What is it about IDLING that annoys so many people? Are they just incapable of enjoying it, and envious? Or what?
WORK, its opposite, has always struck me as something to avoid if possible. It might be necessary or worthwhile for what can be achieved, but to me WORK is definitely an encumbrance, a burden, a liability… How is it, I used to wonder, that so many people take to it so readily? I mean, even really duff jobs are often preferred to no-job at all.
I’m not talking about income here - millionaires frequently get hooked on some thankless (if highly profitable) task… Don’t they appreciate the opportunity to partake in the art of idling, the benefits of no-effort, resting the brain, shifting their consciousness slightly closer to some condition akin to nirvana? Don’t they realise time is limited, that it happens only once?
You may as well try telling a chain smoker that their lungs are being choked-up and destroyed, or an alcoholic that their liver is getting pickled, or a gambler that their finances are all to hell, and so on and so forth, and expect any of it to stick, as to try telling a workaholic about the STUPENDOUS advantages of IDLING.
All these people are stuck in a blinding habit, they are addicts, hooked on whatever opiate they stumbled into… except that the WORK habit has been drummed into them from infant school, subsequently reinforced in secondary school, then followed-up with media propaganda that hammers home the absurd notion that free-thinking is wrong-headed, and that to IDLE is BAD, to WORK is GOOD.
I knew someone once who worked in the weapons industry. Many people spend their days, years even, designing/making cluster bombs, missiles, battleships, and the rest. If all the people in the world engaged in such projects decided instead to become idlers - even if, for motivation, their salary was doubled - only a numbskull, surely, would argue that the planet and humankind wouldn’t be loads better-off.
Apart from looking after people who need looking after, the most crucial work should be towards automating everything - minimise WORK, effort, consumption, waste, environmental damage…. maximise IDLING, free time, pleasure, enjoyment…. A certain play-off between, for instance, setting-up automatic systems and idling, and between consumption and enjoyment, might be necessary, but these aims are light-years from what currently drives the mad system, and the even madder almost universal addiction to WORK, STRIVING, EFFORT, ENSLAVEMENT…
Not for me though. Not since 40 at any rate. I’m just a BIG intractable, incorrigible, irredeemable idler. It never fails to astonish me how so few of those who could, have ditched the mad addiction that’s been shoved down their throats from nursery school, and opted instead for a life of ease and pleasure…. freedom from hassle and agro and menace, freedom to move around at will… OK, so you can’t have that Jag or that mansion you were working towards, nor that vast security-shield bank-balance you were intending to take with you into eternity, nor either the immortality you’d need to spend it (that was never on the cards); but hey, you idlers out there, you’re free! Enjoy… you owe it to yourself… and you owe it to the planet.