if you are idle, be not solitary
August 23, 2012, 10:39 pm
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Or another way of saying it – my specialty – is:  if you’re alone, do something; and if you’re not doing anything, find someone to do it with.  And are you a scold if you tell someone to find companionship when lonely, and activity when idle?  A scold or at least a literalist, and quite possibly a bore.

Subtlety from the English author Samuel Johnson:

The great direction which Burton has left to men disordered like you, is this: Be not solitary, be not idle; which I would thus modify:  if you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.
There is a letter for you, from
Your humble servant,
London, October 27, 1779

The Idler, Idle Idols: Samuel Johnson


just-do-it junkie
December 18, 2008, 10:03 pm
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It has been a long time since the Middle Ages, but it still seems incredible how things have changed since then.  For example religious doctrine, everyone’s favorite topic.  In the following quotation from Tom Hodgkinson’s The Freedom Manifesto, we learn that the Christian church during the Middle Ages preached against work because to work is to rely on oneself instead of fully trusting in God.  Man, things have changed.  Puritan/evangelical bait and switch – accomplished with ease by shuffling and twisting the same basic script – and hey presto now work is god.

We’ve been told religion is an opiate, and that entertainment is an opiate, that TV is an idiot box, that we are amusing ourselves to death.  The bright light of scrutiny has been for generations trained on religion and entertainment, and we’ve come to define them both as … ‘hobbies’, lesser pursuits or maybe follies.  And the strength of that scrutiny has allowed leisure and mystery’s stern corollary work, to remain unchallenged.  It’s time to swing the lamp around and see what else is lurking in the dark corners of the room.  As opiates, religion and entertainment don’t come close to the high that work gives in this just-do-it junkie culture.

Here is the quotation from