Posted by: gebs | May 17, 2008

Boredom

“The great enemy of the world, public enemy number one, is boredom….. Thanks to the mechanical devices which we increasingly charge with the burden not only of production but also of calculation, the quantity of unused human energy is growing at a disturbing rate both within us and around us; and this phenomenon will reach its climax in the near future, when nuclear forces have been harnessed to useful work.  I repeat: despite all appearances, mankind is bored.  Perhaps this is the underlying cause of all our troubles.  We no longer know what to do with ourselves.  Hence in social terms the disorderly turmoil of individuals pursuing conflicting and egoistical aims; and, on the national scale, the chaos of armed conflict in which, for want of a better object, the excess of accumulated energy is destructively released…..’Idleness, mother of all vices’.”

– Teilhard de Chardin, The Future of Man.


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