When we speak of socialism, of workers running society democratically from the bottom-up, some one always interjects, "That'll never happen. People are just naturally lazy!"
For the most part, people think that most people are lazy, they don't want to do work. And that is undeniably true, under capitalism.
Under capitalism, the labor of the vast majority is exploited by a tiny minority that own the means of production. Why would anyone want to be exploited? Why should anyone bust their butts if all the profits, all the benefits and all the wealth are just going to go to the bosses anyway? This is how capitalism promotes, encourages, breeds laziness.
The Communist Manifesto, addressed laziness:
It has been objected that upon the abolition of private property all
work shall cease, and universal laziness will overtake us.
According to this, bourgeois society ought long ago to have gone to
the dogs through sheer idleness; for those of its members who work,
acquire nothing, and those who acquire anything, do not work.
So instead of the hardest workers receiving the most for their work, they receive little or nothing. The laziest, the profiteers who live off of others' labor, control billions in corporate profits and in private Swiss bank accounts.
People are not naturally lazy. For example, think of all the work that goes into model airplane building, or rebuilding a hot rod. That labor is unpaid, but people still do it because they enjoy it, because the fruits of their labor belong to them.
And in a socialist society, since the workers will control their own workplaces, work will increasingly assume the character of a hobby rather than the soul-grinding drudgery that it is now.