Why idleness is dangerous to your life?


There is sweet refreshment in the idle hours of a vacation or in the periods of rest after a day or week of work.

Such periods of idleness from labors can be stimulating.

But when idleness becomes a way of life, a daily thing, it ceases to be refreshing and becomes dangerous. 


An idle mind is the devil's playground

There is danger to a community where young people have nothing to occupy their minds and hands.

As they lounge about street corners or elsewhere day after day, their idle minds turn to mischief, seeking ways to fill with thrills the time that hangs heavy upon their hands.

Some youngsters have the initiative to find constructive things to keep them busy, but many others lack that initiative.

Idleness among youths can lead to their becoming involved in acts of vandalism and crime.

Then the community suffers.

In countries where youngsters must do their share of work in a family, juvenile delinquency is not the problem as in countries where parents do not insist upon their children keeping busy with constructive work.

Good cannot be expected to come from a perpetually idle mind. It is like a stagnant pool that breeds scum, disease and filth.

Evil thoughts intrude upon the idle mind and are nourished there, building up wrong desires that eventually express them in bad actions.

This can happen to adults as well as to children.

Idleness is the breeding ground of trouble. It was one of the major factors contributing to the decay of the Roman Empire.

Under the decadent influence of indolent nobles who avidly pursued money and pleasure, the people of the Roman Empire sank into the lowest imaginable depths of debauchery.

With most of the labor in the empire being done by about sixty million slaves, approximately one-half of the whole population, idleness became the way of life for the Romans.

It created an attitude that was dangerous to the continued existence of the empire. This led to the fall of the mighty empire.

The part idleness played in contributing to the moral decay of ancient peoples should not be ignored today. Its insidious influence can be just as damaging now as it was then.

Prolonged idleness deteriorates a person, destroying his ambition and his creative ability.

The less he does, the less he wants to do.

His unwillingness to work makes him useless to himself as well as to the community.

One author, Francis Quarles, once said:

“Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all the virtues and is the self-made sepulcher of a living man.”


Too many young people today have allowed idleness to swallow their virtues, causing them to descend into the pit of delinquency and crime.

The mischief that results from their idleness can ruin their lives by burying what could have been for them a bright future.

Because there are wealthy persons who live lives of ease and pleasure, doing nothing constructive, some persons think that this should be their goal in life.

They want to be on what they call “easy street.”

It is this desire that lures many persons into crime.


For a person to seek a life of constant ease is utter folly.

Humans were not made to do nothing.

They were made to work.

Work is good for them, mentally and physically.

It gives them a sense of accomplishment that makes life interesting and worthwhile.

Making idleness a way of life is dangerous to a person’s well-being, his attitude, his moral behavior and his life.

It can cause him also to become dangerous to the community by leading paths of crime in a pursuit for easy money. In the case of youths it leads to delinquency.

So, do not despise honest work, no matter how tiring it may be.

There is satisfaction in the life of one who works, doing things for others.