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The 'Busy' Trap

The 'Busy' Trap

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The 'Busy' Trap

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The Busy Trap

  • If you live in America in the 21st century you've probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are.
  • We count the ways you've been told how busy you are, and the stock response is a kind of congratulation: "That's a good problem to have."
  • It's almost always people whose busyness is purely self-imposed.
  • They're busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety because they're addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.

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The Collective Curse Of Busyness

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously, your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, and in-demand every hour of the day.

It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this, any more than any one person wants to be part of a traffic jam or stadium trampling or the hierarchy of cruelty in high school — it’s something we collectively force one another to do.

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The Pursuit Of Idleness

Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.

Idle dreaming is often of the essence of what we do.

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