Saturday, 10 May 2014

In Praise of Idleness

"I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous.

I want to say, in all seriousness, that a great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of work, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organized diminution of work. " observes Russell.

"The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery," he adds.

"I remember hearing an old Duchess say: 'What do the poor want with holidays? They ought to work.'  People nowadays are less frank, but the sentiment persists, and is the source of much of our economic confusion."

Without the need to work, there's more time for leisure, for doing what we really enjoy.

 Read In Praise Of Idleness by Bertrand Russell