WARNING! Rambling thoughts ahead...
I wonder if we could aim to redefine "Slacker Theory" to be more in line with what Lilias posted with, "The Right to be Lazy."
And add to that a sense of, "not producing or supporting commercial excess."
I'm certain we can define slacker by a few different terms then the narrow definitions proposed here and many of them might share equal meaning and weight.Then it would be more of a theory about
- Living in the moment,
- Only working when the wage paid is of a high standard,
- and doing the things that are beneficial to our own sense of well being in whatever way we define it on a personal level.
- Maybe enjoying the times between working when needed and not pushing ourselves to work more then needed.
- ...avoiding work for commercial gains, avoiding working for a system that we feel doesn't work for us.
It would become about sticking it to "the man" and living life on our own terms wouldn't it?
This subject also brings to mind, Thoreau's Walden. What do we really need to live? And/or Civil Disobedience to rally against the broken system by being a slacker or refusing to work within the system as it's currently defined. Why work in a broken system? Why contribute to something that doesn't work for the majority of people? I can see why some/many would choose to be a radical slacker - <my own term for how the original poster defines slacker.>
***Note: The following is just for fun and is in no way meant to be a serious definition or to be taken seriously ***
1) A slacker that chooses to use the system to their own benefit and bend/or stretch regulations and laws to allow them to work as little as possible while remaining within the system. Often by using as many support systems as they can.
- Radical Slacker <def.> noun
2) A slacker that chooses to redefine their lives by bucking the system, disobeying what they see as minor laws, and committing acts of civil disobedience in an attempt to live life on their own terms and/or possibly change the way the system works without producing any commercial goods or services.
I don't know, I'm just toying with ideas...
Personally, I fall into the category of not needing to work because I have enough saved and/or invested that I earn enough to live off of. I don't drive fancy sport cars or live in a big luxury house but I got all that I need which is about equal to a 50-100k/year salary (it varies based on investment returns) and I have no debts. I earned a good part of it but part of it was given to me and without the given part I wouldn't be in the position I am now. It's not a lot but it's mine.
I think I could be defined as a type of slacker though. I certainly don't personally produce any goods or services, although my investments in local businesses (mostly) do yield those types of results. I try to invest in community oriented and environmentally or socially conscious types of businesses but I also have some invested in more practical safer return types.
Mostly I live a life of leisure. I wake up when I want, I usually don't follow any sort of rigorous schedule unless I want to - Like making plans to travel etc... I play video games and watch movies a lot. I spend a good 1-2 hours a day at the gym... great deal of time online on the internet etc... Generally not doing anything productive with my time. However, I do find myself very busy and with a full schedule but only of my own choosing and it doesn't consist of any hard work, mental or physical. Unless you count going to the gym and sex as hard work. I don't.
I consider myself a slacker but certainly not on the same terms or methods that the original poster talks of.
I wonder if we have any other self proclaimed slackers that take a different approach?