A lazy fellow’s mantra

Having been born in a multicultural environment, that is, in an Asian nation-in-the-making of people of diverse ethnic origins, I was naturally exposed to a range of Oriental philosophies. Because I was born with the intention of being lazy, I like the dictum of Laozi, a great Chinese philosopher, which says “Do nothing, and then nothing is left to be undone.” He was most definitely a wise man.

The philosophies of Asia go back a long way. Those who uphold the Athenians as the cultural ancestors of the European West may consider what my elders pointed out. Wisdom is all pervasive, and belongs to no one; we are mere transmitters.

In recent years, I have also read that Egypt was the source of Athenian learning; and that Eastern philosophies were probably transmitted to the Athenians via the Persians, an advanced people.

Returning to Laozi, Paul Bailey, the erudite author of ‘Think of an elephant,’ points out that what Laozi meant “was for us to do everything from a state of mind that understands the secret of effortless action.”

Perhaps because I like elephants, my favourite Hindu deity is Ganesha, the elephant-faced dispenser of wisdom. So, my approach to management is to find a lazy worker: he will find the most efficient way of getting his job done well!

But, do not ever think of a pink elephant! It may choose to stay with you.

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