The ‘Busy’ Trap

July 9, 2012

The NY Times' Tim Kreider's defense 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.

Reminded me of my all-time favorite essay on idleness, Quitting the Paint Factory.