Creativity and Lazyness

I stumbled over the following video on

What I found striking was not (only) the way this cleaner solved the problem of cleaning the windows of an escalator, but the comment of the one filming him. She commented his solution with the words (@0:17):

“This guy must be lazy.”

In a way she is right — someone once said:

“Progress doesn’t come from early risers — progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.”

and I hope she did mean it that way. If it were meant as a negative judgment, in the sense that it would have been better than this person solved the problem more … inefficiently or stupidly … it would miss one of the main aspects of creativity. It is supposed to make things easier/better/faster/superior.

That’s what drives us to be creative, and that’s why I wholeheartly agree with failblogs comment at the end:

“Alright, you got us, that was awesome.”

P.S.: Yeah, I’m back from my hiatus.