In Praise of Wasting Time

In Praise of Wasting Time

Book - 2018 | First TED Books hardcover edition
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In today's frenzied and wired world, we are obsessed with the idea of not "wasting time." But have we lost the silences and solitude so essential to our inner lives? A great deal of evidence suggests the value in wasting time, of letting the mind lie fallow for some periods, of letting minutes and hours go by without scheduled activities or intended tasks, of unplugging from the grid. In this vital investigation of the rush and heave of the modern world, Alan Lightman explores the technological and cultural origins of our time-driven lives. More importantly, he reveals the many values of "wasting time", for replenishing the mind, for creative thought, and for finding and solidifying the inner self. Lightman urges us, as both individuals and as a society, to break free of the idea that not a second is to be wasted and to discover that sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all.
Publisher: New York : TED Books, 2018
Edition: First TED Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501154362
Branch Call Number: 153.35 LIG 2018
Characteristics: 102 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm


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Jul 26, 2018

I am a compulsive "to Do list" maker. I carve out my days by the minute and get frustrated at any perceived "Time Wasting." Thus the title of this book intrigued me. I was expecting a humorous tongue, in cheek book which laughed at the concept of wasting time. Not so. The book was indeed in defense of 'wasting time" and made a strong case for shutting off our devices and letting our minds wander.In return for this sacrifice Lightman promises us that we will disappear into a magical place in the mind where we will be both aware and unaware. We will be both flesh and non-flesh. This will free us from time and we will be truly free.

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