To make laziness work for you, put some effort into it – Neel Burton | Aeon Ideas

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There’s a contradiction here. We are predisposed to laziness and dream of being idle; at the same time, we always want to be doing something, always need to be distracted. How are we to resolve this paradox?

Society prepares us for years and years for being useful as it sees it, but gives us absolutely no training in, and little opportunity for, idleness. But strategic idleness is a high art and hard to pull off – not least because we are programmed to panic the moment we step out of the rat race. 

The world would be a much better place if we could all spend a year looking out of our window.

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