Eclectic Curiosity

Work is Play

Posted on June 28th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Worthwhile’s Anita Sharpe points to this great quote from The Idler’s creator Tom Hodgkinson about productivity and playfulness:

A “characteristic of the idler’s work is that it looks suspiciously like play. This, again, makes the non-idler feel uncomfortable. Victims of the Protestant work ethic would like all work to be unpleasant. They feel that work is a curse, that we must suffer on this earth to earn our place in the next. The idler, on the other hand, sees no reason not to use his brain to organise a life for himself where his play is his work, and so attempt to create his own little paradise in the here and now.

The Idler will also set his own working schedule. He may work all night, all weekend and sleep till noon in the week. This is because the idler is more interested in the results of his labour than in the amount of hours he has put in. Again, these unpredictable working habits disturb the non-idler, who likes to see workers arranged neatly in rows and working to certain schedules.

The non-idler is suspicious of poets, of artists, of writers, and even of entrepreneurs. He doesn’t like the way they control their own lives. He doesn’t like the way they wander round thinking.

He doesn’t like the way they wander round thinking, because when they think, they see the truth…

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