“There was formerly a capacity for light-heartedness and play which has been to some extent inhibited by the cult of efficiency. The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.”

-Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness

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6 responses to “Idle”

  1. asakiyume says :

    Sadly, so true. I could get myself to take long walks by claiming (to my interior efficiency monitor) that I was exercising the dog. Once the dog no longer needed long walks, it was harder to justify taking them 😦 (I still do take them, but not without fail…)

    • Justin says :

      Another good one from “Big Burt”, as that wag Rick Bowes likes to call him, this time from the Conquest of Happiness: “A generation that can not endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced from the slow processes of nature, of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers, as though they were cut flowers in a vase.”

  2. Rick Bowes says :

    Yeah, “Big Burt” as we used to call him always knew how to have fun!

  3. Jennifer Brinn says :

    I had to do one of those personality assessment things this past week for a job I was attempting to get. Besides being more useless than most (rate yourself on the following scale, 1=careless to 5=careful — really, is ANYONE going to say they aren’t careful?), it had some very odd pairings.

    Light-hearted 1 – 5 Responsible

    All I want to know is why I can’t be both?

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