To be idle

“The present hysteria is not a necessary or inevitable condition of life; it’s something we’ve chosen, if only by our acquiescence to it.”

“I once knew a woman who interned at a magazine where she wasn’t allowed to take lunch hours out, lest she be urgently needed for some reason. This was an entertainment magazine whose raison d’être was obviated when “menu” buttons appeared on remotes, so it’s hard to see this pretense of indispensability as anything other than a form of institutional self-delusion.”

“I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.”

“The Puritans turned work into a virtue, evidently forgetting that God invented it as a punishment.”

An ode to idleness. It’s necessary to remind yourself of these truths. Here’s a post I wrote a year ago about the subject.

The ‘Busy’ Trap” by Tim Kreider. NY Times 30JUN12.

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