The world is full of people who are unworthy of the air you or I breathe. That is a fact. They sit around doing basically nothing all day eating our food, running up debt and so on. They can be easily replaced in the blink of an eye and if they died, their deaths would make absolutely no difference. Some of them are homeless while others just sit in their parents’ basement waiting to die as they waste away in front of a television surrounded by half-eaten foodstuffs. Some of them don’t even have jobs and the ones that do don’t make a difference. These people have given up on life.

Plenty of them probably used to have the potential to accomplish things, but because of this or that excuse, they no longer have that potential. Maybe they could’ve worked a little harder or gotten out of bed a little earlier so they could’ve gotten more done, but they didn’t. They chose a life similar to that of a house plant instead of a life of achievement and good honest work and, as consequence, they will probably die alone and unloved and will have to wait a few days or weeks before their corpse is found rotting on the floor because no one liked them enough to check on them regularly.

Through their lazy self-sacrifice, the rest of us can see what our lives will become if we give up. These couch potatoes have given the rest of us the opportunity to realize what we are doing wrong so we can change our ways and not end up like them. No one wants to be the person who gets a slur keyed into their car because they can’t drive, and non-automobile life works similarly in that the frequency of consequences like this can be decreased if one learns how to behave correctly.

Back in a time and place I’m pretending to remember, people didn’t have the option to be this lazy in the first place. For example: the Spanish Inquisition probably made everyone a lot less likely to sleep in instead of going to church. I’m not suggesting that everyone start going to church, but that could be replaced by other things like college, the grocery store, or the end of the driveway closely followed by the garbage bin. You are your own worst enemy in your lack of willpower. But I digress.

There are other things standing in your way besides you. Maybe it’s financial issues or those horrible, pathetic excuses for drivers that were mentioned a little while ago. What you have to remember is that it’s only okay to give up in moderation (I’m not even purposely being a bad role model – if you seriously are incapable of doing something, then it’s okay to admit it and give up). If you should do something and you can do whatever it is, then there’s no good excuse for you to not do it. Even if you have to do something that seems impossible, you still have to do it. It’s non-optional and not doing something required of you will always bring consequences. Maybe it won’t be as bad as losing your house after not paying your bills, but things like your reputation can be damaged. A person’s reputation can only be damaged so many times before he or she becomes the person with the slur on his or her car.

Of course, there are people who try and don’t give up too. They try and try, but life keeps throwing wrenches in their plans. They may want to give up on life, but that’s called being a spineless coward with no ability to handle reality. (Wait- that’s too long. Let’s just call it “cowardice”.) Their ability to persevere is admirable and their sleeping schedules are probably abominable, yet they are an impressive type. The trick to successful perseverance is somewhere between this act of stretching oneself too thin and the cough potato lifestyle. Persevere enough to be happy and have a good life, but not enough to make yourself die of exhaustion (I once read a news article about a guy who did that, so apparently it actually is possible to work yourself to death).

So, in short, persevere. Then take a nap. Then repeat from step one. Continue ad infinitum.