There is no sense in diguising this as anything other than a rant. So today I'd like to rant about two mantras I despise.
The first is "work hard, play hard". Let me just put this out there right now - those words are the opiate of the American masses, created in all likelihood to fool the common man and woman into being complacent workers. While I'm not entirely sure of that, it is mainstream bullshit. Intelligent people do not practice it because it leads to burnout. Instead they work and play smart. They don't just blindly work hard. They don't play hard in situations that obviously aren't worth it. This isn't to say they never work/play hard, but they are selective about when they do.
The second motto I cast off as ignorant is "I'll sleep when I'm dead." Defying science, it assumes rebelling against the sandman will lead to a more productive, fun and generally better life. I believe the truth to be closer to the opposite. While we may differ on exactly how much sleep is optimal, too little will make you error prone, anxious, more succeptible to illness and look like crap. I don't advocate strict regimens because life can offer spontaneous (often sexy) opportunities that should be treasured. But as humans we do almost everything better rested. Just take a look at this infographic of elite athletes and their sleeping habits. You too can sleep your way to the top, completely void of moral dilemma.
I've been doing a lot of thinking about how you can come up with a contrarian opinion for just about anything and it will have some merit. I think it goes to show that there are few, if any absolute truths. You can only go with what works for you and move on.
What mantras, sayings or mottos do you find foolish?