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German University Is Offering Rs 1.4 Lakh For Doing Nothing: Here’s Why

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Monit Khanna
Monit KhannaUpdated on Aug 25, 2020, 17:50 IST

The world today is the most competitive -- whether it is doing better in career or achieving a specific standard of living -- the competition is fierce.?

Amidst this cut-throat battle, often people think, wouldn’t it be better if one could get paid without working at all, by doing nothing. Oddly enough, Researchers in Germany are doing something like that.?

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Reported first by the Guardian, researchers in Germany’s University of Fine Arts, Hamburg are looking for individuals to examine people’s laziness as well as lack of ambition. People signing up have to convince the academics that they wish to be inactive in a rather unique, albeit interesting way to be awarded a scholarship of 1,600 Euros.

The application form asks the applicants four questions, upon which their eligibility for this specific scholarship will be judged -- “what do you not want to do?, For how long do you not want to do it?, Why is it important not to do this thing in particular? And why are you the right person not to do it?”

What’s the significance of this experiment?

Now you might be wondering, what in god’s name is this experiment supposed to achieve? Well, according to Professor Friedrich von Borries. the creator of this project, it is important to understand the phenomenon of laziness on a much deeper level to form an eco-social transformation.?

In his words, it is about exiting the constant success spiral and getting off life's hamster wheel. He explains, “This scholarship programme is not a joke but an experiment with serious intentions – how can you turn a society that is structured around achievements and accomplishments on its head?”

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Living a sustainable life

He said in a statement to Deutsche Welle broadcaster, “If we want to live in a society that consumes less energy, wastes fewer resources, this is not the right system of values. Wouldn’t it be nicer to gain social prestige by saying, ‘I have time to dream … meet friends, put up my feet – I have time to do nothing?’”

He concluded, stating, “The search for success never ends, even if people have financial security.”

This project is going to be a part of an exhibition dubbed ‘School of Inconsequentiality: Towards A Better Life’ at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, in 2021.?

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