Thursday, January 24, 2008

In praise of idleness

Here's a great excerpt from Bertrand Russell's classic 1932 essay, "In Praise of Idleness":

First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid. The second kind is capable of indefinite extension: there are not only those who give orders, but those who give advice as to what orders should be given. Usually two opposite kinds of advice are given simultaneously by two organized bodies of men; this is called politics.




Bertrand Russell (1872–1970).


—Mellow Monk


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