Jack Saturday

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 83, 84

The happy professional processional

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check out Jeff Schmidt's adventure with this book

read his intro

Perhaps you can judge the inner health of a land by the capacity of its people to do nothing—to lie abed musing, to amble about aimlessly, to sit having a coffee—because whoever can do nothing, letting his [sic] thoughts go where they may, must be at peace with himself.
Sebastian de Grazia

In African life, a person creates, produces, and makes time - "as much time as he [sic] wants". It is possible in technological society to waste time. So westerners, viewing an apparently idle African through the wrong lens, fail to see what time means here: "Those who are seen sitting down, are actually not wasting time, but either waiting for time or in the process of 'producing' time." Waiting for time? Even better, producing time? What harried citizen of a technological culture could resist the seductive appeal of this prospect? All we have to do is think differently, and then, as we sit idle, watching the clouds, we might become little factories, manufacturing time for ourselves. All the time we need, all the time there is.
James Gleick


  • Interesting link to the book Jack...once again cant get audio to work any way will try another way. Regards, Australian reader

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:40 AM  

  • Hey, wish I could help from this end. If you get it working, send me the name of a favorite progressive thinker, maybe I've got a clip I can put up.


    By Blogger Jack Saturday, at 9:08 AM  

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