In Praise of Idleness

Discussion in 'Politics & Law' started by ExpectantlyIronic, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. ExpectantlyIronic

    ExpectantlyIronic e̳̳̺͕ͬ̓̑̂ͮͦͣ͒͒h̙ͦ̔͂?̅̂ ̾͗̑

    I thought it would be fun to discuss this quote from Bertrand Russell's In Praise of Idleness:

    "Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle. Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for the others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish for ever."

    I suggest reading the entire essay. It may be a bit old, but it's as subversive and thought-provoking as ever.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2008

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