Sloth the topic for musem debate
Being lazy might not always be a bad thing. At least that's what comedian Irene Pink reckons.
Pink will join fellow comedians Ben Hurley and Chris Brain, along with political commentator Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury, on the panel for this Thursday's Late at the Museum, where the fifth deadly sin, sloth, will be examined from every angle.
Are Kiwis too laidback? Is being lazy causing us to become unhealthy and unmotivated? Or are our busy lives in desperate need for some time out? Pink says all will be revealed.
Along with the hour-long discussion, the monthly event at Auckland Museum features music and Shakespeare performances.
Pink said, being one of the original seven deadly sins, sloth, once talked about people who were deemed lazy, as being open to evil.
She said today though, it could have a different meaning - with more people becoming "lazy thinkers".
But when it comes down to putting your feet up or doing something "productive", Pink is a staunch supporter of taking a break.
"You're always worried that if you're not always busy, your natural tendency is to be sloth-like.
"But I don't think being slothful physically is necessarily a bad thing. Like when you get asked what your hobbies are, I think everybody lies and says 'I like to garden and read books' when really, don't you just want to lie in front of the telly and read magazines?"
She said she is "hugely suspicious" of people who are constantly busy, whatever their reasons.
"Is it because you don't want to be alone in a room, with yourself?
"I think there is a tendency to pretend to be busy or to make yourself busy, because you don't want to be that person who is not playing touch rugby at 5.30pm because it's daylight savings.
"The thought of that makes me what to throw up, but saying you would like to lie down with a glass of wine makes you sound like a bit of a loser."
LATE at the Museum - Sloth at Auckland Museum
Thursday at 7pm. Tickets $20
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