As we count the days left until 2016, I have made an extensive list of things to improve next year, which if not reaffirmed regularly, will be soon neglected.
That is the case with many people, not because we don't want to, but simply because we get busy. We take time now to map our year with the do’s and don’ts but a few, indeed, follow through. Because we get busy.
In the context of being so damn busy all the time and setting our next year’s resolutions, I have come across some great reads on leisure, its long forgotten effect on humans and its much needed return to confront the contradiction that rises from the overemphasis on the world of work we live in.
“Today, in our culture of productivity-fetishism, we have succumbed to the tyrannical notion of 'work/life balance' and have come to see the very notion of “leisure” not as essential to the human spirit but as self-indulgent luxury reserved for the privileged or deplorable idleness reserved for the lazy. And yet the most significant human achievements between Aristotle’s time and our own — our greatest art, the most enduring ideas of philosophy, the spark for every technological breakthrough — originated in leisure, in moments of unburdened contemplation, of absolute presence with the universe within one’s own mind and absolute attentiveness to life without, be it Galileo inventing modern timekeeping after watching a pendulum swing in a cathedral or Oliver Sacks illuminating music's incredible effects on the mind while hiking in a Norwegian fjord”( http://bit.ly/1Moen8U )
Perhaps one of our New Year’s resolutions is to be more idle, to take time away, to escape for a few hours a day, to take more days off or longer vacations, just to let the spirit wander, explore and sit and watch its amazing ability to take you to places you didn't know even existed.
"Leisure is a condition of the soul — (and we must firmly keep this assumption, since leisure is not necessarily present in all the external things like “breaks,” “time off,” “weekend,” “vacation,” and so on — it is a condition of the soul) — leisure is precisely the counterpoise to the image for the “worker.”(http://bit.ly/1Moen8U)
Another great concept similar to the above is available as an audio script: Lazy: A Manifesto. Available: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/04/03/lazy-a-manifesto/
Take the time to read the whole article: 'Leisure, the Basis of Culture: An Obscure German Philosopher’s Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism'. Available at http://bit.ly/1Moen8U
This may be your best resolution ever. To reward yourself with the ability to be “at leisure” is one of the basic powers of the human soul. Learn it, master it! In 2016!
Happy New Year!