Student Essay: The Lackadaisical Man
The assignment given was to write a type sketch. According to our textbook (Handbook of Grammar and Composition, A Beka Book, Pensacola, Florida: 2003, page 242),
"A type sketch is the opposite of a character sketch. Instead of describing a specific individual, the type sketch paints a word picture of a general type of person. Usually the best way to bring the type sketch to life is to use humor, satire, or gentle sarcasm...Usually the title of the type sketch will reveal the opinion of the author..."G.M., a tenth-grade homeschool student, enjoys satire and used gentle sarcasm in the essay below. Has G.M. described anyone you know?
The Lackadaisical Man
The not-caring man of today’s world is becoming more and more popular. We see him every day throughout our lives. He lives completely satisfied for whatever comes to him and to other people. He is the happy-go-lucky man who really could care less about life, just living it through, ignoring the bad, and enjoying what good comes to him.
What is the lackadaisical student like? He is idle, sometimes even lazy, and lacks the interest and liveliness in some of life’s mysteries. Still, however, he lives somewhat on the positive side. If he receives a failing mark on a school paper, so what? He will get a better grade eventually. It is not the end of the world. Heck, having some money in his pocket, some friends, and a place to go—those are enough to get him through.
What is the twenty-first century lackadaisical man like? He is, for the most part, happy with his job, life, family and, if he is lucky enough, his girlfriend. Provided he has a paycheck coming in, a bottle of beer, and maybe a pack of cigarettes, he is satisfied with his life. No need to accomplish great deeds or to change the world. Those goals are what really smart or crazy people strive for. He laughs at people who try to achieve the best in life. “Just give it a break, and have some fun. Avoid the bad things, and just wait it out. Sooner or later, life will throw some lucky thing at me.” He holds an air of recklessness, still hoping for the best, however.
The happy-go-lucky personality lives within all of us, but most of us choose to try harder, rather than just letting life go by. The lackadaisical do try to make good of their lives, but they do not try as hard as most people. As long as the happy-go-lucky man holds luck, he will forever be satisfied and will see no need to try any harder than he already does.
--Submitted by G.M.