earth movers working in front of us. Dozers and scrapers, some I don’t even know the name of. The oilsands are in an area thick with muskeg so there are multiple crews of heavy equipment whose purpose is to simply turn dirt to dry it out so they can pack it down and build on it. Turn the dirt over and over diesel engines roaring black plumes of smoke puking into the air. Then I think of the thousands of buses to transport personnel and the planes. The amount of equipment and people power required to develop the oilsands is mind blowing. I look at all the energy being used and can’t help to wonder how we’re making any progress. The biggest energy consumer, is the energy industry?
It takes a lot of dedication from the people to leave their families far behind for weeks or months at a time to perform thankless tasks like…turning dirt. And I see how people are getting tired of it. Sitting in a heavy hauler twelve hours a day gives you lots of time to think about why you’re sitting in a heavy hauler for twelve hours a day. It’s a primitive form of energy, we’ve been using it for hundreds of years now, it degrades our morale’s and poisons our planet an industry that is long overdue for advancement.
So maybe it’s time for lazy.