Learning to be Idle: Lateness applied

This book caused me to indulge in an extra nap or two over break, and really prevented me from not only finishing the book, but doing a lot of work that should have been done.  The important point: I was happy, just like the toddler napping.

Discussion of “How to be Idle”:

  • Must be a discussion during a great lunch after a few martinis, a must, for anything and everything good in life.
  • Whole point of the point: enjoy life, try not to be so self-depricating, eat good food and drink merrily, have a cigarette occasionally, and make sure you nap if you need to.
  • Ancient Chinese Philosophy that “freedom and non-chalance” and essential in a “wise and merry philosophy of living”
  • Most pernicious myth of modern society:  that a job is the answer to all woes.
  • The clock and the machine tore us from nature.
  • Frightening person:  John Wesley–enjoyed terrifying and controlling small children through satanic images all to forge an obedient mindset later in life.
  • Low wages keep people from toiling.  Hunger as a motivation to work is now replaced with possessions and status (the need to achieve and obtain these things).
  • Socialism: Oscar Wilde regretted that a portion of the community had been enslaved, but to solve this by enslaving the entire community is childish.
  • According to UN report:  Work kills 2 million people per year.
  • The idler is the student of art and of living.
  • When I read this, life began to make sense:  John Lennon is the perfect image of a modern idler.  He and Yoko spent a week in bed for World Peace!
  • Speaking of, the ned os the perfect place to think, to be creative, and to come up with new ideas—I could not agree more.
  • While I was reading this book, I was drinking tea, and ironically, my tea bag read:  One of the best actions we can take, with courage, is to relax. –Yogi tea bag
  • Society pressures us to get out of bed so we don’t think too much, why not allow for more idleness?

  • Nazi’s were especially fearful of idlers–sent them to work-camps, this is very similar to Lord Farquaad of Shrek world.
  • pg. 41 spelling error of “magnificent”
  • Traditional skiving was during the 17th century when Saint Monday was celebrated by drinking; however; this tradition was killed by the industrial revolution.
  • During the hour of the hangover, noon, we should all just abandon ourselves to the hangover itself and watch Zoolander.  Okay!
  • Tom suggests that we need more days to “convalesce” so that we can reach our full strength and health before we go back to daily life after being sick.
  • Interesting, being ill as considered unpatriotic due to its inconvenience to the work culture.
  • At 3 pm, if naps are taken, they split the day in half and make it more manageable and less stressful.  There used to be much more relaxed work rhythms, but because of the industrial revolution, they are no longer.
  • Some of my favorite, and the world’s favorite people are idlers: John Lennon, Jesus, and Buddha: the nap as an early form of meditation.
  • Tea encourages more intelligent conversations, tea time in Japan and China are linked to seeking enlightenment, Zen Buddhist monks drink tea.  I agreed that loose leaf tea is always better and you can always find a huge selection.
  • Fishing: an activity of idlers.
  • Death: as the ultimate idleness.  Not sure how I feel about these thoughts.
  • In Summary, go enjoy life while smoking a cigarette!

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