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The Busy Trap

Tim Kreider writes:

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.

There’s a voice in my head that says curiosity has to have an outcome, that if there isn’t something to show at the end, it’s not worth exploring. Nice to be reminded there are other perspectives.