"The virtue of idleness"

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Aug 8 2004 09:58
"The virtue of idleness"
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From yesterday's guardian (couldn't be arsed posting it till just now wink)

It is a sad fact that from early childhood we are tyrannised by the moral myth that it is right, proper and good to leap out of bed the moment we wake in order to set about some useful work as quickly and cheerfully as possible. Parents begin the brainwashing process and then school works yet harder to indoctrinate its charges with the necessity of early rising. My own personal guilt about feeling physically incapable of rising early in the morning continued well into my 20s.

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For all modern society's promises of leisure, liberty and doing what you want, most of us are still slaves to a schedule we did not choose. Why have things come to such a pass? Well, the forces of the anti-idle have been at work since the fall of man. The propaganda against oversleeping goes back a very long way, more than 2,000 years, to the Bible. Here is Proverbs, chapter 6, on the subject:

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

(I would question the sanity of a religion that holds up the ant as an example of how to live. The ant system is an exploitative aristocracy based on the unthinking toil of millions of workers and the complete inactivity of a single queen and a handful of drones.)

A man after my own heart Mr. T

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Aug 8 2004 13:41

For anarchists, the stuff in that article about the fictional nature of a 'job' and a 'work ethic' makes excellent breakfast reading.

AlexA
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Aug 8 2004 16:11

i read some of that yesterday too - twas pretty 8)

Wayne
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Aug 10 2004 18:12

Guardian reading middle class wankers. wink

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Aug 17 2004 19:10

do you ever visit anxietyculture.com? you'll like it im sure.

Jon
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Aug 29 2004 18:13

have you guys read Bob Blacks essay on abolition of work?

http://www.insurgentdesire.org.uk/abolition.htm

Work is slavery, when you look at it in a different light.

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Sep 1 2004 22:09
madashell wrote:

From yesterday's guardian

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Sep 1 2004 22:14
madashell wrote:
Parents begin the brainwashing process and then school works yet harder to indoctrinate its charges with the necessity of early rising. My own personal guilt about feeling physically incapable of rising early in the morning continued well into my 20s.

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Sep 1 2004 22:16
madashell wrote:
Well, the forces of the anti-idle have been at work since the fall of man. The propaganda against oversleeping goes back a very long way, more than 2,000 years, to the Bible.

Reductionist

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Sep 2 2004 00:07
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work could well be slavery if u look at it in a different light. Then again Sonia from Eastenders is probably a stunner in a certain light as well.

She looks like a moomin!

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Sep 2 2004 06:17

One thing the Anarchist movement does not need is more idleness........

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Sep 2 2004 11:08

Did the guy who wrote that article just write a book as well? Anyone seen it?

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Sep 2 2004 17:40
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Parents begin the brainwashing process and then school works yet harder to indoctrinate its charges with the necessity of early rising. My own personal guilt about feeling physically incapable of rising early in the morning continued well into my 20s.

i felt this for a while but im over it. i get up early in the summer and late in the winter. i stay up late all year round coz i have trouble winding down without drugs. occasionally i stay awake reading or playing station all night, and i remember how beautiful it is when the day is just beginning. the sound of birds and maybe a milkvan, and fresh fresh unbroken air. then i go to bed.

i also particularly like that time, probably about 3 or 4am on a week night, when the night is really still and noone is awake and you feel safe and fresh and peaceful.

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Sep 19 2004 23:04

The work ethic that we are indoctrinated with in this system that is so-often glorified by certain leftist (particually the Trots) has it's origins in the puritanism of the 15th and 16th centuries. These people made a virtue out of work for work's sake, whereas all sane people before them would have known that work is what you to do in order produce the basic necesities to survive and nothing more. Any labour beyond this that does not benefit the individual's community and is performed under coersion is an indignity.

Unfortunately we live in a society where the overwhelming majority of work performed is unnessesary for material survival or even comfort. This puritan work ethic coupled with the neo-liberal economic system works very well at keeping us working away at useless, spirit-crushing tasks in order to buy our survival. Consequently we have barely the time or energy to think, let alone educate and organise ourselves. What a fucking ingenious little mind-prison it all is.

I used to work for Sita as a binman. The crew I worked with used to pick up commecial waste (shops, supermarkets, offices). Collecting rubish might seem like an essential service, but what we were mostly collecting and burying in the landfill was waste plasic and cardboard from packaging. The majority of domestic waste consists of the same stuff. Considering that we are heading straight for an oil drought in the next 20 years, this whole situation and all the work envolved in proping it up (Production, 'consumption' and disposal of packaging) seems not only useless, but breath-takingly stupid. The organic matter from domestic waste could be composted, packaging could be dractically cut and recylced when it is used, and we would then be cutting out a huge amount of unnessesary work.

Then of course you have all the truely useless occupations; marketing, advertising, banking, administration, parlaimentary politics, etc...

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Sep 25 2004 12:08
redyred wrote:
madashell wrote:

From yesterday's guardian

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Sep 25 2004 12:23

For everyone to be working for most of the time now is unnecessary, but that only dates from some time in the late 19th or even early 20th century in the West. I mean, when most people were subsistence farmers (like still in a lot of the 3rd world today), you ahd to get up at dawn every morning and plough your field, sow your crops etc, and didnt' stop working till sunset. So yeah I agree, alot of labour nowadays is unnecessary, but that's only become true (and only in the West) recently, because of mechanisation in industry and agriculture, and might even be partly to do with the fact that most mining, oil drilling and so on takes place in the 3rd world now.