Could it be also that circumstances are putting us into a forced labor camp-like situation? Totalitarian regimes have a nasty habit of keeping their people so busy that they don’t have time to be idle and contemplate their desperate situation. Is that what our corporatocracy has done to us? And how did we let ourselves be squeezed into such a state of affairs?
The survival mindset requires making time to have some solitude for reflection and personal growth. Many of the world’s religions encourage this as well. Jesus deliberately took time to pray..
Here’s an excerpt of an article on productive idleness by Claire Wolfe. It’s from the January/February 2008 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” and contains timeless advice.
The joys of idleness
By Claire Wolfe
Boredom. Yep, idleness—true idleness, not soccer games or cocktails by the pool, but absolute, true Just Doing Nothing—can be so boring you can almost hear your fingernails grow. This is exactly— precisely!—when idleness begins to get good. Just stay right at that spot. Don’t go turn on the TV set. Don’t call up a girlfriend. Don’t busy yourself in the woodshop (although later, much later, the woodshop may, for other reasons, become a place of joyful idleness). Just be bored for now. It isn’t fatal.
Eventually something, you can be sure of it, will bubble out of this deadening of mind and body. You’ll recall some old dream you never followed through on. You’ll start wondering how a prism works. You’ll invent a fictional alter-ego. You’ll remember a neglected knitting project from five years ago. You’ll design your dream house. Who knows?
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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.