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Leisure has often been defined as a quality of experience or as free time. Free time is time spent away from business, work, job hunting, domestic chores, and education, as well as necessary activities such as eating and sleeping. From a research perspective, this approach has the advantages of being quantifiable and comparable over time and place.
Idleness is not just a psychological necessity, requisite to the construction of a complete human being; it constitutes as well a kind of political space, a space as necessary to the workings of an actual democracy as, say, a free press. How does it do this? By allowing us time to figure out who we are, and what we believe; by allowing us time to consider what is unjust, and what we might do about it. By giving the inner life (in whose precincts we are most ourselves) its due. Which is precisely what makes idleness dangerous. All manner of things can grow out of that fallow soil.
Mark Slouka, “Quitting the paint factory: On the virtues of idleness,” Harper’s, November 2004.
And leave us leisure to be good.
Thomas Gray, Hymn, Adversity, scene 3.
There is no wisdom without leisure.
Ancient Jewish Wisdom, cited by W. B. Yeats in an address given 3/28/1923.
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