There is an epidemic plaguing our Nation, and it is ever so evident at Millersville University. It is a dangerous epidemic that affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and genders. Everyone is at risk of contracting this vicious disease called lazy-itis. I’m talking about laziness here.
Laziness in Americans today is often attributed to the progression in technology that has occurred so rapidly over the last few decades. I think that technology has become an excuse for people to be lazy today. Granted, television and computers both play a hefty role in the absurd amount of laziness in Americans. However, we can’t blame technology for everything.
One symptom of laziness is the inability to tolerate the outdoors. I see a lot of people who run on treadmills instead of in the good ol’ outdoors. I understand running on a treadmill when there is snow on the ground, but people do it year-round. I also understand that running on a treadmill is beneficial for people who have knee or ankle problems, but not everyone falls into the injured category. Natural inclines and declines, as well as wind resistance are factors that make running outside more beneficial. Plus, fresh air is a wonderful perk to running outside that you cannot get on a treadmill. We run inside because it is more convenient and easier to do. I do give people who at least run on the treadmill more credit than I do for other lazy people. At least they are working out.
Another symptom of laziness is the loss of ability to throw away their trash. I cannot even begin to tell you how many soda cans, cigarette butts, and items of food are currently sitting on the ground all over campus. The worst part is that most of the litter is found within a few feet of trashcans, and this baffles me to no end. Why is it so hard to walk a few more feet to a trashcan to properly dispose of your garbage? And, say you toss your garbage toward the trashcan, and miss, why is it so hard to pick it up and try again? I just will never understand why people are so lazy that they think it is okay to just toss it on the ground. Even if the item is biodegradable, it still is keeping our campus from being clean. Plus, it is not just your campus. It is not fair to everyone else on campus when you toss your garbage on the ground. We all have the right to a clean campus.
Lastly, another symptom of laziness is the inability to open doors. This symptom may be the worst of all. Opening a door is not so strenuous on a person that we should resort to pressing the automatic door-opening button that is intended for handicapped people. If you are perfectly capable of pulling the door handle, why hit the button? There is nothing hard about just opening a door. It is so simple. Yet, there are countless people on campus who seem incapable of doing such a simple task. It is not something that happens infrequently either; it happens all the time. This is the archetype of laziness.
These are just three examples of laziness at Millersville University. The list can go on and on. There are many countries in the world that think America may be the laziest country of all, and I can understand why. Lazy-itis has stricken the majority of Americans, but it is a disease that we are more than capable of stopping. Run outside. Throw your trash away. Just open the door. It is really that simple.