Dec 26, 2006

The simple life is not lazy

Simplifying our lives does not mean sinking into idleness, but on the contrary, getting rid of the most subtle aspect of laziness: the one which makes us take on thousands of less important activities. —MATTHIEU RICARD

Ah, yes, distractions. I can attest to that, that having myriad of things and choices tends to distract a body, cutting into time that could have been spent on projects that might leave a more satisfying feeling. You know, like when you've spent a little while surfing the internett - and then realize it's been hours, hours not spent doing something else. In other words, make sure you are in charge of your habits, not the other way around.


SolSionnach said...

this reminds me of what I just posted on Spiritspeaks... where I didn't elaborate exactly where I'm sick of the snark - it's in the blogs I've been reading.

Losing the wifi connection is a really GOOD thing, because waiting around for the videos etc just isn't worth the time.

Love you, Keera... that quote is right on, time to simplify from all the myriad distractions. I used to think it was restful, now I'm not so sure.

Keera Ann Fox said...

This is why I don't watch shows where the idea is to tear someone apart (like reality shows or American Idol and even a lot of sit-coms). It's the soul's equivalent of empty calories: immediately gratifying but otherwise useless.

Plato, I believe, said to be careful about what goes into your soul because it will never leave.

SolSionnach said...

I've never watched reality TV, either. I even don't like sitcoms where characters behave in a stupid way, and you can see their comuppance coming a mile away. I never liked those, even as a teenager, probably because I saw them as mean-spirited - and I had enough of mean-spiritedness as a schoolgirl for the rest of my life.

If he said that, Plato was a wise man.

Keera Ann Fox said...

I never appreciated comedy that depends on someone misunderstanding a situation because somebody else couldn't speak up. But in real life, we do encounter stupidity and comedy/a sense of humor can actually help us cope. After all, if I am to be honest, my favorite sit-com, M*A*S*H, features one character consistently behaving in a stupid way. :-)

I haven't been able to verify the attribution to Plato, but he can have it for the time being. It sounds like something he'd say.