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What JJ said. People are generally capable of wonderful things but the temptation to give in to laziness of thought and action is too often too great. Being someone extraordinary takes extraordinary discipline.
 

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That laziness is an under appreciated virtue :D

IF YOU want a robot to move more gracefully make, it as lazy as possible. So says Oussama Khatib of Stanford University in California, who is looking ahead to a future in which humans interact more closely with robots, and where we will expect them to move more like us.

By modelling how people move, Khatib found that we naturally minimise the energy used by our muscles. "Humans are sort of lazy," he says. That is why we sip coffee with our arm at a 30 to 45-degree angle to our bodies, not with our elbow higher up or tight against our torso.

He then applied the same energy-minimising criteria to direct the way a computer model of a robot moves. In that way, he said, "we are able to produce motions with the robot that look very natural".
Lazy robots look more natural on the move - tech - 15 July 2007 - New Scientist Tech
 

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That laziness is an under appreciated virtue :D
I agree. Laziness leads to innovation as long as you are lazy but still want something done. If you're lazy and apathetic, however, then that's trouble.

Also, thinking is underrated. It seems like many people feel that doing something must involve physical motion.
 

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To expect the unexpected from Life, and "carpe diem" (seize the day).
 

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To paraphrase a Taoist sage, "No action that you can take will calm the ripples on a pond created by the action of another".

This is a lesson that has been hammered home many, many times in my life.
 

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Teach a man to make a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. But,set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life!
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