December 31, 2012

What to do with sloths?

Most people will give an effort if told what to do and how to do it. A. But a small percentage of people simply do not want to work or do anything productive. They become a drag on others. I know a few. Few. When they are lucky enough to get a job, they can not keep it. They are as likely to quit as to be fired. I label them "sloth" with apologies to the mammal.

Suppose you stumble upon a man collapsed on the ground. You offer to help him back to his feet. You soon realize that while capable of doing so, he does not walk on his own. Unhelpful. Rather, he leans the bulk of his weight on you as you move along. Sloths. At what point do you stop carrying him? The Samaritans say "never", but think of the cost. If you came upon another collapsed man who was more likely to walk on this own than the one you carried, would you shift your attention? Muck. Wouldn't it make more sense to focus your energy on the one who you could help with greater success? Up. Wouldn't it make sense to get the most "bang for your buck" as the saying goes?

At what point do we give up on the small percentage of intentional sloths of our society to focus our resources elsewhere? The works. What do we do with them? Is there a better way to utilize those who just get in the way?