I have no doubt that all of us could find plenty of examples of laziness, and probably a lot closer to home than many realize (not saying you). Drugs certainly play a role in this too. But I also work with many poor, often though not always ex-cons trying to overcome drug addiction and trying to right themselves. It's a tough haul and laziness is really not what its about. It's about the addiction and about their position in life. Many addicts in the middle and upper classes can hide this addiction much easier or if they can't, their fall doesn't tie them to a lifetime of blocked opportunities. But I'd suggest that many of those with addictions also have either diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues--some of which might be caused by the addiction, others of which their mental health issues led to addiction. It's too easy to generalize though from some individuals we "know" who might fit some preconceived beliefs that we have which leads us to a form of confirmation bias. We prejudge them as lazy and then interpret them through this filter. The problem though is much deeper. Most folks here didn't grow up poor, though a few have claimed to. Well, they are the fortunate ones since more likely than not, if you are born into poverty, you will not escape poverty. That's the trap. Kind of hard to simply label them as 'lazy' when being poor comes with so many more concomitant negative force that act as barriers to social mobility, so it could be that by the time you see some of these folks, their will has already been broken. It's hard enough for those of us in the middle class to maintain and/or improve our lot in life and we have a lot less ground to cover and many, many more advantages and fewer barriers. Again though, I don't dispute that there are lazy poor (there are many lazy middle class and upper class folks who 'take' too); I do dispute the sweeping generalization that they all are, or even most (again, a majority of poor are either children, elderly or disabled). They are too easy a target to have people's own personal frustrations being dumped upon them. I would challenge folks to look beyond such simplified labels.