My response to him was that all of the people I know in the United States must be Elbonian. Laziness is not the exclusive domain of Elbonians or Americans. It is human nature. We do not like to expend effort. We would much rather have someone tells us the answer than figure it out ourselves, we would rather use a remote than get up to change the channel, etc.
The problem with all of that is that the one who does the work is the one who benefits. It is in the struggle with trying to comprehend what the Spirit of God is saying in the Word of God that He shows up and leads us into truth.
So we all need to abandon our Elbonian tendency to laziness and engage in the hard work of seeking God in His Word.