In the write-up of my talk at Our Future City in Brighton only yesterday I wrote about the need for boredom in our life as a stimulus for contemplation and the development of an inner life. By sheer coincidence, I opened my feed reader this morning to find a piece on Kierkegaard’s Either/Or on Maria Popover’s brilliant Brainpickings blog and and read this:
Boredom has a long cultural history and an adaptive function in human life — it serves a vital creative purpose and protects us by helping us tolerate open-endedness; in childhood, it becomes the wellspring of imaginative play. And yet we live in a culture that seems obsessed with eradicating boredom, as if it were Ebola or global poverty, and replacing it with a peculiar modern form of active idleness oozing from our glowing screens.
Spot on. Read the rest of the piece here.