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5 Things I Learned Reading: How To Be Idle, By: Tom Hodgkinson

Here are 5 things I learned reading, How To Be Idle, By: Tom Hodgkinson

2. Work for yourself, if possible. The prize for 22 years of school should not be taking orders eight hours a day from someone you depend on totally for your income.

3. Lunch was meant to be savored, like they still do in parts of Europe. Two or three hours, if possible. Drinks. Food. Conversation.

4. Some of the joy in idleness comes from doing it while others are working.

5. "Idleness as a waste of time is a damaging notion put about by its spiritually vacant enemies. The fact that idling can be enormously productive is repressed. Musicians are characterized as slackers; writers as selfish ingrates; artists as dangerous. Robert Louis Stevenson expressed the paradox as follows in “An Apology for Idlers” (1885): “Idleness . . . does not consist in doing nothing, but in doing a great deal not recognized in the dogmatic formularies of the ruling class.” Long periods of languor, indolence and staring at the ceiling are needed by any creative person in order to develop ideas."