NPR did an interview with a self-described hipster over why Williamsburg, Brooklyn has some of the worst return rates of the 2010 US Census, to which it got some choice replies:
Mr. Stark: “…When it comes down to it, nobody wants to fill out like another form that’s just like getting sent to your house that really relatively has nothing to do with your life. I mean people would do if they got like five bucks.”
Ms. Lilly: “You know, on a personal note, maybe some people, they figure what’s the point to be counted if you don’t count for much anyway? If we don’t count, why be counted?”
Of course, the hipster blogs immediately railed against the “unfair” characterization NPR depicted of the hipster community, noting that the significant Hasidic community is also to blame for the low returns.
Now, while it appears that the Talmud has something to say about that issue, it also appears that there are about a dozen loopholes already in place, for without some form of practicality, it’d be hard to live in a larger world. And while religious fervor and paranoia are certainly one set of irrational fears, laziness is on its own level of idiocy.