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well done! great diary, it addresses a very important misunderstanding we have inculcated into our cultures that if you're groaning under the load, you're not responsible, and if you're not stressed, you're lazy.

this has boiled so much fun out of people, it's unreal.

back in the seventies, a friend once told me, 'the biggest problem we'll have in the future is what to do with all the leisure time'.

sounds good, i thought, (having grown up with two workaholic parents), and these last 40 years, i've seen how it just might be true, though the other side of the coin is that we might have to work harder too, which need not be mutually exclusive.

the internet alone can be so endlessly diverting, then there's games, dvds, hobbies, crafts, arts...

you can even stomach doing something pretty braindead for 3 hrs a day, if you know you have the rest of the day and the evening off.

....and can still afford to live...

another thing that occurs to me is the more unemployment, the more time to talk with your neighbours and try to discern what's really going down, instead of assembling widgets all day in grimy noise, impossible to chat, and too exhausting to nurture a hobby in the evenings.

the more people 'doing nothing' the more awake people will become, especially with the toobz spreading info ahead of, and more truthfully than the dwindling, drooping, propaganda organs of tradmed.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 17th, 2009 at 07:21:15 PM EST
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