Leisure or as some call it, the art and science of doing nothing. It’s something we all want yet rarely have.
Our modern workplace culture prides itself on filling every one of our minutes, even if it’s all for show. Yet leisure is necessary for insight, which is a key component in today’s knowledge economy.
Far from being the result of productive labour, for the knowledge worker, leisure is a necessary part of the labour. While it may seem non-productive, that is only looking at it from one angle.
In this excerpt, from The Theory of the Leisure Class, Thorstein Veblen defines leisure as the “nonproductive consumption of time.”
(h/t Lampham’s Quarterly)
This piece originally appeared on Farnam Street.
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