On The Art Of Doing Nothing

7/10/2009




Can we be happy doing nothing?

"Yes!" contends Tom Hodgkinson, the founding
editor of The Idler magazine;

and in How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto,
he supports the argument for idleness with words
of wisdom by such notables as G.K. Chesterton,
Robert Louis Stevenson, Friedrich Nietzsche,
and, of course, Oscar Wilde.

How to Be Idle includes 24 essays on such
topics as "Fishing", "Smoking", "The Pub" and
"The Nap".

Here's some of what Hodgkinson has to say
about the art of napping,


"I count it as an absolute certainty that in paradise,
everyone naps. A nap is a perfect pleasure and it's
useful, too. It splits the day into two halves, making
each half more manageable and enjoyable. How
much easier it is to work in the morning if we know
we have a nap to look forward to after lunch;
and how much more pleasant the late afternoon
and evening become after a little sleep.

If you know there is a nap to come later in the day,
then you can banish forever that terrible sense of
doom one feels at 9 A.M. with eight hours of straight
toil ahead.

Not only that, but a nap can offer a glimpse into a
twilight nether world where gods play and dreams
happen."


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